Covid-19 update | Get protected this Christmas | 12 - 17 vaccination updates | New rapid lateral flow test guidance | Our new website page on where to get a PCR test | Updated guidance on arranging funerals | Bird flu awareness | Coronavirus dashboard

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Jonathan Gribbin urges residents to get vaccinated

Nottinghamshire residents urged to get vaccinated to have a safe Christmas

Local health bosses are urging residents to protect themselves from Covid-19 ahead of the Christmas period.

There are plenty of vaccination sites across the county and you can visit the NHS website to find the most convenient location for you. Those eligible for a booster include over 40s, those with a health condition that puts them at serious complications from Covid-19 and health and social care workers.

If you still need your first or second vaccine, the evergreen offer still stands and you can book your appointment online or by calling 119. 

Along with Covid-19 and flu vaccination, wearing your face covering in enclosed places, regularly washing your hands and ensuring good ventilation indoors all play a part in protecting each other and reducing the pressures felt by our local NHS and care services.

With one month until Christmas, the countdown is on! So take action to protect yourself and your family over the festive period. 

Protect yourself this Christmas

Vaccination updates for young people

12 - 17 year olds can get the Covid-19 vaccine

All young people aged 16 and 17 can now get their second vaccine dose from 12 weeks after their first one. All secondary school pupils aged 12 to 15 can get their first vaccine dose. You can book your Covid-19 vaccination online or call 119. 

If you or your child have had a positive Covid-19 test

People under 18 years old and not at higher risk from Covid-19 need to wait 12 weeks before getting the 1st dose after a positive Covid-19 test. This starts from the date you had symptoms or the positive test date if you did not have any symptoms.

NHS website

New guidance for taking a rapid lateral flow test

Rapid lateral flow test guidance

The Government guidance on when to take a rapid lateral flow test has been updated. You should do a rapid lateral flow test on the days when you’re more likely to catch or spread Covid-19.

In England, you should take a rapid lateral flow test:

  • if you will be in a high-risk situation that day (mixing with people in crowded indoor places)
  • and before you visit people who are at higher risk of severe illness if they get Covid-19

You are at higher risk of catching or passing on Covid-19 when:

  • in crowded and enclosed spaces
  • there is limited fresh air

In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, you should take a lateral flow test twice a week.

Get a rapid lateral flow test

New web page for information on testing with symptoms

Testing with symptoms

We have published a new website page for information on when to take a PCR test and where to find them in Nottinghamshire.

If you have symptoms you should get a PCR test as soon as you can. Even if you have mild symptoms you should still get tested. Covid-19 symptoms include:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • loss of sense of smell or taste or it’s changed

Visit web page

Updated guidance on managing a funeral safely

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Organising a funeral or a commemorative event following the loss of a loved one is difficult at any time but doing this during the pandemic can be even more challenging. Apart from the usual matters that need to be sorted out, there may be questions about how to hold the events safely for those who are attending.

The Government has updated its guidance on managing a funeral during the pandemic. There is a lot of information to go through, so it might be helpful to do it with a friend or relative or speak to your funeral director.

Find out more

Bird flu: Keep your chickens, ducks or geese safe


Avian influenza (bird flu) has been detected in a number of wild birds across Great Britain. This is normal for this time of year as wild birds carry the disease when migrating to the UK from Europe and Asia. UK Health Security Agency has confirmed that the risk to public health is very low and the Food Standards Agency has said that bird flu poses a very low food safety risk for UK consumers. Properly cooked eggs and poultry are safe to eat.

You are advised not to touch or pick up any dead or sick birds that you find. If you find dead swans, geese or ducks or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, you should report them to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77. For further information see the advice to the public.

If you keep chickens, ducks or geese, you should read this poster

Latest Covid-19 figures for Nottinghamshire

Coronavirus Dashboard

Stay up to date with the Covid-19 infection rates in your local area by viewing our Coronavirus Dashboard. This dashboard is updated daily and sourced from the UK Health Security Agency national dataset.

View here

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