Haringey coronavirus (COVID-19) updates
From next week, 52 pharmacies across Haringey will become pickup points for rapid Lateral Flow Device test kits. The Community Pharmacy COVID-19 Lateral Flow Device (LFD) Distribution Service will improve access to testing by making test kits readily available across a wider range of locations.
One in three people with COVID-19 do not have any symptoms (asymptomatic), but can pass on the virus to others, who may become seriously ill.
The tests are for asymptomatic people to identify positive cases in the community and to break the spread of coronavirus.
Cases of COVID remain low in Haringey and alongside the rollout of the highly successful vaccine programme, regular testing is a key tool for us to prevent cases rising so that we can all look forward to returning to a normal life.
Participating pharmacies will be updated on the NHS website site location map once live (external link)
With this week seeing the reopening of non-essential retail, public buildings, gyms and outdoor hospitality, Dr Will Maimaris, Haringey’s Director of Public Health, reminds us of the need to proceed with caution and the importance of testing.
We have reached a milestone on the roadmap out of lockdown, but it is very important that we keep following public health advice. Wash our hands regularly /use hand sanitiser, wear a face covering when visiting shops and businesses or in situations where social distancing is difficult, and only meet up with people we don’t live with outdoors.
Everyone in England (of 11 years old and older), without COVID symptoms can now access regular rapid testing and it has never been easier to get tested in Haringey. Getting into the habit of twice-weekly testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to keep each other safe.
Everyone has a role to play in fighting this pandemic – testing is a key part of that so please ensure that you get tested twice a week to help protect ourselves and others as restrictions ease and we can begin to get back to a more normal life.
For more information on getting tested in Haringey, please visit: www.haringey.gov.uk/COVID-testing
Over-45s are now being invited to book their jab appointments to join 32 million others in having a COVID-19 vaccine. This next phase of the vaccine roll out comes after the government reached its target of offering a first dose to the nine most vulnerable groups - including all over-50s, three days early.
Who can book an appointment?
- you are aged 45 or over
- you are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
- you have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
- you have a learning disability
- you get a Carer's Allowance, get support following an assessment by your local authority or your GP record shows you are a carer
If you think you are an eligible unpaid carer who has not been contacted for your coronavirus vaccination, speak to your GP surgery.
Visit the NHS coronavirus vaccination booking site to book your appointment (external link)
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