Over three quarters of a million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been given to people in Dorset since the programme started in December.
If you are aged 34 or over, or you’ll turn 34 before 1 July 2021, you can now book your COVID-19 vaccine appointments.
It’s really important to get your second dose of the vaccine as this offers you more protection against the virus. The government recently announced that some second vaccination appointments for more at-risk groups would be brought forward from 12 weeks to 8 weeks after the first dose. If you are in one of these groups and your appointment needs to be changed, the NHS will contact you and tell you what you need to do.
Changes to community testing sites
Since 9 April all adults in England have been able to access free lateral flow device (LFD) tests for those who have no symptoms of COVID-19, known as being asymptomatic.
The introduction of home testing and greater accessibility to testing has resulted in fewer people testing on-site.
We have therefore made some changes to the provision in the Dorset Council area which still makes free asymptomatic LFD testing widely available.
Find out the changes to locations and operating times of Dorset Council’s community testing sites.
It is really important that if anyone shows symptoms of COVID-19: a high temperature, a new persistent cough or a change or loss of sense of taste or smell that they and their household self-isolates immediately and book a PCR test via the national portal www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or calling 119. Everyone must self-isolate until a test result is received.