COVID-19 Updates

  • What are the main symptoms of the coronavirus (COVID-19)?

    The main symptoms are:

    • a high temperature or shivering (chills) – a high temperature 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
    • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
    • shortness of breath
    • feeling tired or exhausted
    • an aching body
    • a headache
    • a sore throat
    • a blocked or runny nose
    • loss of appetite
    • diarrhoea
    • feeling sick or being sick

    This list does not include all possible symptoms, as we are still learning about COVID-19. 

  • What are the side effects of the vaccine?

    It’s common to experience some mild-to-moderate side effects when receiving vaccinations. This is because your immune system is instructing your body to react in certain ways: it increases blood flow so more immune cells can circulate, and it raises your body temperature in order to kill the virus.


    Typical side effects include pain at the injection site, fever, feeling tired, headache, muscle pain, chills, general aches, and diarrhea. The chances of any of these side effects occurring after vaccination differ according to the specific vaccine.


    Individuals should alert their local health providers following vaccination if they experience any unexpected side effects or other health events – such as side effects lasting more than three days. Less common side effects reported for some COVID-19 vaccines have included severe allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis; however, this reaction is extremely rare.


    You can rest and take the normal dose of paracetamol (follow the advice in the packaging) to help you feel better. Although feeling feverish is not uncommon for 2 to 3 days, a high temperature is unusual and may indicate you have COVID-19 or another infection.


    If your symptoms seem to get worse or if you are concerned, call NHS 111.

  • Where can I get the vaccine?

    • Click here to find walk-in vaccination centers; 
    • For pharmacies offering the covid vaccine in your area, follow this link
  • How many doses are required?

    The 1st dose should give you some protection from 3 or 4 weeks after you've had it. But you need 2 doses for stronger and longer-lasting protection.

    Most people also need a booster dose to help improve the protection from the first 2 doses of the vaccine.

  • Where can I get a COVID-19 test?

    Free covid testing has ended in England as of April 2022. If you still want to get tested and you're not eligible for a free NHS test, you must pay for a COVID-19 test yourself.

    You can buy a COVID-19 test from some pharmacies and retailers, in person or online.


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