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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.
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 you must:
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.
If you have any coronavirus symptoms:
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.
They do not need to self-isolate unless they're contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service. But they should take extra care to follow social distancing advice, including washing their hands often.
If they get any coronavirus symptoms, they should get advice from the NHS 111 online coronavirus service.
There is separate advice if you're told by NHS Test and Trace that you've been in contact with a person with coronavirus.
For information about self-isolating when you travel or return to the UK, see GOV.UK: how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK.
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.
People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 10 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop spreading the virus.
Please remember, the NHS Test and Trace service will not:
The NHS Test and Trace website contains further information about symptoms, what to do and how to isolate.
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.
We currently have five testing sites in Coventry.
Before you visit, you need to book your test online.
The NHS Test and Trace App is available for people over 16 to download to help to restrict the spread of COVID-19.
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.
Hospitality venues, including bars, restaurants and a number of other venues are expected to display a QR code at the entrance to the premises. The QR code will be unique to the venue and will enable app users to check in when they arrive at a location.
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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