SECra is here to help. If you are self-isolating and need some help please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know your name, address and phone number. A volunteer will then be able to work with you to discover the best way we can help – that may include doing grocery shopping, getting repeat prescriptions or frequent phone calls to check in and just have a chat!
Kingston Stronger Together hub can also provide support with shopping and prescription delivery. They can also provide support if people are struggling with having to isolate.
If you would like to volunteer to help, please email email@example.com letting us know you name, address and phone number and we will give you a call to discuss what you would like to help with and let you know what type of help is currently required.
We have a Protocols and Guidelines document that all volunteers are asked to follow.
Kingston Council Information and Support services can be found here: https://www.kingston.gov.uk/covid-19-kingston
Support is available for those that need to isolate: People who need to isolate and are on a low income may be eligible for a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment. Visit the Kingston Council financial support information page.
Kingston Council would like to know what you think about the Covid vaccine – to do so please take the simple survey here: https://bit.ly/KingstonVaccineSurvey
Testing is available for people without symptoms: People across Kingston who cannot work from home and are showing no symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus) are being offered access to new regular, rapid testing to check whether they unknowingly have the virus. Please note this includes staff and volunteers.
Testing for people with symptoms: Everyone with symptoms of COVID-19 is now eligible to be tested. Symptoms include a high temperature, a new continuous cough or fever or a loss or a change in your sense of smell or taste. If you get any of these symptoms, you should book a test as soon as possible and you and your household should follow NHS guidelines on self-isolation. Testing can be carried out at home or at a local test site.
If you are in a household or bubble with a school pupil or staff member you can now access regular rapid coronavirus tests. See available community test sites here: https://www.kingston.gov.uk/rapid-testing or you can collect home kits from a local test site in Milner Road, Cocks Crescent ot Hawker Centre – or order home kits online here: https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests
IMPORTANT: There are no charges for coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, treatment and vaccination, including overseas visitors to England or anyone living in the UK without permission
You will not be charged for:
- testing for COVID-19 (even if the test shows they do not have COVID-19)
- treatment for COVID-19, including for a related problem called multisystem inflammatory syndrome that affects some children
- vaccination against COVID-19
No immigration checks are needed for overseas visitors if they are only tested, treated or vaccinated for COVID-19.
You can book your vaccination on the NHS site here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/ if you fall into any of the following groups:
- anyone aged 30 or over, or you will turn 30 before 1 July 2021
- people who are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
- people who are at moderate risk from coronavirus (clinically vulnerable)
- people who live or work in care homes
- health and social care workers
- those on the NHS shielded patient list
- you are the main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus
- people on their GPs Learning Disability Register
If you are in receipt of, or eligible for Carer’s Allowance, you will receive a letter inviting you for a vaccination.
If you are not eligible yet
Wait to be contacted. The NHS or your GP will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.