Key messages issued to protect Sandwell people from Covid-19 this autumn
Published 7th October 2021
Reminder to residents, workers and students about the key Covid-19 messages.
As the autumn weather starts to bite, Sandwell Council’s public health team is reminding residents, workers and students about the key Covid-19 messages they should follow to keep them, their family and friends safe.
Self-isolation saves lives: do not leave your home if you have, or might have, Covid-19 – this helps stop the virus spreading to other people. Break the chains of transmission and protect other people from this deadly virus. Please don’t risk other people’s lives by not self-isolating when you need to.
The vaccine is your best defence against the virus: you have a much higher risk of being hospitalised, seriously ill or dying from Covid-19 if you are unvaccinated. If you haven’t had your jabs yet, or you declined the offer previously, don’t worry, there are still jabs with your name on them. The vast majority of people with Covid-19 being treated in critical care in our hospitals are unvaccinated. Book your jabs online or use one of the local walk-in centres or pop-up clinics.
If you are eligible for a booster dose of the vaccine, please get your jab when you are offered it. If you are not a frontline health or social care worker, please wait to be contacted by the NHS before booking your booster dose.
If you have Covid-19 symptoms, you must self-isolate and book a PCR test. We also encourage people to book a PCR test for a range of other symptoms that could be Covid-19 – it’s better to be safe than sorry.
About one in three people with Covid-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others. Rapid tests are for people without symptoms of Covid-19. There is now a new way to collect rapid Covid-19 tests from your local pharmacy. You will need to register online for a code before picking up test kits, or get one by calling 119. You can then take your code to the pharmacy and take your test kits away. Anyone over the age of 16 can collect a maximum of two boxes.
Sandwell’s director of public health, Dr Lisa McNally, said: “Covid-19 hasn't gone away. You should still act carefully and remain cautious while managing the risks. And while we welcome the good vaccination uptake in Sandwell, there are still people who have not been vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, you are at much higher risk of severe illness and death, and could pass the virus onto loved ones and friends.
“Please follow our key messages to protect yourself and those around you this autumn."