Vaccines are the way out of this pandemic. An effective vaccine is the best way to protect you from coronavirus.
Following extensive safety trials and authorisation by the independent regulator, effective COVID-19 vaccines are now available for free in the UK. The vaccination programme is well underway in Surrey Heartlands. Primary care, hospital and community teams are working with our county and borough councils and a wide range of other community partners and are doing an incredible job to deliver what is the largest vaccination programme in NHS history.
To inform the implementation of this programme, an pdf Equality Impact Assessment (726 KB) (EIA) was carried out in December 2020. As with all EIAs, the risks and issues identified and the mitigations and actions implemented have been and will remain under constant review through our Equalities and Engagement Sub-Group. The aim is to ensure equity of access to the Covid-19 vaccines for every person living in Surrey Heartlands.
An independent group of experts (Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation) has recommended that the NHS offers first vaccines to those at higher risk of catching Covid-19 and of suffering serious complications or dying from the virus.
Read the latest guidance on priority groups on GOV.UK
To find out more about the vaccination progamme, visit our Surrey Heartlands COVID-19 Vaccination Programme webpage.
Latest national information about COVID-19
For the latest national NHS updates please go to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) page of NHS.UK
The latest information from Public Health England about Coronavirus (COVID-19) is on the Public Health England website.
The most up to date advice is available on the NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) website.
Use the NHS 111 online Coronavirus (COVID-19) service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Use the 111 Coronavirus (COVID-19) service, but please only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
How to avoid catching or spreading Coronavirus (COVID-19)
There are things you can do to help stop viruses like Coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading.
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately
- wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
More information on protecting yourself and your community is available on the Surrey County Council website.
Supporting your recovery after Coronavirus (COVID-19)
As you find yourself recovering from Coronavirus (COVID-19) you may still be coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both your body and mind.
These changes should get better over time, some may take longer than others, but there are things you can do to help.
Your Coronavirus (COVID-19) Recovery helps you to understand what has happened and what you might expect as part of your recovery.
To find out more about 'Long Covid', visit our Long Covid webpage.
- NHS answers to common questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19)s
- GOV.UK information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the situation in the UK
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