Changes to testing for international travel

From 24 October fully vaccinated passengers and most under 18s arriving in England from countries not on the red list can take a cheaper lateral flow test, on or before day 2 of their arrival into the UK. These can be booked from 22 October.

 The changes will come into effect for those returning from half-term breaks with lateral flow tests available to book through private providers listed on GOV.UK Passengers must upload a photo of their test to verify results as soon as possible, with free confirmatory NHS PCRs for any positive cases.

Please find the full press notice and further information here.

 Winter flu jab drive

  • As winter approaches, we must all be extra careful to follow safer behaviours advice to tackle COVID-19, such as keeping inside areas ventilated.
  • We must all prepare for the flu season as well. So getting a flu vaccine is very important this winter especially as having COVID-19 and flu at the same time doubles the risk of death. Those eligible for the free flu vaccine should book their appointments as soon as possible.
  • This week, Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi and Health Secretary Sajid Javid have written a joint letter to parents of secondary school and college students to talk about the importance of vaccinations and regular testing.


Keeping communities safe during winter webinar

Thursday 21st October 2021, 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm

Community leaders have played a vital role during the pandemic. As the colder months begin to set in, we will be holding a series of Keeping Communities Safe During Winter webinars on Zoom to support community and faith leaders, voluntary and community groups with their ongoing engagement and communications. The next one takes place on Thursday 21st  October 2021 at 3.00 pm and, as well as providing an overview of the most up-to-date Government guidance, it will focus on engaging young people about vaccinations. Attending the Zoom webinar will give you an opportunity to:

  1. get the latest information from government officials and hear from health officials on COVID-19 vaccine efficacy
  2. ask questions and discuss ideas for effective engagement, particularly young people
  3. inform the Government about challenges, barriers and experiences in communities

We encourage all community leaders to attend. Please forward this invitation to other leaders in your community. 

Click here to register 

There will be ample opportunity to ask questions. To submit a question in advance or if you have any questions about the webinar, contact Obaayaa Asantewaa or Pascoe Sawyers at [email protected].

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