Vaccinations and Testing
Health and Social Care workers are among those who are prioritised to receive the vaccination. Therefore we are booking in all of our staff to be vaccinated. If you would like to arrange an appointment please contact the office who will go through the dates, times and locations available for the vaccination.
This vaccination protects you and the people you are caring for, therefore we urge you to contact us as soon as possible to arrange this. If you require any additional support in getting to your appointment then let us know so we can make special arrangements to help you get there.
Why is it important for you to get vaccinated?
If you’re a frontline worker in the NHS, you are more likely to be exposed to COVID-19 at work. Healthcare workers and those working in social care (particularly in care homes) are at much higher risk of repeated exposure to the infection.
Catching COVID-19 can be serious and may lead to long term complications. These are more common in older staff or those with underlying clinical risk factors.
You can have COVID-19 without any symptoms and pass it on to family, friends and patients, many of whom may be at increased risk from coronavirus. Being healthy doesn’t reduce your risk of catching COVID-19 or passing it on.
With high rates of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to help stop the spread of coronavirus, to avoid pressure on the NHS and to keep the health and social care workforce healthy.
This link contains a leaflet with more information regarding the vaccine.
The testing process
The first step of taking a test for coronavirus usually involves taking a swab of the nose and the back of the throat, which can be done by the person themselves (self-administered) or by someone else (assisted).
The different ways you can get tested are covered below.
We’ve established a network of drive-through and walk-through test sites for people with coronavirus symptoms. Test sites are open 7 days a week. If you have symptoms you can book a test at a site near you online or by calling 119.
Around 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not have any symptoms. There are sites being set up where people without symptoms can take rapid tests. Contact your local council, employer or place of study to find out more.
Home test kits can be delivered to your door so you can test yourself and your family without leaving your home.
Home swab test kits that are sent to a lab for processing (PCR tests)
Most people get their result the next day but it can take up to 3 days. Anyone with symptoms can get a test online or by calling 119.
When to self-isolate:
You have any symptoms of Coronavirus
You have tested positive for coronavirus
Someone you live with or in your support bubble has symptoms or tested positive for coronavirus
You've been told you have been in contact with someone who tested positive.
If you have any of the following symptoms then you should get tested immediately:
A new continuous cough
A loss or change to your sense of taste or smell