Information correct as of 17 September 2021
The Government's autumn and winter plan says the main defence against coronavirus is vaccination. It asks people to follow these safe behaviours and steps to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and help to keep people safe:
- Get vaccinated
- Meeting outdoors is safer. If you meet indoors, let fresh air in
- Wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed settings where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet
- Get tested, and self isolate if required
- Try to stay at home if you are unwell
- Wash your hands
- Download and use the NHS COVID-19 App
- Take lateral flow tests twice a week even if you don’t have symptoms – especially if you are not fully vaccinated or if you are visiting people who are clinically more vulnerable and at risk. Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have any symptoms.
Changes to self isolation rules - 16 August
If you are fully vaccinated or below the age of 18 years and 6 months, you no longer need to self-isolate if:
- You live in the same household as someone with Covid-19
- You are a close contact of someone with Covid-19
Instead, you are advised take a PCR test as soon as possible to check if you have the virus and for variants of concern.
Anyone who tests positive following the PCR test is still legally required to self-isolate, irrespective of their vaccination status or age.
You must still
- Get tested if you have symptoms
- Stay at home and self isolate while you book a test, or if you are waiting for the result
- Isolate if you have a positive test or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
- Quarantine if required following travel abroad
- Wear a face covering and stick to other Covid safety measures in a healthcare setting
Use NHS 111 if:
- you're not sure what to do
- you're worried about your symptoms
Call 111 if you cannot get help online. Do not go to places like a GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy if you have any Covid-19 symptoms
Need help and support?
If you or someone you know needs help, there are lots of organisations, charities and community groups who can help with shopping, collecting medicines, befriending and more.
Peterborough City Council is working with partner organisations to support local people who may need extra support.
The NHS is continuing to roll out the Covid-19 vaccination programme. Everyone is urged to take up their invitation and get two doses, which offers the best protection.
NHS Covid Pass
This pass lets you show your Covid-19 vaccine status when travelling abroad and domestically at events and venues in England.
You can download a digital copy or request a status letter.