Stay on the Ball and Remember to Stay Safe - (COVID Update – 02 July 2021)
With restrictions still in place, please remember to keep following the latest guidance and stay safe. For the latest information on COVID restrictions, please see the GOV.UK website – and remember hands, face, space, fresh air.
Step 3 restrictions remain in place. There is currently a 4-week pause at Step 3 of the roadmap and it is expected that England will move to Step 4 on 19 July.
How the rules changed on 21 June
From 21 June you can have more guests at weddings, civil partnerships and commemorative events following a funeral depending on venue capacity and how many can be safely accommodated with social distancing. The rules on care home visits and domestic residential visits for children also changed on 21 June.
For more information, please see the GOV.UK website
The Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is reminding everyone that the road to less Covid-19 restrictions is through vaccination and testing. Everyone aged 18 and over is now invited to get vaccinated.
The Covid-19 vaccine is being offered at local vaccination centres run by GPs, at large vaccination centres, in some pharmacies and some hospitals. For more local details, please see the CCG website.
The vaccine is currently being given to people who:
- Are aged 18 or over
- Are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
- Are an eligible frontline health or social care worker
- Have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
- Have a learning disability
- Are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus.
For more information on COVID vaccinations, or for details on how to book your vaccination, please see the NHS website.
Symptom-free home testing kits are widely available at hundreds of pharmacies and workplaces across Kent and can also be ordered online and delivered to your door.
Everyone without symptoms should get tested twice per week. Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 have no symptoms, so it's important to get tested regularly to make sure you are not unknowingly spreading the virus.
You can book a test for people with symptoms by visiting the GOV.UK website or by calling 119.
Remember to stay safe if you're out and about this weekend - including if you're watching the football with friends on Saturday night.
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