You probably know by now that around one in three people who have COVID-19 have no symptoms. That’s why getting tested regularly is the only way to help stop the virus spreading.

You should do a rapid test twice a week (every 3 to 4 days) to check if you have the virus. If you test positive and self-isolate, it will help protect others from becoming infected.

This is even more important considering the Delta variant now accounts for over 90 per cent of cases across the country. We know this variant spreads more easily, and there’s evidence that the risk of hospitalisation is higher than for the previously dominant Alpha variant.

If you have no symptoms:

If you have coronavirus symptoms:

On Monday (14 June), the Government announced that there will be a four-week pause at Step 3 of the roadmap out of lockdown. So Step 3 restrictions remain in place, as they have done since 17 May, and you should continue to follow the guidance on what you can and cannot do. There will be a review of the data after two weeks.

As of today (18 June) NHS England has extended the offer of a vaccine to everyone over the age of 18. Once vaccinated you are far less likely to get COVID-19 with symptoms and are even more unlikely to get serious COVID-19, to be admitted to hospital, or to die from the virus.

Two doses of the COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective against hospitalisation from the Delta variant. Please take up your first and second jab when called to do so.

If you have a question about the vaccine rollout in Swindon, this information may help.

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