Supporting our local community

The situation and guidance continues to change rapidly. You can check official sources for the latest updates below:

Latest Government Guidance

For the latest and most up to date information visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus

New Coronavirus Rules from November 30th

In response to a new variant of concern, known as Omicron, the government has announced that covid rules in England are being strengthened to limit the spread.

From Tuesday, 30 November, the following rules will be in place:

  • Face coverings will be once again compulsory in shops and on public transport
  • All contacts of suspected Omicron cases will be required to self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of a person's vaccination status
  • Anyone entering the UK will require a PCR test within 48 hours of arrival and will need to self-isolate until they have a negative result

Read more on the Kingston Council website 

Coronavirus Restrictions - Rules around self isolation

If you test positive for COVID-19, you must self isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms started. This is law, and if you fail to self-isolate you may be fined.

The council and other agencies will support you if you and your family need to self isolate. To find out what support and advice is available, visit Connected Kingston or call us on 020 8547 5000 or complete our support form.

For more information visit gov.uk/coronavirus

If you have been in close contact with somebody who has tested positive for coronavirus, you do not need to self-isolate if:

  • You have been fully vaccinated for more than 14 days, or;
  • You are under the age of 18.

Instead of self-isolating, those who are double jabbed and identified as close contacts of positive COVID-19 cases are advised to get a free PCR test as soon as possible, which you can do by visiting nhs.uk/Get-Tested . Under 18s will be given advice about whether to get tested, dependent on their age and circumstances, and will only need to self-isolate if they have a positive test result.

For more information visit gov.uk/coronavirus

How can I keep myself and others safe?

Although most coronavirus restrictions have been lifted, coronavirus rates remain high in Kingston and across the country. It is important that we all continue to play our part to stop the spread - particularly as we move into the colder months.

What can I do to keep Kingston safe? 

You can find out local information support and guidance by visiting Kingston council  COVID-19 page.

The Government's Winter Plan

The Government has outlined its plan to deal with coronavirus throughout the Autumn and Winter months. The plan continues to put faith in the coronavirus vaccines as the first line of defence, supported by regular testing among the population. 

The government has also outlined a contingency plan - called ‘Plan B’ - which would only be used if the NHS comes under unsustainable pressure. This includes measures such as mandatory face masks and vaccine passports at mass events. By following the guidance outlined above, you will be helping to control the spread of coronavirus and prevent this scenario.

You can read the full plan here.

Vaccine Information 

Walk-in clinics are being held across south west London for people to have their first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. There's no need to book an appointment.

Find your nearest walk-in clinic

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccine - How to get your vaccine in Kingston this week

Visit walk-in sites open this week or book online.

No appointment is needed for these sessions, and you do not need to be registered with a GP. We will update this page when new walk-in vaccination sessions are announced. Upcoming sessions are listed below:

  • Kingston Ancient Market House pop up vaccination clinic

    Pfizer walk-ins available

    Friday 26 –  Sunday 28 November, 9.30am – 3.30pm

    Hawks Road KT1 3EW

    Pfizer walk-ins available,12-15 year olds

  • Monday 29 November – Friday 3 December 2021, 3.30pm – 7.30pm
  • Pfizer walk-ins available,16+ year olds

  • Monday 29 November – Friday 3 December 2021, 8.30am – 2.30pm
  • Tuesday 30 November to Thursday 2 December and Saturday 4 December and Sunday 5 December 2021, 8.30am- 6.30pm
  • Please note: Hawks Road Vaccination Centre is now offering walk-ins for booster vaccinations.                                                                            

    PSM Pharmacy KT6 7BB

    Pfizer walk-ins available, 16+ year olds

  • Saturday 27 November 2021, 9am –4pm
  • Sunday 28 November 2021, 10am – 3pm
  • Wednesday 1 December, 9am – 7pm
  • Friday 3 December, 9am – 7pm
  • Saturday 4 December, 9am – 4pm
  • Sunday 5 December, 9am – 3pm

You can view all the latest information about any walk-in vaccination clinics on SWL NHS's website.

COVID-19 booster vaccinations

Latest advice on COVID-19 booster vaccines for those aged 40 to 49

The JCVI has advised that, in addition to those aged over 50 years and at higher risk from COVID-19, all adults aged 40 to 49 years should be offered an mRNA COVID-19 booster vaccine (typically Pfizer or Moderna), 6 months after their second dose, irrespective of the vaccines given for the first and second doses.

The COVID-19 vaccines provide high levels of protection against hospitalisation or of dying from the virus. To maintain this high level of protection through the coming winter, the JCVI is advising that booster vaccines be offered to those more at risk from serious disease, and who were vaccinated during Phase 1 of the vaccine programme (priority groups 1 to 9).

This includes:

  • those living in residential care homes for older adults
  • all adults aged 40 years or over
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • all those aged 16 to 39 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19, and adult carers
  • adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals. 

Eligible people and all health and social care workers are now entitled to have their Covid booster vaccine at any of our walk-in vaccination centres by showing their ID or proof of employment status, online through the NHS National Booking system here, or by calling 119.

Read more on the Kingston Council website

 

Read the Government’s guide for young people and parents here

 

Where to get your NHS COVID Pass letter

You can use this letter if you're travelling abroad, or going to an event, and need proof you've had your COVID-19 vaccination.

If you're going to an event, you'll need to wait 2 weeks after you've been fully vaccinated before you can use this letter. 

You can apply for your NHS Covid Pass letter by following this link to the NHS website 

Other ways to get your digital version of the NHS COVID Pass:

You need to have an NHS login for this.

Or you can call 119 to get a letter sent to you if you cannot get a letter online.

Covid Pass Information

Travel advice

Travel restrictions: check what you need to do to travel abroad and the testing and quarantine rules when you return to England.

Countries and territories are listed as either red, amber or green. The rules for testing and quarantine when you return to England are different for each list.

Check the red, amber and green list and the rules for the country or territory you’re visiting.

The rules you must follow depend on which countries or territories you’ve been in or travelled through in the 10 days before you arrive in England, as well as the one you’re travelling from.

For example, if you travel from an amber list country but have been in a red list country in the 10 days before you arrive in England, you must follow the rules for red list countries.

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Red, amber and green list rules

 

Guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

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Guidance on shielding

Protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

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Latest NHS Guidance

For the latest medical advice, information about the vaccine and getting tested vist: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Coronavirus Vaccination

Information about the vaccine and how to book

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Testing for Coronavirus

Get a test to check if you have COVID-19, find out what testing involves and understand your test result.

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Local information for Kingston residents

Visit Kingston Council's website for the most up-to-date local information: www.kingston.gov.uk/covid-19-kingston

I need help - Kingston Stronger Together

You can get help through the council’s Kingston Stronger Together hub if you are struggling during the pandemic. You’ll also find resources on COVID-19 and domestic abuse, supporting children, and guidance in other languages and formats. 

Support Form 

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Local Testing Information

Local advice for Kingston residents on how to book a test and where

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Local Vaccine Information

Local information about the vaccine including FAQ's

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