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Covid-19 update


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Changes to Covid-19 testing in England

Free testing for the general public ends on 1 April as part of the Living with Covid plan, which is the government’s strategy to live with and manage the virus.

From 1 April, updated guidance will advise people with symptoms of a respiratory infection - including Covid-19 - and a high temperature or who feel unwell, to try stay at home and avoid contact with other people, until they feel well enough to get back to their normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature.

Anyone with a positive Covid-19 test result will be advised to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for five days, which is when they are most infectious.

If people wish to test themselves, lateral flow tests will be available to buy from pharmacies and supermarkets, including online.

It is vital that everyone continues to follow the simple steps to keep themselves and others safe, such as regularly washing hands, getting vaccinated, wearing face coverings in enclosed spaces, and letting in plenty of fresh air. 

Free tests for people who have Covid-19 symptoms will continue to be provided to certain groups or people at higher risk of serious illness.

Changes to testing

Covid-19 vaccination to be offered to all children aged 5-11 years

5 - 11 year olds

From early April, the NHS will offer Covid-19 vaccines to all children aged 5 to 11 years, in line with a recommendation from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) that parents of all children aged 5 to 11 years should be offered the chance to have their children vaccinated. 

Parents will receive information about how to book an appointment for their child to be vaccinated. Appointments for eligible 5 - 11 year olds will be available to book online or by calling 119. Children will need to be taken to a local vaccination centre, a local pharmacy or a GP offering children’s Covid-19 vaccination. 

NHS Covid-19 vaccine

Overseas vaccine validation service

vaccine validation

If you had Covid-19 vaccinations abroad you can have your NHS records updated.

An Overseas Vaccination Validation Service is available at the Forest Recreation Ground Vaccination Centre and King’s Mill Hospital Vaccination Hub.

This service enables people to book appointments to show evidence for any coronavirus vaccinations they’ve had outside of England. This is so the NHS can securely update vaccination records, which in turn can enable people to get an NHS Covid Pass.

The service is open to anyone over the age of 16 who has received vaccinations in another country. Appointments can be booked via the national booking service.

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Study shows more than half of pregnant women in England have had at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose

Pregnancy and vaccination

The latest UK Health Security Agency data shows that over half (53.7%) of pregnant women in England have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

The study shows a significant increase in uptake over the past seven months; however, vaccinations remain lower in pregnant women compared to the general population of the same age groups.

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Guidance for visiting care homes


Visitors should wear a face covering when visiting a care home, particularly when moving through the care home.

They should also:

  • follow any guidance and procedures put in place by the care provider to ensure compliance with Infection Prevention and Control measures (IPC)
  • be reminded that following IPC measures (for example, hand washing) is essential even if PPE is worn, they have been vaccinated and produced a negative test
  • be supported to ensure appropriate PPE is always worn and used correctly, and they follow good hand hygiene – care homes are being provided with PPE to meet visiting requirements.

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April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Bowel cancer

We’re supporting Bowel Cancer UK to raise awareness of the UK’s second biggest cancer killer. Every 15 minutes someone is diagnosed with the disease, that’s nearly 43,000 people each year. 

If diagnosed early, nearly everyone survives bowel cancer but this drops significantly as the disease develops so getting checked out early really does save lives.

Find out more about symptoms to look out for and how you can help raise awareness this month.

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More than 700 volunteer groups and individuals offered support to vulnerable residents in Nottinghamshire throughout the Covid-19 pandemic

Community Hub

During the Covid-19 outbreak, more than 700 community groups and individuals volunteered through our Coronavirus Community Support Hub to provide free support for vulnerable residents.

These included a wide range of services from helping to deliver groceries, medicines, dog walking and support befriending over the phone, physical wellbeing, collection and delivery of library books.

We'd like to say a big thank you to all our hub volunteers who went above and beyond to help others.

Coronavirus dashboard

Coronavirus Dashboard for Nottinghamshire

Our table breaks down the rates in each district and borough between 19 - 25 March compared to the previous seven days. This data is sourced from the UKHSA's national dataset.


Covid-19 update