COVID-19 response

Updated 11.04.22

Living with Covid-19

The Government published its plan for Living with COVID in February 2020: COVID-19 Response: Living with COVID-19.

The public are encouraged to continue to follow public health advice, to minimise the chance of catching COVID and help protect family and friends. This includes

  • getting vaccinated
  • letting fresh air in when meeting indoors
  • wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet
  • washing your hands regularly
  • staying at home if you feel unwell and especially if you think you have COVID

There is more advice for people with symptoms of a respiratory infection, including COVID on the Government website.

What to do if someone you live with gets COVID-19

If someone in your household has COVID, it does not necessarily mean that everyone else is going to get ill too. There are things you can do at home to minimise the risk to everyone you live with.

For further advice you can find further information on The Shuttle.

The UK Health Security Agency has published this useful visual guidance on how to limit the spread of the virus to others in your household.

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable guidance and shielding advice

The shielding programme ended in England on 15 September 2021. This means that people who were previously considered clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) will not be advised to shield in the future or follow specific guidance.

Government guidance in full.

Getting a vaccine for influenza (flu)

The Government recommends as many people as possible receive a vaccination against flu in the autumn and winter months.

The flu vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine. It is offered every year on the NHS to help protect people at risk of getting seriously ill from flu.

The best time to have the flu vaccine is in the autumn or early winter before flu starts spreading, but you can get the vaccine later.

Flu vaccination is important because:

  • more people are likely to get flu as fewer people will have the built up natural immunity to it during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • if you get flu and COVID-19 at the same time, research shows you are more likely to be seriously ill
  • getting vaccinated against flu and COVID-19 will provide protection for you and those around you for both these serious illnesses

If you have had COVID-19, it is safe to have the flu vaccine. It will still be effective at helping to prevent flu.

A free flu vaccination is available for all previously eligible groups:

  • primary school children
  • 65 year olds and over
  • vulnerable groups
  • pregnant women

The Government has also extended eligibility for a free flu vaccination this year to include:

  • secondary school children
  • 50 to 64 year olds

As with the COVID-19 vaccine, flu vaccines are available from a range of different providers, including GPs, community pharmacies, and health centres. For those not eligible for a free flu vaccine, some employers offer these vaccinations through workplaces, and vaccinations are available for a small fee from pharmacies.