- The Government has updated advice for getting back to school safely.
This includes taking rapid response LFT tests, new guidance on self-isolation rules for children, the removal of class ‘bubbles’ and guidance on face coverings. Full details can be found on the Government’s website.
The Isle of Wight Council website also has updated information for the start of term.
If you’re aged 16 and over you can get vaccinated. Book via the NHS UK website or by calling 119.
Walk-in appointments for first and second doses for all ages are available in September. Availability is updated on this website.
Please encourage friends, family and colleagues to get vaccinated.
Keep taking tests when you don’t have symptoms
If you don’t have COVID-19 symptoms, regular twice weekly testing with a rapid response Lateral Flow Test (LFT) is vital. Tests are free. Supervised tests can be taken in pharmacies. You can also collect home test kits from pharmacies.
Please take a rapid response test before going to an event, a crowded place, such as public transport and nightclubs, or when travelling to and from the Island.
If you have symptoms you must self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test.
If you are double-vaccinated or under the age of 18, you are not required to self-isolate if you are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. Instead you are advised to take a PCR test.
If you’re worried about money because you’ve been asked to self-isolate, or you need to look after a child who is self-isolating, financial support is available via the Isle of Wight Council website.
Self-isolation can be very difficult especially if you have financial, work, family or mental health worries. Help is available via the Isle of Wight COVID-19 helpline on 01983 823600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
There are still many simple things we can all do to help stop the virus spreading:
- Meet outdoors where possible and let fresh air into homes or other enclosed spaces.
- Wear a face covering in crowded or enclosed spaces such as public transport.
- Keep washing hands regularly.
- Get 2 doses of the vaccine. You can make appointments or go to a walk-in clinic.
- Keep taking regular rapid response LFT tests.
- Self-isolate and take a PCR test when you get symptoms.
- Self-isolate when asked to do so by NHS Test and Trace.
- Be kind and respectful of other people’s decisions.
COVID case and vaccination data
Weekly data is published on Isle of Wight Council’s Facebook page on a Tuesday.
Here is the data published on Tuesday 31 August 2021.
It is government advice that we should not travel to amber or red list countries, even if other countries make changes to their entry requirements.
You can read about the traffic light system for international travel.
Easy to share social media
Please share these social media messages on your own Facebook pages:
Support if you’re self-isolating:
Keep taking tests if you don’t have symptoms:
Thank you for all you do to #KeepTheIslandSafe