Statistics released on Monday 5 July show the number of cases across Surrey is on the rise in the past seven days. While Mole Valley shows a reduction in cases this reporting period, the figures are still far higher than they have been previously. The greater the number of outbreaks, the more disruption to people's lives, work and education.
Vaccines Protect Us All
You are much less likely to be seriously ill with COVID-19, hospitalised or die if you have been vaccinated. The vaccine reduces chances of being admitted to hospital by 85%. Two doses of the vaccine are needed for maximum protection for you and those around you.
Getting vaccinated will help us by reducing the spread of the virus and protecting friends and family. Even if you are younger, you can still get seriously ill from COVID, including 'Long Covid'. You may be mixing with more friends and family this summer so make sure you take the time to get vaccinated.
Pop-up and Walk-in Sites
Specific vaccination services in Surrey Heartlands are being offered on a walk-in and pop-up basis, without needing to book an appointment in advance. Anyone aged 18 or over can get their jab at these locations.
For more information, visit Surrey Heartland's website. Updates about when pop-up clinics become available will be posted on this webpage, so it is best to check the website regularly.
If possible, please bring personal identification (including proof of age) a face covering and, if you have it, your NHS number (it is not required, but it does help to speed up the process if you bring it with you.)
Please do not attend if you do not meet the criteria listed next to each venue
Vaccination sites that are open on specific days (as and when supply of vaccines allows) are also listed on this same webpage too. You will be offered appointments at sites that are open at the time of booking your appointment.
Types of Testing
Regular testing for people of all ages is really important in the fight against spreading COVID, even if you are not displaying any symptoms. One in three people who have COVID are asymptomatic.
All adults in Surrey are encouraged to take a test two times a week. You do not need to isolate whilst waiting for the results of the symptom-free test and will only need to do so if you are notified that you have tested positive.
The following links provide more information on the symptom-free rapid flow testing programmes available in Surrey
• Booking an on-site symptom-free rapid lateral flow test for anyone over the age of 16
• Collection and delivery of home rapid lateral flow tests
• Other national testing programmes including educational staff, care homes and businesses
If you have symptoms it is really important that you get a PCR test as soon as you develop any of the three main symptoms: a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; and a loss, or change to, your sense of smell or taste.
More information on when, how, and where to get and book a PCR test - and receive the results - is available here.
Getting Your Second Dose
If you are intending to attend a walk-in centre and are having a second dose, it must be for the same type of vaccine as your first. Also, please only attend if your first dose was given at least eight weeks ago if you are over 40 (or 12 weeks if you are 40 or under). This is to ensure priority groups have the strongest possible protection from the Delta variant of the virus at the earliest opportunity possible.
Having Needle Phobia
It is not uncommon for people to have needle phobia (a fear of needles) and this can prove a barrier to getting a vaccination. There are a number of simple exercises that can help overcome these feelings. More information is available
Frequently Asked Questions
NHS Surrey Heartlands CCG has compiled a comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions section on their website. If you have any questions about coronavirus or the vaccine rollout, this is a good place to start.
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