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How can I protect myself and others against COVID-19?

You can check the latest Government guidance and information about COVID-19 by visiting the Government website.

Protect yourself and others

Vaccinations are our first form of defence against COVID-19. It's never too late to get your first or second dose of the vaccine. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Gloucestershire, including boosters please visit the NHS Covid portal.

You can reduce the risk of catching and passing on COVID-19 by:

  • Getting vaccinated
  • Letting fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meeting outside
  • Wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, especially where coming into contact with people they do not usually meet and when rates of transmission are high
  • Trying to stay at home if unwell
  • Washing hands and following advice to “Catch it, Bin it, Kill it”
  • Taking a test if displaying COVID-19 symptoms. Although free testing for COVID-19 has ended for most people, you may still be able to get free rapid lateral flow tests if you work for the NHS or in social care, are going into hospital, or you’re at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19. Find out more about testing.

Read the Government's Living with Covid strategy.

More information

Changes to the NHS COVID Pass

From 12 May the domestic NHS COVID Pass will no longer be available.

This means that venues and events will no longer be able to request it as a condition of entry.

In line with this change, from today the medical exemptions service will no longer accept new applications from people who want to use the domestic NHS COVID Pass to prove they cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons. GPs will have until 11 July to process any applications received by 12 May.

The NHS COVID Pass for international travel will continue to be available as normal.


Page updated: 31/03/2022 Page updated by: Gloucestershire County Council

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