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Update on COVID guidance

Published: 20 August 2021

COVID vaccine young people

Vaccinations opening to young people and changes to self-isolation

12 to 15 year olds

GPs are inviting at-risk children aged between 12 and 15 years old, who are clinically vulnerable to COVID or live with adults who are at increased risk of serious illness from the virus, with 30,000 children in this age group already protected.

More information here JCVI statement on COVID-19 vaccination of children and young people aged 12 to 17 years: 4 August 2021 - GOV.UK (

The Government are still working out the roll-out mechanism of the COVID vaccine to the wider population of 12 to 15 year olds and we'll provide updated information when this has been confirmed.

16 to 17 year olds

Surrey Heartlands will be inviting those aged 16+ to have their first dose COVID Vaccine in the coming weeks as per Government guidance - All young people aged 16 and 17 in England to be offered vaccine by next week - GOV.UK ( Texts will be sent initially with details on how to book an appointment.

Anyone in this age group can now find their nearest centre through the 'grab a jab' NHS online walk-in finder web page, with more sites becoming available every day.

The NHS are looking to vaccinate these group as quickly as possible ahead of their return to school.

Changes to self-isolation guidance

From 16 August, if you are fully vaccinated or aged under 18 years and 6 months you will not be required to self-isolate if you are a contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test result should stay at home and self-isolate immediately. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should arrange to have a PCR test as soon as possible. This still applies even if you have received one or more doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

Visit our Things you need to know if you're self-isolating Surrey Matters article for more information or the GOV.UK self-isolation web page for guidance.

Keep keeping safe - testing and vaccinations

We're still all in this together, so let's make sure we all play our part and keep testing to stop any spread of COVID. Symptom free testing is available to everyone over the age of 16 in Surrey. For more information, visit our Coronavirus testing web page.

Make sure you not only have your first dose COVID vaccination but that you book the second dose too. More information on COVID vaccinations in Surrey can be found here Surrey Heartlands Vaccination Programme web page

COVID is still very much present in our communities and we must remain cautious and vigilant to stop the virus spreading.

  • Minimise travel and where possible, avoid travel at the busiest times and routes
  • Remember hands-face-space-fresh air

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