Updated guidance on covid

Updated Government Guidance on Shielding


Recording overseas vaccinations in the National Booking Service

Eligible people can now book a face-to-face appointment via the

at a selected vaccination centre to show evidence of MHRA-approved COVID-19 vaccinations administered abroad and have them recorded in the National Immunisation Management System (NIMS). Support is also provided through 119 to signpost the service, or to make bookings on behalf of users. More information is provided when the user books an appointment.

Second dose for 12-15 year olds

As part of the national mission to get people protected against the new Omicron variant, 12-15 year-olds are now eligible for their second COVID-19 vaccinations dose, if they had their first dose more than twelve weeks ago.

Getting a fit note

Temporary change to fit notes

For Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), where employees go off sick on or after 10 December 2021, employers can only ask employees for proof of sickness (such as a fit note) after 28 days of sickness (including non-working days). Proof of sickness cannot be requested earlier than 28 days.

Fit notes do not have to be provided for DWP benefit claims until 27 January. This will not affect claims to benefit.

These changes are to give GP’s more time to work on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) booster programme.

If you are concerned about your health condition, you should continue to see your GP.

Your doctor will only give you a fit note if your health affects your fitness for work. The fit note is your property and you should keep it. Your employer can take a copy if they want one for their records.

If you are fit for work, you do not need a fit note. You also do not need one if you are off sick for 7 calendar days or less, because you can self-certify your leave for this time – see guidance on employee’s statement of sickness to claim Statutory Sick Pay.

Your doctor cannot give you a fit note for non medical problems (such as problems at home or relationship trouble at work). They may, however, be able to suggest other sources of help – some are listed in further support.


Face Coverings Exemption

There is no requirement for GPs to confirm eligibility for exemption from using face coverings.

relating to their use on public transport.

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Proof of your vaccination status will be available on the NHSapp.

The NHSapp can be downloaded from

for iPhone or
for android.  

Alternatively, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine, the letter may to take up to 5 days to reach you.



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