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16 November 2021

Remember the essentials

Protect the Island

COVID-19 hasn't gone away. Rates of COVID-19 are currently highest in school age children and adults age 35-44. Please take care and protect yourself and others.

Help stop the spread of COVID-19 and other illness by remembering:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water
  • Wear a mask where appropriate, such as in crowded and indoor areas
  • Limit close contact with people you don’t usually live with
  • Meet outdoors where possible and let fresh air into homes or other enclosed spaces

How to prevent the spread of COVID-19

COVID vaccine


COVID-19 vaccination update


Pfizer and Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine walk-in clinics are available on the Island.

The walk-in clinics are open to anyone aged 16 or over for their first or second dose.

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

12-15 year olds:

Online bookings are now available for 12-15 year olds alongside the schools programme.

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.


You will be contacted by the NHS when it is your turn to get the booster.

You can pre-book an appointment for your COVID-19 booster if it's been five months since your second dose. You'll be offered appointment dates for when you reach six months since 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.

Find out how to get vaccinated on the Island


COVID support officers


Have you seen our COVID support officers handing out test kits?

Our friendly team of COVID support officers are out and about in supermarkets and town centres offering testing kits to residents and encouraging them to test themselves at least twice a week.

Regular testing is an easy way to identify people who don’t have COVID-19 symptoms and could be spreading the virus without knowing. 

As we enter the winter months, it is vital that communities across the Island have access to home testing kits to help keep COVID-19 infection rates down.

Our COVID support officers will continue the scheme in the busy run up to Christmas, handing out more home test kits in town centres and at local events.

Find out how to get home test kits now




Stop COVID-19 hanging around

Please meet outdoors where possible. This is the safest way to meet.

When we meet up indoors, opening windows helps to reduce our chance of catching and spreading viruses like COVID-19 and flu.

COVID-19 particles hang around and build up indoors, especially when windows and doors are closed. The more particles in the air, the higher the risk of transmission.

COVID-19 particles disperse much faster when we let fresh air into the room, so the chance of breathing them in is greatly reduced.

Opening your windows for just a few minutes at a time can make a big difference.

Find out why ventilation is so important


Cold or covid?


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


COVID stats 16 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 15 November 2021 at 4pm including data up to 14 November 2021.

The vaccination statistics for the Isle of Wight, published by NHS England on 11 November 2021 including data up to 7 November 2021.

The graphic shows:

  • 110,668 - The number of Island residents who have received their first dose of the vaccine.
  • 102,461 - The number of Island residents who have received their second dose of the vaccine.
  • 16,557 - 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.
  • 541 - The number of positive cases in the seven-day period.
  • 380.2 - 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