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24 August 2021

Bembridge Windmill

Stay safe this bank holiday weekend

COVID cases are high on the Island. Take care as you enjoy the Island this bank holiday weekend.

Continue with the simple things that protect us all:

  • Got COVID-19 symptoms? Self-isolate immediately and get a PCR test, even if your symptoms are mild.
  • Not got COVID-19 symptoms? Take twice weekly rapid response tests.
  • Age 16 and over? Get fully vaccinated. Find out how to get vaccinated.
  • Meet outdoors where possible and let fresh air into homes or other enclosed spaces.
  • Wear a face covering in crowded areas such as public transport.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day.
  • Keep using the NHS COVID-19 app to check in to venues, record a test result or report symptoms.
  • Limit the close contact you have with people you do not usually live with. Take a look at our hidden gems; they’re perfect places for you to meet friends and family with all the fresh air and space you need to stay safe. Take a look for some inspiration for this weekend!
  • Support local businesses and stick to their COVID-19 rules.
  • Use the NHS COVID-19 Pass when asked to do so.

How to stay safe 

Helpline and Wightcare


If you need support over the bank holiday, please ask

Our Isle of Wight COVID-19 helpline is for anyone who needs information about COVID-19 or support because of self-isolation. If you are alone with no local network of friends, family or neighbours, please call 01983 823600 to ask for help.

The helpline's opening hours over the bank holiday weekend are:

  • Friday - 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday - 9am to 1pm
  • Sunday - closed
  • Bank holiday Monday - closed

If you call when the helpline is closed, the Wightcare out of hours service will advise you how to get the support you need. Call 01983 821105, 24 hours a day.

Find more local support


Steve Collins - Isle of Wight Festival


Let's get back to the things we love

COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and offer the best protection against the virus.

To protect each other and get back to the things we love, get fully vaccinated at one of the Island's walk-in clinics.

Find out how to get vaccinated


Choose the right service


Call 111 first

To help you stay safe while choosing the right service this summer, the NHS has put together a handy guide.

If you need urgent medical help, consider 111 before calling 999 or going to the emergency department.

You can contact NHS 111 by phone or online, at any time of day or night, to get medical advice and care.

Read the NHS guide


Culver Down


Find your space

Escape the crowds and discover the Island’s beautiful open spaces this summer.

This week our spotlight is on Culver Down, a big open downland area with stunning views over the east side of the Island.

It’s beautiful delicate chalk downland, butterflies and orchids, as well as seasonal cattle and sheep make this is a lovely spot to get away from it all.

View the full list of spaces


COVID stats 24 August


Latest Island COVID-19 and vaccine statistics

These are the latest published vaccination and COVID-19 stats for the Isle of Wight, from NHS England and Public Health England, respectively. Read the full report.

The COVID-19 statistics for the Isle of Wight, published by Public Health England on 23 August 2021 at 4pm including data up to 22 August 2021.

The vaccination statistics for the Isle of Wight, published by NHS England on 19 August 2021 including data up to 15 August 2021.

The graphic shows:

  • 106,529 – The number of Island residents who have received their first dose of the vaccine.
  • 97,220 - The number of Island residents who have received their second dose of the vaccine.
  • 9,452 - The number of confirmed cases to date of Island residents who have received a positive COVID-19 test result since March 2020. This is based on the residential address of the person tested rather than where they are registered with a GP.
  • 624 - The number of positive cases in the seven-day period.
  • 438.5 - Weekly cases per 100,000. This is the number of Island residents who have received a positive COVID-19 test result in the seven-day period, divided by the total population of the total population of the Island.

Read the full COVID report