Coronavirus (Covid-19): An Easy Read Guide
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Guidance for Parents
COVID VACCINATION PROGRAMME
The covid vaccination programme will shortly be underway in Redbridge. As the vaccination programme gets underway we will invite patients who are eligible to have the vaccine to book their appointments.
For now we ask our residents to help us deliver this effectively to those who need it most by doing the following:
- wait to be invited for your vaccine – you will be contacted when it’s the right time to come forward so please don’t seek a vaccine before then;
- act on your invite and make sure you attend your appointments when you arrange them;
- and of course, stay safe by following all the social distancing and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives.
You can find out more about the vaccine here:
Information about the coronavirus vaccine
Information about the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine
Covid vaccination: guide for older adults
Covid vaccination: guide for older adults (PDF file)
If you wish to find out more you can read detailed guidance and view all publications on delivering the vaccination programme here.
Supplying face mask exemption letters to patients
Practices are reporting increases in requests from patients for letters of exemption to wearing face masks in various public settings.
The Government guidance suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption. It should be sufficient for someone to declare that they are eligible for an exemption direct with the person questioning them (eg bus driver).
Practices are therefore not required to provide letters of support for those who fall under the list of exemptions, or to those who do not fall under the list of exemptions.
How to request COVID-19 tests
Any patients requiring information about testing can be directed to the government website: https://www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test. Patients who do not have access to or cannot use the internet can call a dedicated phone line, which can be used to order a test if no other options are available.
The Coronavirus Testing Call Centre can be contacted on 0300 303 2713 between the hours of 07.00 and 23.00. Around 98% of all Coronavirus test results are sent automatically to the individual within four days but for any that aren’t, the Call Centre can help individuals to follow up on their results.
Patients should not request tests via NHS 111, as the service is not able to do this for them.
Lateral Flow Tests and PCR tests: The lateral flow test is for people WITHOUT coronavirus symptoms (also called a rapid lateral flow test).
You can do a rapid test at home or at a rapid lateral flow test site.
- Do NOT use a rapid flow test to try to self-diagnose (or rule out) COVID-19 infection if you have symptoms (e.g. high fever, cough, loss of smell etc).
- Rapid flow tests do not provide confirmation of COVID-19 infection (though they might suggest it), nor do they absolutely exclude COVID-19 infection in the presence of symptoms.
You need to take a PCR test if you:
- have any symptoms of COVID-19, or
- your rapid lateral flow test is positive
- You should self-isolate immediately in such circumstances and organise a PCR test:
No symptoms → rapid lateral flow test
Symptoms, or a +ve lateral flow test → PCR test
Get an isolation note
Use this service if you need a note for your employer because you have to stay at home because of coronavirus https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/
High Risk of COVID-19 Letter for employer
if you are in a high risk group and need to provide your employer with a letter regarding your high risk status please use this Letter to Employer which you will need to complete.
Redbridge Council Update
Redbridge Council have produced an update for Redbridge residents which you can find here. It includes information about the “Redbridge joins together” local community group, and the new well-being service they are establishing to support those at highest risk.
You can also access information for Redbridge Coronavirus information hub here (this link will open in a new window - popups must be allowed)
New NHS text service launched
A new service was launched on Saturday where new patients who register their Covid-19 symptoms and contact details with the 111 online service will receive daily texts from the NHS. The messages will check how people are and ensure that those who need help to get them through the isolation period receive it. The text messages will be sent as a reassurance to those who contact NHS 111 online, complete the assessment, and leave basic information such as their age, mobile number and when their symptoms started.