Although most legal restrictions have been lifted and many people have been vaccinated, it is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated, and we are still in the third wave of this pandemic in the UK.
In North East Lincolnshire we still have high rates of the virus and we still have people fighting for their lives in our local hospital.
COVID-19 will be a feature of our lives for the foreseeable future, so we need to learn to live with it and manage the risk to ourselves and others.
- Meet up outside or if you’re indoors open windows or doors if you have visitors.
- If you think you might have COVID-19 symptoms, take a PCR test and stay home if it is positive.
- Continue to wear face coverings in crowded places if you can to help protect others. You should still wear a face covering in healthcare settings (like going to the GP or hospital).
- Check in with the NHS COVID-19 app when you’re out.
- Wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds with soap.
- Get vaccinated if you are 18 or over.
Having both doses of the COVID vaccination offers you the best protection against serious illness and will help us get life back to normal. Fully vaccinated people
Everyone aged 16 and over has a vaccination waiting for them. You can book a slot in North East Lincolnshire by visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus-vaccine or by ringing 119. There are plenty of slots available over the coming two weeks.
There are also plenty of drop in clinics in North East Lincolnshire where you can walk in to have your first vaccination or 2nd if it's due. Please visit our page COVID Vaccine Clinics to find one that's convenient and suitable for you.
The following links will tell you more about the actions you need to take and give you information you need to know:
- Vaccine FAQs and resources
- COVID vaccination videos in different languages
- Social Care Workers COVID vaccinations
- Unpaid Carers COVID vaccinations
- What to do if you have symptoms
- Find out more about Testing and Tracing (this will take you to the relevent section of the NHS website)
- Information about face coverings
- Information about COVID-19 in North East Lincolnshire (this will take you to the relevent section of the North East Lincolnshire Council website)
- National information and guidance about COVID-19 (this will take you to the relevent section of the UK Government website)
- Information for clinically vulnerable people
- Information to help you recover if you have had COVID-19
- Humber Long COVID Triage and Assessment Service
- Information about COVID-19 and care homes
- Information about using pharmacies during the pandemic
Recovering from COVID-19
If you or someone you're caring for has had COVID-19 or you suspect the illness was COVID-19, please have a look at our recovering from coronavirus page. Alternatively, you can download a printable version of Recovering from Coronavirus (PDF). Even fit and healthy people may find it takes them longer to bounce back than after a normal viral infection such as flu, and there are steps you can take to help you on the road to recovery.
COVID-19 Vaccine scams
There are many scams going round to do with COVID-19 whether about the vaccination, testing or financial support. Please share this with your family and friends as anyone can become a target of scams.
Throughout this pandemic cyber criminals are preying on the fears people have of coronavirus and sending ‘phishing’ text messages that try and trick users into clicking on a bad link. Messages claim to be from a known entity, such as the NHS, the UK government or the NHS Test and Trace Service.
Further advice and information is available on how to protect yourself. You need to be able to spot a scam, verify the message and take action if you receive a scam text, phone call or email message. Find out more about COVID-19 scams on our Countering NHS Fraud web page