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Following extensive trials, we have safe and effective vaccines for COVID-19 now available. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect people from coronavirus and will save thousands of lives.
The COVID-19 vaccination programme is the biggest in NHS history.
The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus. The vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and pharmacies, at local vaccination centres run by GPs and at larger vaccination centres. More centres are opening all the time.
It’s being given to:
The vaccine will be offered more widely as soon as possible.
The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
Here’s how we can help them:
We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions that might be useful for you.
You can also find more information about the COVID-19 vaccine on the NHS website: www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine.
For information on the vaccination centre at St James Hospital and the temporary changes to travel around the site to help with traffic flow visit the Portsmouth City Council news pages.
We’re aware of some reported scams relating to the COVID-19 vaccination. Find out more about how you can protect yourself.
Do not leave home if you, or someone you live with, has any of the following:
Anyone with any of the above symptoms of coronavirus can ask for a test to check if they have the virus, including children. You should do this immediately and shouldn’t leave home except to get tested.
You and anyone you live with, or those in your support bubble, need to self-isolate whilst you await the result.
If you are in need of additional support during the coronavirus outbreak i.e. you are clinically vulnerable and you don’t have someone who can support you with things like getting food and medicines then HIVE Portsmouth can help. Call them on 023 9261 6709 (lines are open 9am-5pm Monday – Friday) or visit hiveportsmouth.org.uk for more information.
Many factors can influence our physical and psychological wellbeing. There are many options available to help you keep healthy and happy if you find that you’re struggling with your mental health at the moment.
The NHS has launched a free app as part of its Test and Trace service. It’s the fastest way to see if you’re at risk of coronavirus.
The app will alert you if you’ve been near other app users who have tested positive for coronavirus. It also allows you to quickly check-in to venues, see if the infection rate is increasing in your local area, check symptoms and book a coronavirus test. If you need to self-isolate it will set a countdown timer.
The app tracks coronavirus and not you. It doesn’t store any personal information about you or track your location. It can’t access your phone contacts and it keeps your privacy and identity secure.
The app is available in different languages and is easy to download for free. Search ‘NHS Covid19’ where you usually get your apps from on your smartphone.
For more information including a video explaining the app visit www.covid19.nhs.uk.
This page was updated on 13 Apr 2021 and is due for review by 13 Apr 2022
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