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2 November 2021

Back to school

Kids heading back to school?

COVID-19 cases on the Island are highest amongst school aged children.

Protect the Island as schools return. Help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community by continuing the simple behaviours that protect us all.  

  • Take regular rapid response LFT tests when you don't have symptoms.
  • Self-isolate and take a PCR test if you feel unwell or develop symptoms of COVID-19, however mild. 
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently or use hand sanitiser. 
  • Wear a face covering in crowded or enclosed spaces like public transport and in communal areas.
  • Limit close contact with people you do not usually live with.
  • Meet outdoors where possible. If you meet indoors, let fresh air in. 

Unsure whether to send your child to school or not? Find out what to do in response to a wide range of symptoms or illnesses.

Read further guidance for parents and carers

Bonfire Night


Stay safe this Bonfire Night

Keep yourself and others safe this Bonfire Night.

If you're celebrating with friends or family this year, remember that meeting outdoors is safer. If you do meet indoors, make sure to let fresh air in.

Fresh air is so important as it helps dilute COVID-19 particles and can blow them away. The more fresh air you let into your home or other enclosed spaces, the less likely a person is to inhale infectious particles. Opening your windows for just 10 minutes, or a small amount of time continuously where you can, makes a significant difference.

Don’t forget to take a rapid response LFT test before and after any celebration or event to check you’re not spreading COVID-19 amongst your loved ones without knowing.

If you’re planning your own firework display at home, please make sure to check the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service’s website for guidance.

Find out how to prevent the spread of COVID-19


Cold or covid?


Not sure if it's a cold or
COVID-19? Get tested

If you're feeling unwell or have any symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, please stay at home and book a PCR test.

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

If you feel ill but aren’t sure if it’s COVID-19 you can now get a PCR test even if you don't have the three main symptoms.

Book a PCR test online


booster vaccine


COVID-19 booster vaccine

Everyone will be offered the booster vaccine.

You will be contacted by the NHS when it is your turn to get the booster (at least six months after your second dose).

You can book your booster vaccine appointment via your GP practice, by calling 119 or online via the NHS website.

If you are asked to book online or by calling 119 but are only offered a mainland appointment, please wait and try again. New appointments are released daily. Please do not accept an appointment on the mainland.

Alternatively, you can wait for an invite from your GP. Your GP has every patient listed and will contact you directly to arrange an appointment. If you have travel plans and need to arrange your vaccination before you receive an invite, please call your GP.

Book your COVID-19 booster vaccine online


12-15 year old vaccination update


COVID-19 vaccine update for

12-15 year olds

Online bookings are now available for 12-15 year olds as an additional way for parents, carers and guardians to book a vaccine for their child and are available alongside the schools programme.

If you try to book online but are only offered a mainland appointment, please wait and try again. New appointments are released daily.

Please make sure you bring the complete consent form to your child's vaccination appointment. Staff at the vaccination centre have spare copies if you need one.

Book your child's vaccine online


COVID vaccine walk-ins


COVID-19 vaccine walk-in clinics

Pfizer and Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine walk-in clinics are available on the Island, with dates added up to December.

The walk-in clinics are open to anyone aged 16 or over for their first or second dose. Please check each walk-in carefully as there are different types of vaccine available on different days. 

Please note it must have been at least eight weeks since the first dose, to receive your second dose.

COVID stats 2 November


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 1 November 2021 at 6.20pm including data up to 31 October 2021.

The vaccination statistics for the Isle of Wight, published by NHS England on 28 October 2021 including data up to 24 October 2021.

The graphic shows:

  • 110,360 - The number of Island residents who have received their first dose of the vaccine.
  • 102,219 - The number of Island residents who have received their second dose of the vaccine.
  • 15,430 - 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.
  • 766 - The number of positive cases in the seven-day period.
  • 538.3 - 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