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Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

Help protect yourselves and others. There is a wealth of information and guidance available online about COVID-19 and the steps we should be taking to protect ourselves and others in these unsettling times. On this page you will find links to key information from organisations such as the NHS, the UK Government and Brent Council.

Coronavirus: advice and guidance

For the most up to date information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) visit the Government's website

To help stop the spread of Covid-19 remember the following guidelines: 

  • Get vaccinated and get your booster dose
  • Consider wearing a face covering in crowded, enclosed spaces
  • Let fresh air in if you meet indoors. Meeting outdoors is safer
  • Get tested and self-isolate if required

As of 27 January, face coverings are no longer required by law. However, it is still recommended to use one in crowded, enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with people you do not normally meet. Some businesses may also require you to wear one. 

Similarly, you no longer have to show your NHS COVID Pass at venues and events by law - although some venues may choose to set their own requirements. 

Have you had your Covid-19 vaccine yet? 

If you still need a Covid-19 vaccine, or have not yet had your booster dose, there are still plenty of opportunities to get jabbed. The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine helps to make us all safer. It has been proved safe and effective by independent experts, and is the best way to protect people from coronavirus and save thousands of lives.

Click here for the latest information - including locations of vaccination centres - from Brent Council. This includes booking information, answers to common questions, and resources translated into community languages. 

You can also click here to download a PDF with answers to common questions about the Covid-19 booster and the flu jab. 

Additional vaccination information

**Update 29 November 2021** The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has updated its guidance on vaccination. Everyone aged 18+ will now be eligible for a booster, however you will need to wait for the NHS to announce that they are vaccinating your age group. Priority will be given to older adults and those at higher risk from Covid-19. 

The JCVI has also announced that the second dose for young people aged 12-15 years should now be given 12 weeks after the initial dose. More information about vaccination for young people is available here

Covid scams

There has been an increase in scams and misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccine. Make sure you get your information from trusted sources. The NHS have put together a leaflet on what current scams look like and what to do. Covid-Vaccine-Scam-Information

BBC Asian Network is helping people in the South Asian community to spot potential scams, with advice videos in five South Asian languages: Urdu, Punjabi, Sylheti, Tamil and Gujarati.

Other Guidance

The NHS guidelines and coronavirus resources have been translated in over 60 languages by Doctors of the World in partnership with the British Red Cross.

Emergency help and support

For Brent residents, Brent Council have put together a list of specialist support including for emergency childcare, domestic abuse, homelessness, or help for individuals with more complex needs. More information on how you can get involved or access help, can be found on their website

Mental wellbeing

The NHS has put together advice to help support your mental wellbeing during this time. It is important to recognise the impact that the pandemic has had on your mental wellbeing, and reach out for support if you need it. 

Brent Council has put together a resource of how to support your mental wellbeing during the pandemic. If you are in crisis and need emergency help visit the Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster Mind crisis support page

Your experiences

Healthwatch Brent wants to hear from you about your experiences during the pandemic so we can inform health and social care services in Brent. We will share this information with different organisations to ensure services are responding to the pandemic and taking local views into account.

If you would like to share feedback with us, email info@healthwatchbrent.co.uk or fill in the survey.

This page was last updated on 31 January 2022.