Covid Information




Coronavirus update

As lockdown restrictions begin to ease we must remember to follow the latest guidelines.  

Remember - ‘Hands. Face. Space. Fresh Air'

  • HANDS  – wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds
  • FACE – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • SPACE  – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings)
  • Fresh Air - Meet in the fresh air
For more information on the current national guidance please visit: www.gov.uk/coronavirus

For the most recent school data regarding coronavirus cases please visit:  Cases of COVID-19 reported by Hampshire schools | Health and social care | Hampshire County Council (hants.gov.uk)

Vaccinations for people aged 12 to 15

Hampshire and Isle of Wight teams lead the way in the 12–15-year-old vaccination programme

Hampshire and the Isle of Wight teams have recently topped the national vaccination records for successfully delivering over 51,500 first dose Covid-19 vaccinations to the 12–15-year-old age group.

Teams from Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, Solent NHS Trust, GP’s and NHSP Bank Staff visited over 160 education settings over 7 weeks since the programme began at the end of September. This included up to 8 teams visiting multiple schools daily across the region. The biggest drive to vaccinate school children since the immunisation services were launched.

The partnership working between the Trusts ensured that all children who were eligible for vaccination were able to access one either at school or by visiting a mass vaccination centre, without disruption to their education.

When speaking to Ginny Taylor, Deputy Director of Operations for Children and Family Services who lead the programme for Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, she said “It was a massive, combined team effort, people from all roles and different organisations working together, just shows what can be achieved when working towards the same goal”

The teams also vaccinated children who were inpatients with CAMHS, specialist and private schools, whilst supporting those who are home educated to ensure they had access to Mass Vaccination Centres or venues local to where they live so all children were treated equally when being offered the vaccine.

With new guidance coming from Public Health England every day, the record-breaking teams are already putting plans in place to start the 2nd dose roll out to schools once they are back. These will include any young people who may have missed the 1st dose or have since turned 12, this will also include freeing up additional spaces at Vaccination Centres which can be booked via the national booking system.

Each education setting will be in contact with parents and carers soon and will be able to advise you of when the dates will be.

Parents of children with underlying health problems should seek advice from their GP.

Whilst we understand that parents and carers will be likely to be informed about the Covid-19 Vaccination, children may feel worried or afraid, please visit the our school age immunisation pages for more information. 

Vaccinations for 12 - 15 year olds

This autumn all children in England aged 12 to 15 are being offered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination.

COVID-19 is a very infectious respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Very few healthy children and young people with COVID-19 infection go on to have severe disease.

Vaccinating children should help to reduce the need for children to have time off school and to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 within schools. 

Below is a range of helpful information and resources regarding the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

If you have any questions regarding this programme please email: hsiccg.covid.vaccination.enquiries@nhs.net

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      Further public information resources about COVID-19 and the vaccination programme:

      These are also available in alternative formats including leaflets and videos translated into different languages, easy-read information leaflets, British Sign Language videos and large print information leaflets:

      Get the latest updates and advice on the vaccine programme from:

      Updated guidance from Unicef for Professionals -Women who are breastfeeding and the Covid-19 vaccine

      To continue to support health professionals to provide care for babies, their mothers and families during the ongoing pandemic, UNICEF have updated their Covid-19 resource and guidance page with new guidance on how to discuss the Covid-19 vaccine with women who are breastfeeding (see FAQ #14).

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      Family wellbeing and mental health resources

      Barnardo's have produced  a list of resources and links  to help with supporting children’s understanding with COVID-19, and suggest play experiences and activities for children. Includes a link to the free 'Nurse Dotty' book for children titled "Dave the Dog is worried about Coronavirus".

      Southern Health have produced a COVID-19  Family Wellbeing pack to support families' with children from 0-5 years and also a School Age Wellbeing Pack mental health at this time.

      Every Mind Matters have a range of tips and advice on maintaining mental wellbeing while at home.

      Mentally Healthy Schools have created a toolkit with resources, signposting and helplines to support parents with talking about Coronavirus and the impact on children's mental health.

      Mental health support is now available 24/7 via the NHS 111 helpline - dial 111 and ask to speak to a mental health nurse.

      For parent mental health support please contact your Health Visitor or GP. You can also find further information available regarding NHS Mental Health Services.

      Healthwatch provide a list of mental health support services for parents in need.

      DorPIP provide online resources specifically aimed at mental health support for dads.

      The Samaritans also provide a listening service throughout the year, as well as a self-help app.

      Please also see our Children and Young People and Adult specialist support pages for further mental health information and resources.

      Useful resources for parents during COVID-19

      Get the latest information and advice about COVID-19 from the NHS website .

      The NHS have a handy emergency treatment guide showing parents when and who to contact if your child is ill or injured during the current COVID-19 situation.

      Hampshire Constabulary detail  partner organisations who can help if you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, or telephone the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

      Aurora New Dawn is a Hampshire charity which has set up a new domestic abuse COVID-19 helpline that is available 24/7: 02394 216816.   

      The Lullaby Trust offer advice about pregnancy and caring for your baby throughout the current COVID-19 situation.

      The Institute of Health Visiting has some tips on how to cope with a crying baby during COVID-19.

      The Hampshire Health Visiting team have produced a COVID-19 guide to Infant Feeding Support .

      YSS run a ' Skills4Life ' project aimed at women aged 18 years and over, who provide free, impartial, financial training around issues such as debt, managing finances and budgeting, and CV/interview skills. Although based in West Mercia, Skills4Life are currently able to assist Hampshire families remotely via Zoom and telephone calls - read more here .

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