COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Vaccines, symptoms and Test and Trace

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are our best defence against the virus. People who are most at risk of complications from COVID-19 are being offered the vaccine first. The vaccination programme is being managed by the NHS - you do not need to take any action. The NHS will contact you and let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine.

Drop-in vaccination clinics

You can attend a drop-in vaccination clinic without booking an appointment in advance.

Help control the virus

We want everyone in Coventry to stay safe and help in keeping the number of infections as low as possible. 1 in 3 people who have the virus have no symptoms, so you could be spreading it without knowing it. To do this everyone needs to play their part by keeping informed of the latest government guidance and implementing this in our everyday activities.

To protect yourself and others, when you leave home:

  • Keep washing your hands regularly.
  • It’s recommended you cover your face in crowded spaces and when inside shops and on public transport.
  • Consider limiting close contact with people you do not live with and open windows to let fresh air in.

If you are feeling unwell, get a test and do not leave home for at least 10 days.

If you start to show any symptoms, no matter how mild, then you should self-isolate and seek a test. Don’t become complacent. By not following guidance you could be spreading COVID-19 without knowing it. Help us to keep Coventry safe.

Ask for a test if you have symptoms

If you have any coronavirus symptoms:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Get a test and stay at home.

Getting tested will help you find out if you and anyone you live with can stop self-isolating.

You may want to tell people you've been in close contact with in the past 48 hours that you might have coronavirus.

If you have coronavirus symptoms, you can get advice from the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Local GPs and Accident and Emergency departments in Coventry are still open during the COVID-19 situation, though how you access them might be slightly different than you're used to.

What does close contact mean?

The definition of a close contact is:

  • face-to-face contact (within 1 metre) with someone who has tested positive, including being coughed on, face to face conversation, having skin-to-skin physical contact.
  • within 2 metres of someone who has tested positive for more than 15 minutes.
  • travelled in a small vehicle, large vehicle or plane with someone who has tested positive.

These definitions of close contact apply even when people are wearing face coverings.

When to self-isolate

Self-isolate if:

  • you have any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
  • you're waiting for a coronavirus test result
  • you've tested positive for coronavirus - this means you have coronavirus
  • you live with someone who has symptoms, is waiting for a test result or has tested positive

Any person testing positive for COVID-19 is still legally required to isolate for a full 10 days. They will also be asked to report their close contacts.

Close contacts of a positive case are no longer required to self-isolate if any of the following applies:

  • They are fully vaccinated (they must have received 2 vaccinations from the UK vaccination programme and at least 14 days have passed since the second dose)
  • They are below the age of 18 years 6 months
  • They are part of a COVID19 vaccine trial
  • They are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

All close contacts who do not need to isolate are asked to get a PCR test. They do not need to isolate whilst waiting for the result unless they have symptoms themselves.

Close contacts are also advised to:

  • Limit close contact with people outside of their household, especially in enclosed spaces
  • Wear a face covering in enclosed spaces and when social distancing is difficult
  • Limit contact with anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable
  • Take part in twice-weekly LFT testing
  • This advice applied for 10 full days after the contact with the person who tested positive
  • Separate guidance has been issued for those that work in health and social care.

NHS Test and Trace

The NHS Test and Trace Service is available to anyone who displays symptoms of COVID-19. Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions.

Book a test

Please remember, the NHS Test and Trace service will not:

  • visit your home
  • ask for bank details or payments
  • ask for details of any other accounts, such as social media
  • ask you to set up a password or PIN number over the phone
  • ask you to call a premium rate number, such as those starting 09 or 087

The NHS Test and Trace website contains further information about symptoms, what to do and how to isolate.

Visit the Stay Safe Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire website.

Test and trace testing site locations

It's important that people do what they can to prevent the spread in Coventry. If you think you have symptoms of coronavirus, no matter how mild, then you must self-isolate and book a test immediately.

NHS COVID-19 Test and Trace App advice for businesses and residents

You are encouraged to still use the NHS Test and Trace app and check into venues that are using it. You may need to scan in on entry or give your details for Test and Trace. The NHS Test and Trace App is available for people over 16 to download to help to restrict the spread of COVID-19.

Download the NHS COVID-19 App from:

The NHS Test and Trace App uses proven technology from Apple and Google, designed to protect every user’s privacy. It will be used in England and Wales, alongside traditional contact tracing.

It notifies users if they come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus.

By scanning a QR code app users will be helping the NHS to trace and alert individuals that may have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for coronavirus.

App users will be able to report symptoms, and book a coronavirus test using the app.

The “Check-in” feature anonymously alerts users who have been at the same venue at the same time.

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Action cards – reporting an outbreak

  • Public Health England has released action cards for businesses that summarise the steps that should be taken to manage a possible outbreak of COVID-19. The Action Cards are designed to be printed or downloaded to keep on-hand in your business or organisation.

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