Coronavirus News September 2021

Local booster programme

Some of you will have heard the Prime Minister announce that people over 50yrs old, and Clinically Extremely Vulnerable adults under 50yrs of age, will be given a booster vaccination this autumn.

Our local booster programme (Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire) started last week.

Those who are working in health and social care, frontline health roles, over 50 years of age and over 16-year-olds with underlying health conditions will be called for a booster jab.  This programme is about protecting those who are most vulnerable in our communities.  People who are entitled to a booster jab will be invited via text message or a letter by the NHS.  You do not need to contact the NHS directly.

If you have already had two doses of a vaccine, you have strong protection against the virus.  We want to reassure those people are who are eligible that there is plenty of vaccine booster for everyone.

For more information about the vaccination programme visit the Healthier Together website.

Booster jab = a further vaccine injection to increase a person’s protection from catching a serious infection.

COVID Pass fraud

Some criminals are getting people to hand over money, financial details, and personal information in return for a fake NHS COVID Pass. 

They are sending text messages, emails and making phone calls pretending to be from the NHS, and offering fake vaccine certificates for sale online and through social media.

Remember:

  1. The NHS App is FREE.
  2. The NHS COVID Pass is FREE.
  3. The NHS will NEVER ask for payment or any financial details.

This scam is dangerous.  As well as the risk of them scaring people into giving them money, this scam also means that some people who have not been vaccinated could gain entry to events and infect large numbers of people.

So, can use the NHS COVID Pass to prove you have been vaccinated or tested, either in a digital or paper format using the NHS App, the NHS website or by calling 119.

For more information on the NHS COVID Pass visit the NHS website.

Report a fraudulent message or phone call at Action Fraud.

New rules for international travel

The Transport Secretary is changing the Coronavirus rules for international travel.

From 4am on Monday 4 October the current system will be replaced by a single (red) list of countries and territories that we cannot travel to/from, and easier rules for travelling to and from the rest of the world.

The main change is that the testing rules are being reduced for fully vaccinated travellers, so they will no longer need to take a test before travelling to England.

From the end of October, fully vaccinated passengers coming from the UK, and people with an approved vaccine from a list of countries we can travel to, will be able to replace their day 2 test with a lateral flow test.  This will make it cheaper to get tests when arriving in England.

Anyone who tests positive should self-isolate and take a PCR test, at no extra cost.  Testing for people from countries we can travel to, but who are not fully vaccinated, will include tests before travelling to the UK, followed by a PCR test on day 2 of their visit, and on day 8.

For more information on the new system for international travel, visit GOV.UK

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