Some 44 million people (80% of the adult population) have now had a first Coronavirus dose and 32 million have had a second. Currently around 190,000 first doses are being administered each day but numbers are rising as younger age groups have become eligible for vaccination. Some160,000 second doses are being given on a daily basis.
All adults aged 18 and over yet to have made an appointment can now book their first dose by calling the NHS on 119 or on line on the NHS website here.
Pulborough Medical Group have just announced they have Pfizer vaccines for adults over 18 who can phone 01798-872815 to book an appointment.
The government are planning to vaccinate all over 18s with a first dose and two-thirds of adults with a second dose by 19th July, the date to which Step 4 on the Roadmap to end lockdown has been deferred. Sajid Javid, in his first statement to the House of Commons since becoming Health Secretary, said he was very confident the July 19th reopening from Covid restrictions would happen as planned.
In the meantime, of course, we are still bound by the restrictions under Step 3 and just in case you need a reminder, the latest government guidance on what we can and cannot do – until 19th July at least – can be found here.
Foreign travel update
Measures have been announced under which, with effect from Wednesday 30th June, Malta, the Balearic Islands and several UK overseas territories and Caribbean islands (including Barbados) will be added to the government’s green list (whereby you do not have to quarantine if a Covid 19 test taken on or before day 2 after you arrive back in England is negative).
However, all additions to the green list apart from Malta will also be placed upon the “green watchlist” signalling that these countries are at risk of moving from green to amber.
In addition, there is also the possibility that any country you visit may well require travellers from the UK to enter quarantine upon arrival in the light of concerns surrounding the Indian variant – so not quite the sunshine break you had envisaged. However, if you are considering foreign travel, the update produced by the government covering the changes can be found here.
For further guidance on travelling abroad, including the latest information on coronavirus, safety and security, entry requirements and travel warnings for 226 countries or territories, you may care to consult the government’s foreign travel advice website here.
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