Following extensive trials, we have safe and effective vaccines for COVID-19 now available. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect people from coronavirus and will save thousands of lives.
The COVID-19 vaccination programme is the biggest in NHS history.
The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus. The vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and pharmacies, at local vaccination centres run by GPs and at larger vaccination centres.
Do not leave home if you, or someone you live with, has any of the following:
a high temperature
a new, continuous cough
a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste
If you or someone you live with has any of these symptoms, no matter how mild, it’s important to visit the NHS website to find out what you need to do, including getting tested. You can book a test online at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.
If you are in need of additional support during the coronavirus outbreak i.e. you are clinically vulnerable and you don’t have someone who can support you with things like getting food and medicines then HIVE Portsmouth can help. Call them on 023 9261 6709 (lines are open 9am-5pm Monday – Friday) or visit hiveportsmouth.org.uk for more information.
Many factors can influence our physical and psychological wellbeing. There are many options available to help you keep healthy and happy if you find that you’re struggling with your mental health at the moment.
Positive Minds is a service for anyone who is experiencing low mood, anxiety or a feeling of hopelessness. You can call 023 9282 7495 to get help from a trained Wellbeing Advisor, Monday to Thursday 9.30am to 4.30pm and Friday 9.30am to 4pm, or visit the Positive Minds website to find out more about the service.
Solent Mind – experienced advisers can offer support to those feeling anxious or low as well as practical guidance on keeping mentally well during isolation, visit the Solent Mind website. For out of hours support call, you can call 023 8017 9049 (Monday to Friday, 8-9am and 5-8pm, Saturday to Sunday, 9am-5pm).
Using the NHS COVID-19 app helps stop the spread of the virus. It tells you if you’ve been in close contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus later (even if you don’t know each other). The app is free and easy to use, and can help you protect your loved ones and others.