Local Updates

Here you can find the latest updates from the Wolverhampton City Council, Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group and Healthwatch Wolverhampton. 

There are three simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other

  • Wash hands keep washing your hands regularly
  • Cover face wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
  • Make space stay at least a metre apart

 

 

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Covid-19 remains a serious health risk

Covid-19 continues to be a serious health risk, we should all stay cautious to help protect ourselves and others. You should:

  • Let fresh air in if you meet indoors. Meeting outdoors is safer
  • Wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • Get tested and self-isolate if required
  • If you haven’t already, get vaccinated

 

New variant restrictions

From Tuesday 30 November some of the rules are changing to help fight the new variant of Covid-29 called Omicron variant.

A new Covid variant – Omicron – has been identified, and there are fears that it could be more infectious and less responsive to vaccines Precautions are being taken until scientists can properly assess what the new variant’s impact could be. The government says it will review the changes again in three weeks’ time.

The changes include:

  • Face maks are compulsory in shops and on public transport
  • Pupils at secondary schools in England are being “strongly advised” to wear face coverings in communal areas. The guidance also applies to staff and visitors at all schools and childcare settings
  • All contacts of suspected Omicron cases will be required to self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of a person’s vaccination status
  • Anyone entering the UK will be required to have a PCR test within 48 hours of arrival and will need to self isolate until they have a negative result 

 

Testing advice update

The government has updated its Covid-19 testing guidance in the run-up to Christmas, recommending that people in England take lateral flow tests before going to high-risk settings.

This includes spending time in crowded areas such as busy shopping streets, or when visiting vulnerable people in enclosed spaces.

Taking a lateral flow test before seeing family or friends this Christmas could help stop the virus from spreading. 

You should do this even if you are vaccinated, this is because you could still catch Covid-19 and pass it on to others. 

 

Booster vaccines offered to over 40’s

Booster vaccines are being offered to over 40’s to help strengthen the protection given by the second dose of the vaccine. This is because the protection naturally reduces over time – this happens naturally with immunity and is why we catch the cold and flu multiple times. 

You can get a booster vaccine at least 6 months after your second dose and:

  • You are 40 or over
  • You are 16 or over, with a health condition that puts you at high risk from Covid
  • You are a front-line health or social care worker
  • You are an adult living with an immunosuppressed person

Some people with severely suppressed immune systems will receive a third vaccine anyway – and may get a booster at a later date.

 

 

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