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19 October 2021

Meet outside

Stay safe this October half term

We hope you all have a wonderful time making the most of autumn joys like crunchy leaves, comfort food and extra layers.

You're safest meeting outdoors where fresh air dilutes any COVID-19 particles and can blow them away. 

Why not explore one of Gift to Nature's beautiful open spaces? Find out more on their website

If it's too wet, cold and windy to go outside, make sure to open a window to help disperse the COVID-19 particles instead

Find out how to prevent the spread of COVID-19

COVID booster


COVID-19 booster vaccine

Islanders will be contacted by the NHS when it is their turn to get the booster vaccine. You can currently book an appointment via your GP practice. The Riverside Centre will also be available for the booster in the near future. When booster appointments at The Riverside Centre become available you will be able to book online via the NHS website or by calling 119.

The booster will be offered at least six months after your second dose.

The following people will be offered a COVID-19 booster vaccination:

  • People aged 50 and over.
  • People who live and work in care homes.
  • Frontline health and social care workers.
  • People aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19.
  • People aged 16 and over who are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19.
  • People aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis).

People who are pregnant and in one of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.

Find out how to get vaccinated


Don't guess, take a test


Don't guess, take a test

Up to one in three people who have COVID-19 can spread the virus without knowing. This is because they have no symptoms.

It’s vital that we all keep taking regular rapid response LFT tests to find positive cases quickly to help stop the virus spreading in our community. 

Free tests are available to collect from participating pharmacies across the Island or can be ordered online. Remember to record the result whether it's positive or negative.

From 1 October you need a Collect Code to pick up test kits. You can still order test kits online without a collect code.

If you get a positive result or start to develop symptoms, isolate and book a PCR test.

Find out how to take a rapid response test


COVID stats 19 October


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 18 October 2021 at 5.09pm including data up to 17 October 2021.

The vaccination statistics for the Isle of Wight, published by NHS England on 14 October 2021 including data up to 10 October 2021.

The graphic shows:

  • 109,562 - The number of Island residents who have received their first dose of the vaccine.
  • 101,749 - The number of Island residents who have received their second dose of the vaccine.
  • 13,958 - 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.
  • 777 - The number of positive cases in the seven-day period.
  • 546 - 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 Island.

Read the full COVID-19 report