THE LATEST CORONAVIRUS ADVICE
Booster Jab Roll-Out from 20th september
It is said that the booster should be given at least six months after a person had their second dose – with the Pfizer-BioNTech jab recommended.
Those eligible include over-50s, younger adults with health conditions and frontline health and care workers.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid made the announcement in the Commons as part of an autumn and winter plan for managing Covid in England.
Scotland will begin offering booster jabs for the broader group from Monday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said. She said the programme “was intended to prolong the protection” of vaccines and will run alongside the flu vaccination programme.
Those eligible include over-50s, younger adults with health conditions and frontline health and care workers. It is said that the booster should be given at least 6 months after a person had their second dose – with the Pfizer-BioNTech jab recommended.
Source: BBC News website
From Monday 16 August, people who are double jabbed or aged under 18 will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case.
For more info, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/self-isolation-removed-for-double-jabbed-close-contacts-from-16-august
If you’ve been in France:
From 4am Sunday 8th August
If you arrive in England after 4am Sunday 8 August, and you are fully vaccinated in the UK, USA or Europe, you will not need to:
- quarantine on arrival in England
- take a day 8 COVID-19 test
You must still book and take a day 2 COVID-19 test.
You must be fully vaccinated with a vaccine authorised by:
- the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for Europe
- Swissmedic for Switzerland
- the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the USA
You must have had your final dose of the vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England.
For more information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-quarantine-when-you-arrive-in-england
No quarantine for fully jabbed US and EU travellers to England
UK travel update: government waives quarantine for arrivals fully vaccinated from Europe and USA while also confirming international cruise restart – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
We have placements available now, please get in contact if you’re returning to the UK & looking for work.
Please note that although the majority of lockdown restrictions have been listed, we are still asking all our Live-in Carers and Nurses to please wear their masks to help prevent the spread of Covid.
Most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 will be lifted at step 4. This means that when step 4 takes place:
- You will not need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with. There will also be no limits on the number of people you can meet
- However, in order to minimise risk at a time of high prevalence, you should limit the close contact you have with those you do not usually live with, and increase close contact gradually. This includes minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts
- Meet outdoors where possible and let fresh air into homes or other enclosed spaces
- The Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can. However, the Government expects and recommends a gradual return over the summer
- The requirement to wear face coverings in law will be lifted. However, the Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport
- There will no longer be limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and other life events (including receptions and celebrations). There will be no requirement for table service at life events, or restrictions on singing or dancing. You should follow guidance for weddings and funerals to reduce risk and protect yourself and others
- There will no longer be restrictions on group sizes for attending communal worship
COVID-19 has not gone away, so it’s important to remember the actions you can take to keep yourself and others safe. Everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious.
Travel updates 3rd June: Red, Amber, and Green Rules for Entering England
Important information for carers travelling from Portugal:
Amber list countries and territories
What you must do if you have been in an amber country or territory in the 10 days before you arrive in England.
You must follow these rules even if you have been vaccinated.
Before travel to England
Before you travel to England you must:
- take a COVID-19 test
- book and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 travel tests – to be taken after arrival in England
- complete a passenger locator form
On arrival in England
On arrival in England you must:
- quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days
- take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8
Read about quarantine and taking COVID-19 tests.
Children aged 4 and under do not need to take the day 2 or day 8 test.
You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.
Foreign Travel –
Foreign travel advice has also changed due to the tighter restrictions, if you are making plans to come to the UK or head home you will have to quarantine in designated hotels organised by the Government, which is effective from Monday 15 February. The cost of this is £1,750 for 10 nights, which includes your accomodation, food and testing. You will need to take a Covid-19 test on Day 2 and Day 8 of your self-isolation. Find out more here >
The NHS APP will also be updated to reflect the changes. For full details around the new guidelines and to understand what you can and can’t do, follow this link here >
Training at Consultus
The training team are continuing to offer four hour, socially distanced face-to-face practical training sessions as part of the carer induction and update courses. Carers undertaking their annual update training will complete three online courses and four Consultus virtual training topics before attending the practical moving & positioning and basic life support training at the Consultus training centre where there will be hand sanitisation, hand washing protocols in place, and a maximum of 5 carers attending each session.
Please click here for more information.
If you have any concerns about the Coronavirus please call the NHS 111 Service as this service provides up-to-date information about the Coronavirus. Anyone who is assessed as possibly having symptoms of the virus will be directed by the 111 service to a public health helpline and, if necessary, medical tests can be arranged and specific advice given.
Follow the below links for some helpful advice around the virus:
The BMJ latest guidelines for the Coronavirus
WATCH this useful video from the World Health Organisation on basic protective measures you can take against the virus.
Please read our updated guidance for those working in the homecare sector here>
Symptoms: The main symptoms of Covid are a cough, fever and a loss or change of sell/taste.
Preventing the spread of infection: As with the flu and common cold, the best way to help prevent infection is to maintain good hand and face hygiene; wash your hands regularly (alcohol gel can be used if hands are visibility soiled), and cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow or a tissue which is then thrown away. Where possible, avoid contact with people who have flu like symptoms: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/