The Rona Hub
Return to Plan A
England will fully return to Plan A on Thursday 27 January, this means:
- guidance to work from home has ended
- face coverings won’t compulsory in all indoor spaces but are still recommended in enclosed or crowded places, where you may come into contact with people you do not normally meet
- NHS Covid Pass - proof of full vaccination or a recent negative lateral flow test won’t be mandatory for entry to nightclubs and other large venues. Venues can still use the NHS Covid Pass if they wish.
- you are still legally required to self-isolate if you test positive for Covid
For more information go to the Coronavirus information
How long you need to self-isolate for?
Rules on self-isolation have changed.
You can stop isolating at the start of day 6, but only if you get 2 negative rapid lateral flow test results on days 5 and 6 and do not have a temperature. You also need to take the tests at least 24 hours apart. If either test is positive, you need to wait 24 hours before testing again.
Read more about self-isolation on the Gov.uk website
Not been for your vaccine yet? Here’s what it’s like
Neve from the University of Worcester made this video to show us what it’s like to get a second COVID-19 vaccination in Worcester.
Book your vaccine at the Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination page on NHS.uk.
Find your local walk-in centre at www.swhealthcare.org.uk.
Need more information about the COVID-19 vaccine before you book?
Don't wait! Get vaccinated! Get boosted!
It's not too late to Get vaccinated
- get boosted now – a booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine is available for everyone aged 16 and over, and some people aged between 12-15, who have had 2 doses of the vaccine at least 3 months ago.
- everyone aged 16 and over can get a 1st, 2nd and booster dose of a vaccine.
- single doses are being offered to all 12 to 15 year-olds.
Find your nearest walk-in vaccination site on NHS.UK (opens a new window) or go to the SW Healthcare website (opens a new window).
Temporary change to lateral flow testing
If your rapid lateral flow test is positive, you need to self-isolate immediately, but you don’t need to get a PCR test to confirm this. This is a temporary measure while COVID-19 rates remain high across the UK.
Read more about changes to lateral flow testing on the Gov.uk website
Stay safe, follow these tips and keep life moving
- get vaccinated
- let fresh air in or meet outside
- take a rapid lateral flow test regularly and particularly when you’re more likely to catch or spread COVID-19 such as in crowded indoor places
- check-in with the app
- wear a face covering indoor, on public transport and in crowded public spaces
- regularly wash your hands
- cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow
- if you have mild COVID19 symptoms, take a test and stay home
Find out more about how to stay safe and help prevent the spread
Read the room
Not everyone is comfortable with things going back to ‘normal’
When catching up with friends, Read the Room
- Is everyone comfortable with the situation?
- Are windows open?
- Could you sit outside?
This could help put minds at ease and reduce the potential spread of Covid-19
Emotional Health & Wellbeing
If you’re going through a difficult time or struggling to understand how you are feeling, these links can help you.
- Kooth - online mental wellbeing community
- Mind for young people
- Quell - free, safe and anonymous mental health support for over 18s
- Reading Well in Worcestershire Libraries
- Samaritans for young people
- The Children’s Society for Young People
- Worcestershire Healthy Minds
- Young Minds - Look after yourself
Pregnancy and the vaccine
New-data shows most pregnant women hospitalised with COVID-19 have not had a jab. It is important to have both doses of your COVID-19 vaccine to protect you and your unborn baby.
If you are pregnant, thinking about having a baby, or breastfeeding, it is strongly recommended that you have the Covid-19 vaccine.