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21 December 2021

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COVID-19 vaccine update

A booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine helps improve the protection you have from your first 2 doses.

The booster helps give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from all variants of COVID-19.

All adults can now book their booster vaccine online. There are also walk-in clinics on the Island

1st and 2nd doses are available for everyone age 12 and over. 

Find out more about COVID-19 vaccinations on the Island



We know that COVID-19 spreads more easily indoors.

If you’re visiting friends and family indoors this festive season, opening windows and letting fresh air in for 10 minutes, regularly, can really help reduce the risk of infection.

Find out more about the benefits of ventilation


Test, record, repeat

Keep testing this Christmas

1 in 3 people do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Please keeping taking LFT tests regularly. If you develop symptoms you should book a PCR test online or by calling 119. 

If you’re going out to meet friends, or popping round to the neighbours for a drink, don’t forget to take an LFT test before you go. If you test positive, stay at home and book a PCR test. 

Ordering LFTs online
If you aren't able to order LFTs online, please try again another time. The government may close the system temporarily to fulfil orders that have been already placed. 

Collecting LFTs from a pharmacy
At the moment you do not need a collect code to pick up LFTs from your local pharmacy. 

Find out more about testing for COVID-19

back to basics

Keep up with the basics

They help protect us, our colleagues, our loved ones, the NHS and they help to keep Island businesses and organisations open.

  • Keep washing your hands regularly with soap or hand sanitiser.
  • Wear a face mask to help protect other people who may be at risk of serious illness. It is a legal requirement for face coverings to be worn in shops, on public transport including taxis and in most indoor settings including theatres and cinemas.
  • Limit close contact with people you don’t usually live with.
  • COVID-19 spreads more easily indoors. Let fresh air in before during and after meeting other people inside. Opening your windows for 10 minutes makes a big difference.

How to prevent the spread of COVID-19

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Take care of yourself this Christmas

If you need some extra support this festive season, help is available:

  • Call the Isle of Wight COVID-19 helpline on 01983 823600 if you need support. If the helpline is closed, information about what to do in an emergency will be available.
  • Mental health support:
  • Need help in a crisis?
  • COVID-19 information:
  • Adult social care and housing: If the office is closed and your call is urgent or about a vulnerable adult phone Wightcare on 01983 821105.
  • Feeling unwell and not sure what to do? Answer questions and get NHS medical help near you:
  • For all emergencies call 999.

Find more support options 

Weekly data


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 UK Health Security Agency, respectively. Read the full report.

The graphic shows:  

  • 111,940 – The number of island residents who have received their first dose of the vaccine.  
  • 104,346 - The number of island residents who have received their second dose of the vaccine.  
  • 63,008 - The number of island residents who have received their booster dose of the vaccine.  
  • 20,558 - 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.  
  • 794 - The number of positive cases in the seven-day period.
  • 558.0 - 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