COVID-19

Please visit the government website for the latest advice on coronavirus (COVID-19), including the COVID-19 Response: Autumn and Winter Plan pdf

Further information is available on the Public Health England (PHE) and NHS websites.

We have also produced a Community Support Handbook pdf full of helpful advice and support.

Essex County Council are providing useful information on Community Support in Essex, including how to register for support if you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to Coronavirus.

Public Health England has translated information on COVID-19 into 40 languages, for more information visit the Public Health England website.

Getting tested

Information on who can get tested and where to get tested for COVID-19 is available on the Essex County Council - Getting tested for COVID-19 webpage.

 

Regular rapid coronavirus tests if you do not have symptoms

You can now get regular rapid tests if you do not have symptoms of COVID-19. Getting tested regularly is the only way to know if you have the virus. If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading. For further information and how to get a regular test please visit the nhs.uk website.

 

Fast COVID-19 testing centre

A fast testing centre has opened in Brentwood for those who do not have symptoms of COVID-19.

The testing centre is situated at the The Nightingale Centre, Pastoral Way, Warley, Brentwood CM14 5WF.

The tests are only for people that do not have symptoms and give results in around 30 minutes.

Tests are by appointment only. Booking can be made by calling 0333 772 6144. Lines are open from 8am to 8pm every day including Saturday and Sunday.

Anyone with symptoms should book a test via the NHS Test and Trace App or at Gov.uk - get a free NHS test

NHS COVID-19 app

The new NHS COVID-19 app has been launched to assist with ‘test and trace’.

What the app does:

  • Trace - get alerted if you've been near other app users who have tested positive for coronavirus.
  • Alert - lets you know the level of coronavirus risk in your postcode district.
  • Check-in - get alerted if you have visited a venue where you may have come into contact with coronavirus.

Additional features include an official NHS QR code scanner, which removes the need to fill in forms with your contact details, symptoms reporter tool, booking a test and receiving its results, and keeping track of your self-isolation countdown as well as advice.

The app can be downloaded from the Apple or Google Play stores and search for 'NHS COVID-19 app'.

Further information is available on the NHS COVID-19 website.

It is a legal requirement for all designated businesses and venues to log details of customers, visitors and staff for NHS Test and Trace and from Thursday 24 September they will be required to display official NHS QR code posters.

More information on the app and the requirements of businesses can be found on Gov.uk or you can read more about which venues in England should display official NHS QR code posters.

Additional information can also be found on our Brentwood Open web page.

COVID-19 Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme

The Government has introduced a Test and Trace Support Payment to support people in employment and meet the qualifying criteria. Further information is available on our COVID-19 Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme web page.

COVID-19 vaccine

Everyone aged 16 and over is being urged to arrange a jab if they have not had one as the NHS Covid Vaccination Programme, the biggest in health service history, begins the final push to protect the country. Children aged 12-15 will be offered one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as part of the schools vaccination programme.

For more information about the vaccine roll out in Essex visit NHS COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Essex

Don’t forget – those aged 16 and over need to have both doses of the vaccine. Whether you have had your vaccine or not, please continue to follow all the guidance in place to control the virus and save lives.

COVID-19 response: autumn and winter plan

The government has set out its plans for autumn and winter 2021 for England in the COVID-19 Response: Autumn and Winter Plan pdf

They include booster jabs for millions - but hold in reserve measures like vaccine passports for certain settings.

"Plan A" is designed to prevent the NHS being overwhelmed and promotes vaccines and testing.

"Plan B" is designed to be used if the NHS is coming under "unsustainable pressure", includes measures such as face masks.

Under Plan A of the autumn and winter plan, ministers will:

  • encourage the unvaccinated to be jabbed
  • offer vaccines to 12 to 15-year-olds
  • begin a booster jab programme for millions

The plan will also include continuing testing, tracing of cases and self-isolation for those who catch the virus.

Businesses will also be encouraged to consider using the NHS Covid Pass to check the vaccination or test status of customers.

Under Plan B - which ministers say would only be enacted if further measures are needed to protect the NHS:

  • the public would be urged to act more cautiously
  • mandatory vaccine passports could be used for mass events and other settings
  • face coverings could be legally mandated in some places

For further information please visit gov.uk

Community help hubs

Do you need help with shopping, a friendly phone call, picking up medicines or other urgent supplies?

Community Help Hubs are here to support you

Across the Borough...

In wards (office hours only)...


Mental health support...

  • For crisis advice and support call NHS 111, press option 2
  • Vita Minds - 01268 977171 8am-8pm Mon-Fri and 9.30am-12.30pm Saturday
  • Samaritans - call 116123
  • Age UK Advice Line - 0800 6781602
  • Citizens Advice Brentwood -Free phone 0808 2787877 9-5pm Monday to Friday and Saturday mornings
  • Thurrock and Brentwood MIND - 01277 503219, 9am-9pm Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm Fri, 9am-1pm Sat.

If you are interested in local volunteering opportunities visit www.brentwoodcvs.org.uk or call 01277 222299

How can you help 

  • Keep up to date with information and public health advice
  • Download and share the Community Support Booklet
  • Please try to pay, report or apply for services online

Register to become a NHS volunteer

Vaccine site volunteers required to help with marshalling and supporting less mobile residents around the site as well as handling out refreshments and chatting whilst they have their jab and are observed by clinical staff. Telephone Brentwood Mutual Aid on 01277 424 953 for further information.

Ideas for keeping healthy

Your data during the coronavirus crisis

We have prepared a privacy notice (pdf) to advise how we will deal with your data during the current Coronavirus crisis.