The government has announced its plan for ‘Living with COVID’ and the associated guidance:
- You are longer legally required to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19 but it is strongly advised you do.
- Unvaccinated close contacts of those testing positive do not need to isolate.
- Routine contact tracing ends.
- Free universal symptomatic and asymptomatic testing for the general public in England will stop from 1 April.
Key Messaging for long-term guidance
View the overview document here: Overview document – covid-19 comms toolkit
You can help to adapt behaviour to reduce the risk of catching and passing on COVID-19 by:
- Getting vaccinated.
- Letting fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meeting outside.
- Consider wearing a face-covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, especially where coming into contact with people you do not usually meet.
- Trying to stay at home if unwell.
- Taking a test if displaying COVID-19 symptoms, and staying at home and avoiding other people if testing positive.
- Washing hands and following advice “Catch it, Bin it, Kill it”
Download the resources here: Behaviours resources
Testing and self-isolation
- Even though there is no longer a legal requirement to self-isolate, you are strongly advised to stay at
home if you test positive for COVID-19.
- Adults and children who test positive are advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least 5 full days and then continue to follow the guidance until they have received 2 negative test results on consecutive days.
- Staying at home if you test positive with COVID will protect your loved ones and those who are vulnerable to COVID-19.
Download the resources here: Testing and self-isolation resources
Tested positive for COVID-19? You could be eligible to take part in a study to help learn more about new antiviral treatments.
The aim of the Panoramic trial is to find new treatments that help those suffering from COVID-19 at home and in the community get better quicker and without needing to be treated in hospital.
Download the resources here: Antivirals resources
Before travelling to or from England you should check on gov.uk to see:
- Entry requirements for a country you’re going to or travelling through
- What you need to do before and after you return to England
- Whether you need to take any tests and when
- What you need to do to travel with children
- Whether you’re exempt from any rules
Download the resources here: International Travel resources
91.4% of the 12+ population have had at least one COVID jab but only 66.1% have been boosted. The vaccine is your main form of defence from COVID-19.
Available for everyone aged 16 and over even if you are not a citizen of the UK.
NEW: JCVI has advised a spring booster (second booster dose) to people 75+, residents in care homes and 12+ who are immunosuppressed.
Download the resources here: Vaccination booster resources
Myth – The vaccines were rushed through without proper safety checks.
Reality – Like any other vaccine, the COVID-19 vaccines underwent extensive safety checks. No stages in the vaccine development process were bypassed however some parts were speeded up, such as the rapid recruitment of volunteers.
Myth – You can’t get a vaccine if you are in the UK illegally.
Reality – Overseas visitors to England, including anyone living in the UK without permission, can be tested, treated or vaccinated for COVID-19 for free (testing free until 1 April 2022)
Download the myth resources here: vaccine myth
When someone has COVID-19 in the workplace, they breathe it out in particles. Particles that hang in the air like smoke, and can be breathed in by other employees and customers.
Ensuring workspaces and business premises are well ventilated will help disperse these particles and keep employees and customers safe.
It’s important that all businesses update their risk assessment and take action to remedy poorly ventilated spaces.
Download the resources here:
- Information for employers
- Resources for 18+ audiences: Vaccines for 18+
- Resources for parents:
- Other vaccinations: Emergency booster resources
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