Category “coronavirus”

UK sets new record for second doses as vaccine rollout continues

April 13th, 2021

The UK set a new record for second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine over the weekend of the 10th/11th April. On Saturday 10th April, more than 475,000 second doses were provided. Saturday marked the fourth consecutive day of delivering over 400,000 second vaccine doses per day. More than 111,000 first doses were also administered on […]

Regular rapid Covid tests to be available to all in England as lockdown measures ease

April 6th, 2021

The government has confirmed that twice-weekly rapid Covid-19 tests will be made available to all in England from Friday 9th April. Lateral flow tests, which provide results in 30 minutes, will be accessible to everyone in England as lockdown measures ease. It is hoped that offering free regular tests will help to suppress outbreaks quickly […]

Charities back efforts to encourage vulnerable people to get Covid-19 vaccinations

March 16th, 2021

A number of high-profile charities have backed calls from the government and the NHS to encourage vulnerable people to get their Covid-19 vaccination. As the rollout progresses, those in priority group 6 are now being invited to book an appointment for their vaccine. This group includes people who have learning disabilities and those with underlying […]

UK vaccine rollout continues at speed as people aged 56-59 receive invitations

March 9th, 2021

The UK vaccine rollout is continuing to press on at speed, as people aged 56-59 receive invitations for their first injection. As part of the next phase of the rollout, which will target all over 50s, individuals aged 56 and over will receive an invitation this week. The government is hoping to vaccinate everyone over […]

UK vaccine rollout to continue with age as top priority

March 2nd, 2021

The UK’s vaccine rollout is to continue with age as the top priority. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has confirmed that the next phase of the rollout will begin with 40-50-year-olds. There had been speculation that some groups would be prioritised according to occupation, but the JCVI has specified age groups, rather […]

Research reveals first vaccine doses reduce hospitalisation risk dramatically

February 23rd, 2021

Research conducted by Public Health Scotland has revealed incredibly positive news about the impact of first doses of vaccines on Covid-19 hospitalisation rates.  Studies show that after four weeks of the first vaccine dose, hospitalisations fell by 85% for the Pfizer vaccine and 94% for the AstraZeneca vaccine. The research provides the first sign of […]

NHS confirms next stage of vaccine rollout after reaching first target

February 16th, 2021

The NHS has confirmed the launch of the second phase of the vaccine rollout after ministers announced that the first stage had been completed by Monday 15th February. The first stage of the rollout, which began in December 2020, was to vaccinate the top four priority groups outlined by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and […]

Businesses in England set to be offered rapid workplace Covid-19 testing

February 9th, 2021

Businesses in England are set to be offered workplace testing to provide safer workplaces for staff that are unable to work from home. Organisations that employ over 50 people will have access to rapid lateral flow testing under new guidelines, which aim to reduce the risk of outbreaks. Previously, this form of testing, which produces […]

Experts encourage everyone to stick to the rules, as vaccinated individuals may still spread the virus

January 26th, 2021

The vaccination numbers are hugely positive in the UK, but that doesn’t mean that restrictions can be relaxed any time soon, according to health experts. Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, who recently confirmed that his mother had been vaccinated, urged the public, including those who have had their injection, to continue following the rules. There is a […]

England introduces ‘rule of 6’ to combat rise in Covid-19 cases

September 15th, 2020
England introduces ‘rule of 6’ to combat rise in Covid-19 cases

Residents in England are adapting to a new ‘rule of 6’ as ministers grapple with an increase in Covid-19 cases.  From Monday 14th September, people will be required to socialise in groups of six or less. The move comes after a spike in cases in recent weeks. The rule of 6 applies to both indoor […]

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