COVID Updates – 03.03.21
- All households with children of school age to get 2 rapid COVID-19 tests per person per week
- The Government announced on Friday 26th that families and households with primary school-age children, including child care and support bubbles, will be able to test themselves twice every week from home as schools return from 8 March.
- To help stop the spread of coronavirus and minimise disruption to education, we encourage all families to participate in this testing.
You can get tested in four ways:
- workplace testing
- visit a community testing site – click here
- organise for home kits to be delivered to your home – order lateral flow testing kits – here
- collect home testing kits from your nearest testing site – find your local testing site – here
What will I be asked to do if I take the Lateral Flow Test:
- take a test twice a week (every 3 or 4 days apart)
- report every result to NHS Test and Trace on the same day you take the test
- report your test result online – here or call 119
- If anyone tests positive or gets coronavirus symptoms, they should tell the school and:
- self-isolate immediately
- get a PCR test to confirm the result
- follow the stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection – click here
- A negative result means the test did not find signs of coronavirus. But this does not guarantee you do not have coronavirus, so you should keep following all coronavirus advice including:
- regular handwashing
- social distancing
- wearing a face-covering where recommended
- The COVID-19 vaccine gives you the best protection from coronavirus.
- The vaccines approved in the UK are safe and effective. They do not contain any animal products or egg and have been tested on tens of thousands of people from many backgrounds.
- Like all vaccines, you may experience some side effects, but these are usually mild and shouldn’t last longer than a week. For example, you may have a sore arm where the needle went, a headache, feel sick, tired or achy.
- Although the vaccine will reduce your chances of becoming seriously ill, you could still get and spread coronavirus. It’s important to continue protecting your family and friends by following government guidelines – even after you’ve received the vaccine.
- There’s no need to contact your local NHS organisation – they will get in touch when it’s your turn to be vaccinated. Anyone over 70 who hasn’t been called can contact the NHS – book online, call 119 or their GP.
- When you’re invited to get the vaccine, please go. The sooner we are all vaccinated, the sooner we can hug our families, see our friends and get (London/Ealing/Southall/Acton/Greenford/Northolt etc) back to normal.
Please see a range of links and information:
- NHS NWL CCGs Covid-19 website (Detail about the COVID-19 vaccination programme across North West London – click here
- More detailed information about Covid-19 vaccines – click here
- How are Covid-19 vaccines being developed so quickly?
- Video to explain this process – click here
- Video of a local vaccination centre. Southall Dominion Centre Vaccination Hub on BBC news – click here