Important information about coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last updated Monday 8 November 2021

The NHS in Bradford district and Craven and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The latest information about COVID-19 is available on the NHS website at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus (opens in a new window).

COVID-19 vaccines

The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against COVID-19. The NHS is currently offering COVID-19 vaccinations to everyone aged 12 or over. Most children aged 12 to 15 are currently only being offered a 1st dose but some may be offered 2 doses of the vaccine if they are at high risk of COVID-19. People aged 18 or over should have their 2nd dose from 8 weeks after their 1st dose. Most people aged 16 or 17 should have their 2nd dose from 12 weeks after their 1st dose. Find out more about who can get a COVID-19 vaccine on the nhs.uk website (opens in a new window).

COVID-19 booster vaccine dose

A COVID-19 booster vaccine dose helps improve the protection you have from your first 2 doses of the vaccine. It helps give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19. Booster vaccine doses are available for people who have had a 2nd dose of a vaccine at least 6 months ago.

Walk-in vaccination clinics

Local walk-in COVID-19 vaccination sites are offering COVID-19 vaccinations – 1st, 2nd & booster doses – during the day, evening and at weekends. No appointment is needed.

Symptoms of COVID-19

The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:
  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms. You can find information about COVID-19 symptoms in children on the nhs.uk website (opens in a new window).

What to do if you have symptoms

If you have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, even if they’re mild:

  1. Get a PCR test (test that is sent to a lab) to check if you have COVID-19 as soon as possible. Find out how to get a test to check if you have coronavirus on the nhs.uk website (opens in a new window)
  2. Stay at home and do not have visitors (self-isolate) until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test. Find out how to check if people you live with need to self-isolate on the nhs.uk website (opens in a new window)

You can order a PCR test kit to be sent to your home or book an appointment at a walk-in or drive-through test site. You can also call 119 for assistance.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service (opens in a new window) if:

  • you’re worried about your symptoms
  • you’re not sure what to do

Only call NHS 111 if you cannot get help online. Do not go to places like a GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy.

Regular tests if you do not have symptoms

Anyone can now get regular rapid lateral flow tests without having symptoms. About 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others. You should do a rapid test twice a week (every 3 to 4 days) to check if you have the virus. If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading. Even if you’re vaccinated, there’s still a chance you can pass COVID-19 on, so you should keep getting tested regularly.

Self-isolation

You can find advice about staying at home (self-isolation) and treatment for you and anyone you live with on the nhs.uk website (opens in a new window).

Recovery after COVID-19

If you or someone you know is recovering from COVID-19 you may still be coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both your body and mind. These changes should get better over time, some may take longer than others, but there are things you can do to help. The Your COVID Recovery website (opens in a new window) helps you to understand what has happened and what you might expect as part of your recovery as well as providing information to give you, your family and friends reassurance and support.

What to do if you need medical help

If you need medical help for any reason, the NHS and other health, care and support services are still here to help.

You can find out more about when to get in touch with your GP practice and how services are working at the moment on the news page of our website.

For information about other services, visit the NHS UK website (opens in a new window).

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