Covid - boost your protection now!
In the seven days up to 19 November (based on data published on 24 November) we had 1,339 confirmed new cases of COVID-19 in Brighton & Hove. This is:
- up 25% on the previous seven days
- equivalent to a weekly rate of 459 per 100,000 residents
- lower than the South East which was 517 per 100,000
- higher than the rate for England, which was 424 per 100,000
What this means for Brighton & Hove
Alistair Hill, Director of Public Health at Brighton & Hove City Council, said: "With high numbers of positive cases in every age group, it’s important we all boost our protection against Covid.
“First and second doses of the vaccine remain available and many people are now eligible for a booster too.
“From this week 16 and 17 year olds can now get their second vaccination and anyone who’s 40 or over is now eligible for a booster 182 days after their second dose.
“It’s also now easier to get your vaccine. The NHS has added thousands of new appointments to the National Booking System. This now includes sessions at Brighton Racecourse and 800 appointments a day at Churchill Square.
“This is great news as it means thousands more people in the city will be better protected this winter. If you are due a vaccine, please book an appointment as soon as you can.
“I also want to say a big thank you to everyone who has been involved in running the NHS vaccination programme. It’s been a year of constantly changing demands but more than 3 million vaccines have been delivered across Sussex. This is a huge achievement.”
What you can do to help keep Covid cases down
Get your Covid vaccines, your booster and your flu jab when you’re offered it.
- First and second doses are available to book online or find a walk-in session near you.
- People aged 18 or over (or turning 18 within 3 months) can get a second dose eight weeks after your first.
- People aged 16 and 17 can now get a second dose 12 weeks or more after their first dose.
- Covid boosters are available for people aged 40 and over, health & social care workers and those with underlying health conditions where it's been 182 days (6 months and 1 week) since your second jab. Walk-in vaccination sessions are available or you can book an appointment in advance.
- Vaccinations for 12-15 year olds are being organised through schools or you can book an appointment through the national booking service. Find out more about vaccines for 12-15 year olds.
- Flu vaccines are available now and free for many people. See who’s eligible and how to book. COVID-19 and flu vaccines are safe to be given together. Please get both vaccinations as soon as possible.
Wear a face covering in crowded or enclosed places, including public transport. It’s not just about protecting yourself and others, it can also help make sure others feel safe.
Meet outside where possible, or let fresh air in.
Keep taking lateral flow tests regularly, especially when mixing with other households or those at greater risk of Covid. Please report all results and if you test positive you must self-isolate and order a PCR test.
- order free test packs online to be delivered to you at home
- pick packs up from Jubilee Library or Hove Town Hall
- collect packs from a pharmacy – you need to register for a collect code before picking up tests from a pharmacy
- get a supervised test at a pharmacy.
Get a PCR test if you have any Covid symptoms, even mild, or if you test positive from a lateral flow test.
Then stay at home and isolate for 10 days if you test positive. If you have any symptoms it’s important that you get a PCR test and don’t use the lateral flow home test kits.
Close contacts of someone who’s tested positive should get a PCR test. If you are a close contact and not fully vaccinated you should stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days even if your PCR is negative.
If you are a contact and fully vaccinated (where you received your second dose more than two weeks ago) or if you are under 18 years and 6 months, you no longer need to self-isolate while waiting for your PCR result.