Key national information sources
Stay up-to-date with the latest information on Covid-19.
NHS information for people with genetic, rare and undiagnosed conditions that may be at higher than average risk from Covid-19 is here. Please be aware that this includes people affected by a broader range of conditions than those that reduce the effectiveness of our immune system. If you do not know whether you are at higher than average risk from Covid-19, then you need to consult our condition specific guidance, your GP, or your clinical specialist.
There are a small number of people who will still be able to get free Covid-19 tests from the NHS. These are for people who:
- Have a health condition which means they are eligible for new Covid-19 treatments
- Are going into hospital for surgery or a procedure
- Work in the NHS or social care
If you are eligible you may be able to order a free test here.
NHS Volunteer Responders in England can help with shopping, a prescription collection or a friendly chat. People needing support can self-refer if they think they meet the qualifying criteria. Carers can make a referral for someone they care and for themselves, if this support helps them continue in their caring role. To find out more about the service click here. To self-refer telephone: 0808 196 3646.
For support to manage your mental health during this pandemic, you can visit the Every Mind Matters website.
Shielding and Vulnerable People
Clinically extremely vulnerable people are advised to follow the same guidance as everyone else. Precautions are included in the guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable.
A spring booster for people aged 75 and over and people aged 12 and over with a weakened immune system can book a booster now.
First and second doses
After a second dose people can get a booster if they are aged 16 and over or 12-15 if they are at a greater risk of being seriously ill from Covid-19.
Additional primary dose
People who have a severely weakened immune system aged 12 years old and over will be eligible for a fourth vaccine.
Working Safely During Coronavirus
Carers and Parents
Information for Charities
The NCVO has information for charities that may have concerns surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic. This includes information on funding, supporting workers and other resources.