For the latest Coronavirus updates and information including advice and support for residents and businesses visit www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus

To find out how to get a Coronavirus test visit www.stockton.gov.uk/testing

Latest rules and advice for residents

On this page you can find out what we can all do to stay safe and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 across Stockton-on-Tees.

 

What are the rules?

The Plan B rules have been lifted but there are still things that we can all do to help protect each other.

You can read the latest Government guidance on the Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread page on the GOV.UK website. 

For information on what to do if you think you have Coronavirus go to the NHS website

The charity SignHealth provides Coronavirus information in British Sign Language (BSL) and the Royal National Institute of Blind People provide updates for blind and partially sighted residents.

There is also a range of advice in easy read format from the charity Mencap.

 

Vaccination

Everyone aged 12 and over can get a first and second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

A booster dose is available for everyone aged 16 and over, and some children aged 12 to 15, who have had two doses of the vaccine at least three months ago.

If you are over 16 you can find out how to get a vaccination on the NHS website or you can visit a walk-in vaccination clinic. There is one at Wellington Square, 1pm to 5.30pm, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The NHS Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group has published a list of walk-in clinics on its website.

Children can either have their vaccination at school or by booking an appointment using the NHS booking system.

There are a number of information leaflets and guides available with further information and advice:

The following guides are available for pregnant or breastfeeding women:

Vaccine information is also available in additional languages on the BBC website:

 

Download the NHS COVID Pass

The NHS COVID pass allows you to demonstrate that you are at a lower risk of carrying COVID-19 and transmitting it to others, by showing your test result or vaccination status. 

The NHS COVID Pass is available in the NHS app, on the NHS website, or as a letter requested by calling NHS 119.

 

Use the NHS COVID-19 Contact Tracing App

The NHS COVID-19 app is available to download and is the fastest way to see if you're at risk from coronavirus.

The app has a number of tools, including contact tracing, information on restrictions and venue check-in.

 

If you are concerned about a possible outbreak

Two or more cases of COVID-19 may be considered as an outbreak. An outbreak could happen at a workplace, a school or nursery or any other place such as a gym or shop. The local public health outbreak response team can provide advice about who needs to self- isolate and how long for, help identify close contacts and further measures to manage and control an outbreak. You can contact the team by completing the online form.

You can also contact the team to:

      • Report cases of COVID-19 within the Stockton-on-Tees area.
      • Provide an update on a previously reported Coronavirus concern.
      • Report a business not following COVID rules.
      • Request advice regarding COVID-19.

 

Support

A guide on Coping Strategies for Anxious Times is available including in a range of languages.

50 humanitarian organisations have produced a children's storybook to help children aged 6-11 cope with coronavirus, available online and as an audiobook in 24 languages 

Samaritans – If you’re worried about your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak you can visit the Samaritans website for help and support. 

Barnardo's - Are offering a free telephone helpline and web chat facility for children, young people and their families from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities with staff available to talk in English, Urdu or Hindi. Visit Barnardo's website for further details.

Cruse Bereavement Care - Freephone National Helpline is staffed by trained bereavement volunteers who offer emotional support to anyone affected by bereavement during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can call Cruse on 0808 808 1677 - lines are open Monday-Friday 9.30am-5pm (excluding bank holidays), with extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings when they’re open until 8pm. Email [email protected] or visit the Cruse Bereavement Care website for further information.

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