Covid-19 update

Content originally from Essex County Council

Get your booster dose to protect against the Omicron variant
If you are aged 18 or over, you can now get a booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

The booster dose is vital to protect yourself against the Omicron variant. Early data shows it prevents about 75% of people from getting any Covid-19 symptoms from Omicron.

You must wait 3 months from your last vaccine to have the booster. You do not need to wait to be contacted by the NHS.
Book online Find a walk in clinic
Alternatively, you can phone 119 to book your vaccine.
Free transport if you are struggling to get to your vaccine appointment
If you live in Essex and you are struggling to get to your vaccine appointment, the Essex Wellbeing Service can organise a taxi to get you there.

This will be free of charge as long as you can show a booking reference or a screenshot confirming your appointment. 

Call the Essex Wellbeing Service on 0300 303 9988 or email to discuss the support you need. Lines are open Monday to Friday 8am to 7pm, Saturday 10am to 2pm.

Free community transport is also available in some areas of Essex. You can call these services directly.

Still unsure about the jab? Get the facts at Everything Covid Essex

If you or someone you know is feeling unsure or nervous about the vaccine, Everything Covid Essex can help you make your mind up.

Vaccine experts answer your questions, debunk myths and share things young people might want to consider with the vaccine. Young people from across Essex reveal why they chose to get jabbed and what their experiences at vaccine centres were like.

The site is created by young people for young people in Essex. All the information is checked by the NHS and Essex Public Health.

New vaccination centre to open at County Hall, Chelmsford
We are opening a new vaccination centre at County Hall, Chelmsford from Friday 17 December.

Time slots are now available to book online through EventBrite. First, second and booster doses will all be available.
Could you volunteer to help the booster programme?A group of vaccine volunteers wearing masks and standing in front of a vaccination bus
Health services across Essex are urgently seeking volunteers to help with the booster programme.

If you can spare a few hours a week, you can play your part in the huge national effort to get more people protected against Covid-19.

As a volunteer you might be answering questions, guiding people through the clinic, sanitising seats or checking people have waited long enough to receive their booster.

“It feels like one of the greatest things I have ever done,” said vaccine volunteer Hazel Linscott. “I wanted to play a part in trying to put an end to this awful time and so decided to put my name forward to help.”
Find out how to apply to become a volunteer on our website.Self-testing replaces isolation for vaccinated contacts of Covid-19 casesFully vaccinated contacts of any Covid-19 case should take a daily lateral flow test for 7 days.

1 in 3 people who have Covid-19 do not get any symptoms so daily testing will make sure the virus is not passed on to others.Collect self-test kits from pharmaciesYou can collect self-test kits from pharmacies across Essex.

These tests can be used if you are a contact of a Covid-19 case and for regular testing to make sure you haven’t got the virus.Get a pharmacy collect codeIf your self-test is positive or you develop symptoms, you should book a PCR test.

If the PCR test is positive, self-isolate for 10 days and stop taking self-tests. If the PCR test is negative, continue to take self-tests for the remainder of the 7 days.Frequently asked questions about the boosterWhy do we need a booster dose? What type of vaccine will you be given? What side effects could you have?

We answer these questions and more in our frequently asked questions about the Covid-19 booster dose.