This year, based on the latest scientific evidence, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recommended all adults aged 65 and over, pregnant people, residents and care home staff, carers, household contacts of people who are immunosuppressed, those with underlying health conditions, and frontline health and social care staff will be eligible for a seasonal Covid-19 vaccine.

Find out more about the seasonal Covid-19 vaccine here.

Treatments for Covid-19

The NHS offers treatment to people with Covid-19 who are at the highest risk of becoming seriously ill.

If you are high risk  you can now (from 6 November 2023) collect free rapid lateral flow tests from a local pharmacy. This is replacing the online and telephone ordering services for free rapid lateral flow tests provided by GOV.UK and NHS 119.

When picking up lateral flow tests, the pharmacy may ask you questions about your medical history to confirm you’re eligible for free tests. If you have a copy of a letter or email sent to you by the NHS that says you’re eligible for COVID-19 treatments, please bring this with you. A letter or email is not essential but it will help to more easily and quickly confirm your eligibility.

Someone else can collect free tests on your behalf. If you do not have a friend, relative or carer who can do this for you then you may be able to book a volunteer responder by calling 0808 196 3646.

Anyone collecting free tests on your behalf should provide the pharmacy with your details and any relevant letters or e-mails about COVID treatments, if you have them. The required details include:

    • The medical condition(s) confirming the patient’s eligibility
    • The patient’s NHS number (if available)
    • The patient’s full name
    • The patient’s date of birth
    • The patient’s address

How to get treatment

  • If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, take a test as soon as possible, even if your symptoms are mild. Only take a test if you have symptoms.
  • If your test result is positive, call your GP surgery, NHS 111 or hospital specialist as soon as possible. They will be able to decide if you need a referral for an assessment for COVID-19 treatment.
  • If your test result is negative, but you still have symptoms of COVID-19, continue to test once a day for the next two days.

If your test is negative but you continue to have symptoms, you should take another test on each of the next two days (three tests in total over three days).



 [DE(NELI-A1]Link to above vaccination programme page

UPDATED: 02/05/2023