UPDATE 05.05.21

The COVID-19 Vaccination update has been issued by the Department of Health and Social Care. See the latest update here.

Find where to get rapid lateral flow tests here.

UPDATE 05.05.21 COVID-19 asymptomatic community testing in Portsmouth

Free coronavirus asymptomatic testing – when you are symptom-free – is now available to all. Book online here.

Around one in three people who are infected with coronavirus have no symptoms so could be spreading the disease without knowing it.

Regular asymptomatic testing means those who test positive for virus but who don’t get symptoms will know to self-isolate straight away to avoid spreading the virus.

UPDATE 02.03.21

The COVID-19 Vaccination update has been issued by the Department of Health and Social Care, to provide information on a wide range of topics including:

  • The COVID-19 vaccination timetable, including details of when people with Learning Disabilities and those with underlying health conditions will be invited to have their injection
  • The effectiveness of vaccines
  • Stopping vaccine fraud
  • Availability of information on the COVID-19 vaccination in different formats
  • The possible side effects of the vaccine
  • What to do once you have had the vaccination
  • Information about whether the vaccine can protect against people getting COVID-19
  • Whether the vaccine can be given to pregnant women,
  • The COVID-19 vaccines development and what is in them.

The update can be found here.

UPDATE 26.02.21

Solent NHS trust has now opened up a walk-in vaccination centre at St James’ Hospital,

This is for any of the following who would like to have a COVID vaccination:

  • Aged 64+
  • Is receipt of a Carer’s Allowance * and the
  • Clinically extremely vulnerable by bringing proof of ID/eligibility

Patients do not need to make an appointment (via NHS telephone, GP or online booking scheme) A trial period of offering non-appointment based vaccinations is being organised for 7 days.

More information can be found here.

All people on learning disabilities register in England to be invited for COVID vaccine

Care minister confirms move up priority list after advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.

People who are on a GP register for learning disabilities will now be prioritised for a coronavirus vaccination in England, following updated advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Helen Whately, the care minister, said those registered would be invited for vaccination to ensure people at higher risk of the disease were protected as soon as possible.

Here is the easy read guide to COVID-19 Vaccinations.

Vaccination for unpaid carers

If you look after someone who is older or clinically vulnerable who couldn’t cope without your help you could be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine as one of the next priority groups.

If you receive carers allowance or you’re already registered with your GP as an unpaid carer then you will receive an invite to book a vaccination appointment. You don’t need to do anything now.

If you don’t receive carers allowance or your GP doesn’t know that you are a carer then you should contact Portsmouth Carers Centre by email or by calling 023 9285 1864 if you can’t get online.

We will check that you are eligible and make sure you are registered for vaccination.

Please click here to find videos explaining COVID elements in different languages.

Covid vaccine: Homeless people to be prioritised

People in England who are homeless or sleeping rough will be prioritised for Covid vaccines, alongside those aged 16 to 65 with underlying conditions that put them at increased risk.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the strategy would save more lives among those most at risk in society. The move came following advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

In a letter to the health secretary, experts from the JCVI said people experiencing homelessness had a higher risk of poor outcomes from Covid-19 and high rates of other undiagnosed illnesses.

The team added: “Due to current restrictions, many thousands of people who experience rough sleeping have been accommodated in emergency accommodation. “This provides a unique opportunity to in-reach vaccination to a population that is otherwise often unable to access basic healthcare.”

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said that during the pandemic, the government had helped provide accommodation for 37,000 people at risk of rough sleeping.

More information can be found here.

Update 23.3.21 – More than 70,000 people in Portsmouth have had at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

The programme has now expanded so that anyone 50 or older is able to book an appointment. Those in the eligible groups, which includes some carers and people with learning disabilities, are advised to book now. Appointments for first doses are available for the rest of March but are filling up fast. You can book by visiting nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or calling 119 if you can’t get online. You don’t need to have received a letter from the NHS. The vaccines are free on the NHS and are safe and effective.

Anyone not in the current eligible groups should wait to be contacted. The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn.

If you have an appointment booked for your second dose please attend as this is needed to give you maximum protection.

Once you’ve had your jab it’s still important to continue following the advice about social distancing, face coverings and hand washing.

You might receive a text message inviting you to book an appointment. You can trust your text message is genuine if it comes from ‘NHSvaccine’, includes a link to the NHS.uk website and gives you the option of phoning 119. Always remember that the NHS will never:

  • ask you for your bank account, card details, PIN or banking password
  • arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
  • ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or payslips