Government roadmap

The Government has produced a 'COVID-19 Response - Autumn and Winter 2021' roadmap , and is carefully lifting coronavirus restrictions in England. This outlines 'Plan A' - a comprehensive approach designed to steer the country through autumn and winter 2021/22, and 'Plan B' — which would only be enacted if the data suggests further measures are necessary to protect the NHS.

It's important that we all continue to take simple steps to protect ourselves and each other, such as remembering good hygiene practices, wearing a face covering in crowded places, giving each other space, enjoying the fresh air, and getting double vaccinated against the virus.

Latest news on the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine

Anyone over the age of 16 can book their jab and everyone is now able to have their second vaccine eight weeks after their first. The vaccination service at Westgate Leisure Centre is relocating to Northgate car park in Chichester from Saturday 25 September. The new purpose built vaccination centre in the council-owned Northgate car park is open for appointments and walk ins for all adults, as well as 16 and 17 year olds. 

You can find out more about the change of location on the NHS Sussex Community news webpage. 

The service will run 08.30-19.00 every day of the week, offering 1st and 2nd doses for Pfizer and 2nd doses for AstraZeneca. You can find confirmation of the sessions and timings on the   Sussex Health and Care Partnership  website.

If you'd like to book an appointment in advance, visit the  NHS vaccine booking website or call: 119. Through the online booking system, you can see where available appointments are available and the recommended vaccine type for you.

National and local coronavirus data

The Government continues to publish weekly national influenza and coronavirus reports  on their website. Updates on the number of cases of variants of concern are also published weekly and can be found on the Government's website. The latest R value and growth rate can also be found on the Government's website.

You can  find local weekly coronavirus data  from West Sussex County Council.
 

Free twice-weekly asymptomatic testing

Regular testing continues to play a critical role in stopping the spread of coronavirus and the Government is urging everyone to test themselves twice a week using a free rapid lateral flow test. This is particularly important as many of us are out and about more often following the recent lifting of restrictions and as the weather warms up. For details on how to order free tests, please visit the the NHS website.  If you test positive from a lateral flow test you should request a PCR test by visiting the Government's website.  

If you haven't taken a lateral flow test before, or you'd rather not do it yourself, you can have one at a local pharmacy, where trained staff will be able to help you — you can find a list of participating pharmacies on the NHS website.

 

Sign up to the NHS Test & Trace app

Protect your loves ones with the official NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app for England and Wales.

It's the fastest way of knowing when you're at risk from coronavirus (COVID-19). The quicker you know, the quicker you can alert your loved ones, and your community.

Please protect your loved ones and our communities by downloading the test & trace app.

 

Shielding programme ends for most vulnerable

The Government has ended the shielding guidance for people previously considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable. People previously considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable will not be advised to shield again, following expert clinical advice. The closure of the shielding programme follows a pause to shielding guidance in place since 1 April 2021. Since 19 July, the guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people has been to follow the same advice as the rest of the population, with the suggestion of additional precautions people may wish to take.