Advice and guidance
Remaining Covid-19 restrictions in England have now been removed. The UK Health Security Agency has published their Living with respiratory infections, including Covid-19 guidance.
Shielding has now ended, if you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should be aware of the guidance for people previously considered extremely vulnerable from Covid-19.
There are still steps you can take to reduce the risk of catching and spreading COVID-19:
- get vaccinated
- wash hands; keep washing your hands regularly
- consider wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces
- open windows to let fresh air in enclosed spaces
- consider staying at home if you are feeling unwell or have symptoms
- follow the Living safely with respiratory infections, including Covid-19 guidance
You can keep up to date on Essex County Council’s services on their website
Free testing for COVID-19 from the NHS has ended for most people in England. If you still wish to test, you can buy Covid-19 tests at some pharmacies or retailers.
There are a small number of people who will still be able to get free COVID-19 tests from the NHS:
If you have a health condition which means you're eligible for new COVID-19 treatments
If you're going into hospital for surgery or a procedure
If you work in the NHS or in social care
For more details, you can check the NHS guidance to changes to Covid-19 testing in England.
You can find out the latest about the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine from the Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership.
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