COVID-19 is still with us – let’s continue to protect each other.
Let’s continue to stop the spread of coronavirus. Even if you’re fully vaccinated you can still pass it on. Coronavirus remains a serious health risk. You should stay cautious to help protect yourself and others:
- Meet outside, or open windows and doors for indoor visitors
- If you think you have symptoms stay at home and take a PCR test
- Wear face coverings in crowded places and on public transport
- Check in to venues when you go out
- Wash your hands with soap regularly, and for at least 20 seconds
- Get vaccinated
All adults in England have now been offered at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccines are safe and effective. They give you the best protection against COVID-19. If you have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine, you should get vaccinated. Evidence indicates that two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine provide very effective protection against hospitalisation. It usually takes around 2 to 3 weeks for your body to develop its protective response. You need 2 doses of vaccine for maximum protection against COVID-19.
However, even if you have been fully vaccinated, you could still get COVID-19 and pass it on to others. Whilst the vaccines provide a high level of protection against severe disease, hospitalisation and death, a recent PHE report shows that around 1 in 5 people who have had both doses are still vulnerable to getting infected with the Delta variant and showing symptoms. You can also still spread COVID-19 to others. We all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to protect others and to reduce the risk of new variants developing and spreading.
What to do if you need medical help for another reason
If you need medical help not related to coronavirus:
- For health information and advice, use the NHS website or check your GP surgery website.
- For urgent medical help, you can use the NHS 111 website or call NHS 111.
- For life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance.