December 2021 COVID-19 Key Messages for Wirral

Dec 21, 2021 | COVID-19, News

Julie’s key messages for those living and working in Wirral:

  • Join the 46 million people in the UK who are fully vaccinated – if you haven’t had the time, I urge you to now do so. COVID-19 vaccinations are both safe and effective and are the best way to keep yourself from getting seriously ill.
  • Get a booster shot once you’re invited. The vaccination booster programme has been extended to all adults who had their second jab three months ago. The effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines drop over time, so it’s very important to get a top-up to protect you and your loved ones.
  • Wear a face covering – it is now a legal requirement to wear face coverings in shops, and on public transport. I urge you to consider wearing one in other crowded spaces, too. A global study found that wearing face coverings was linked to a 53% drop in cases, so we know they work.
  • Keep washing your hands and use hand-sanitising gel when out and about.
  • Fresh air can make a big difference in stopping the spread. Meet outdoors if you can, or open windows, doors, and vents if inside. I know it’s cold but opening a window for even 10 minutes can help.
  • Keep getting tested: If you develop COVID-19 symptoms (new continuous cough, high temperature, loss or change in taste or smell), self-isolate immediately and get a PCR test. You should self-isolate at home while you get a PCR test and wait for the results.
  1. You must self-isolate if you test positive. You must self-isolate from the day your symptoms started and the next 10 full days, or from the day your test was taken if you do not have symptoms and the next 10 full days. This is the law, regardless of whether you have been vaccinated.
  2. Take tests if you do not have symptoms to help manage your risk. Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have any symptoms. This means they could be spreading the virus without knowing it. Testing regularly increases the chances of detecting COVID-19 when you are infectious but are not displaying symptoms, helping to make sure you do not spread COVID-19 by staying at home and self-isolating immediately. Rapid lateral flow testing continues to be available free of charge. You can get tests from pharmacies or online.
  •  Self-isolate if you are told to do so by NHS Test and Trace or local authority public health teams and minimise your contact with others if you know you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive. If you are self-isolating, there is support available to you during this period from national and local government.
  • Get tested before meeting up with others and don’t go if your test is positive.

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