COVID-19 update: 23 March 2021

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23 March 2021

National Day of Reflection 2021 - a message from Hounslow Council's Leader

National Day of Reflection

"From this evening I must give the British people a very simple instruction - you must stay at home”.

For many, the PM’s address one year ago today, March 23rd 2020, changed lives forever. 

COVID-19’s story began months earlier, 5,500 miles away, but, for most, March 23rd marks the beginning of our own COVID stories.

Hounslow has so far lost over 500 lives to COVID-19. This anniversary provides a moment to remember loved ones, to try to come to terms with their loss and how we might commemorate them, but also to celebrate those who did so much over this long twelve months.

Some will mourn. We mourn with them. 

Cllr Curran

Some will proudly recall contributions made in our communities, by NHS doctors and nurses; cleaners and delivery drivers. supermarket workers and social care workers; enforcement officers, police officers, postal workers. We join them too. We look back to the bleakest winter, but also forward to Spring’s recovery and renewal. There is much to be done. 

Anniversaries also allow us to recall moments we want to hold on to, take pride in good even in the darkest moments, and to think about the future. We have the COVID-19 roadmap because the majority followed the rules, made sacrifices and showed true ‘One Hounslow’ spirit. 

But we must keep our eyes on the road. If we go wrong, get distracted, or go backwards; we lose our chance. Taking our chance needs three commitments: we should take the vaccine, continue to follow the rules, and protect ourselves and others by getting tested. 

Only this way and in our One Hounslow spirit,  will we return to life without COVID-19 rules on June 21st. 

Online event tomorrow: Hounslow Healthwatch Q&A

Covid-19 Hounslow Healthwatch webinar

We would like to invite you to join our free Zoom webinar tomorrow, Wednesday 24 March, from 6-7:30pm.

The webinar will be held in partnership with Healthwatch Ealing, Healthwatch Hounslow and Healthwatch Hammersmith & Fulham. 

This will be an opportunity for you to reflect on the past year and tell us how the pandemic has affected you. We would also like to hear your views on the COVID-19 vaccines. As part of the webinar, speakers from health and social care will give their views on how services have changed since the start of the pandemic.

This webinar is open to residents from all ages from the boroughs of Ealing, Hounslow and Hammersmith & Fulham.

Date: 24th March 2021 Wednesday 

Time: 6PM-7.30PM

Register here

New location for COVID-19 vaccines: Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre

Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre open now

If you’re booking your vaccination appointment, Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre is now open to you!

From 23 March, if you’re eligible for a vaccine, you can choose Brentford Fountain as the location for your slot.

Read the full press release here for more information

You're currently eligible to receive your vaccine if you are 50 or older, clinically extremely vulnerable, a health or social care worker or a carer.

Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre will be open to residents who have booked their appointment for their vaccinations. The Centre will be open from 8am-8pm.

If you choose this as your vaccination site, there are a number of ways to travel. Please plan your route responsibly to ensure as much social distancing as possible.

Closest train / underground stations: 

  • Gunnersbury (District) 
  • Kew Bridge (Southwestern Rail)


Bus routes: 

  • 110 towards Hounslow Bus Station, stop at Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre
  • N9 towards Heathrow Terminal 5, stop at Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre
  • 237 towards Hounslow Heath, stop at Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre
  • 267 towards Fulwell, stop at Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre

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Do you have nursery school aged children?

Regular rapid testing for parents, their households and bubbles

If you are a parent/guardian of nursery school aged children, you are also now eligible to collect a FREE pack of Rapid Tests to test yourself twice-weekly at home.

If you are in a childcare bubble or support bubble with a family that has nursery school aged children, you are also now eligible to receive a pack and you are also encouraged to test yourself twice a week.

Previously the service was available for families, childcare bubbles and support bubbles of primary, secondary, or college aged children. It has now been expanded to include nursery school aged children.

Rapid Test packs are available from the following collection sites in the borough:

  • Padstow Walk car park, Feltham TW14 9XU
  • Brabazon Road Sports Courts, Heston TW5 9LT
  • Stamford Brook car park, Chiswick W4 1NH

Collection sites are open between 1.00pm-8.00pm, seven days a week. No need to book. To collect your family’s pack, you must be over 18 years old and NOT have COVID-19 symptoms. Please walk to the collection sites if you can, as parking is very limited at the sites and nearby. For additional collection site locations and opening times visit:


Did you know…?

  • Secondary school and college students will be receiving their test kits from school/college. Children of primary school age (and below) are not being asked to take a test.
  • If you are unable to go to a collection site, you can order a home test kit online: Order rapid lateral flow home test kits
  • You should report every result to NHS Test and Trace on the same day you take the test. Report your test result online or by calling 119. 

Find a test center

If you're eligible, book your vaccine appointment

Vaccinations over 50

If you are aged 50 or over, are clinically vulnerable, a frontline worker or a carer, you can now book your COVID-19 vaccination through the NHS website even if you haven’t yet received a letter. Appointments are available at sites across the Borough and also Ealing, Wembley and Hammersmith.

You must book your appointment before you go to a vaccination centre.  We are aware of other scam messages circulating – please ignore them. The NHS will never ask you for money or your bank details for your vaccination – it is free. 

You can book an appointment now if:

  • you are aged 50 or over
  • you are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • you are an eligible frontline health or social care worker
  • you have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • you have a learning disability
  • you are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus

You can book appointments at a larger vaccination centres or a pharmacy that provides COVID-19 vaccinations.

Please make sure you plan your journey responsibly to allow for as much social distancing as possible.

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