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Updated Covid-19 safety information

The government has removed remaining domestic restrictions in England.

There are still steps you can take to reduce the risk of catching and spreading COVID-19:

Symptoms

The NHS has updated the list of Covid-19 symptoms in adults and children.

Testing

Free testing for COVID-19 has ended for most people.

You may still be able to get free rapid lateral flow tests if you work for the NHS or in social care, are going into hospital, or you’re at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

Spring boosters

Care home residents, people aged 75 and over and those with a weakened immune system aged 12 and over will be invited to get a spring COVID-19 booster.

The NHS will contact you and invite you to book your spring booster when it’s due.

Vaccinations for children

Children aged 5-11 are now eligible for their COVID-19 vaccine. You can take your child to a number of local sites for their 1st or 2nd jab – no appointment needed. Book an appointment or find a walk-in site near you for your child's vaccination.

Self-isolation

The legal requirement to self-isolate ended on Wednesday 23 February 2022.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms you should still avoid contact with others.

 If you test positive, stay at home. The Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme ended at midnight on 23 February 2022. If you were told to self-isolate before 24 February you can still make a claim up to 6 April 2022. 

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