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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Following the Government’s plan for living with COVID-19, routine testing for the public will end on 31 March 2022. See our testing page to see when all of the test sites will be scheduled for closure.

The government has published its plan for living with COVID-19. This plan includes no longer needing to self-isolate if you have COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone who has it. You also no longer need to take daily tests as a contact of someone with COVID-19. Instead it is advised to:

  • get vaccinated
  • let in fresh air when indoors with others
  • consider wearing a mask when you’re in crowded or enclosed spaces
  • stay at home if you’re feeling unwell and take a PCR test if you have COVID-19 symptoms
  • wash your hands regularly

Vaccination information

The best way to do this is to get vaccinated. Having both doses of the vaccine will mean you are less likely to need hospital treatment if you do catch Covid-19. You can book a free vaccination online through the NHS website or walk-in without an appointment at one of many vaccination centres in Barking and Dagenham.

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to anyone aged 16 or over.

For more information visit our vaccinations page.

The Register Office, Woodlands House

Whilst the law has changed and restrictions have been lifted, all visitors will be asked to have their temperature taken and to sanitise their hands on entering the building. If you have symptoms of a cold, please wear a mask, as we have new born babies in the building and this is for the protection of both staff and visitors and we thank you for your co-operation.

Sign language videos with information about coronavirus are available on our sight and hearing loss page.

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Information and advice

For further government advice and information on coronavirus, please visit the GOV.UK website.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do

Visit the NHS for information about the virus and advice on what to do.

Coronavirus information and latest advice

Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

If you have any concerns, please call NHS 111.

Easy Read

Coronavirus guidance designed by the NHS for customers who have learning difficulties:

Easy Read coronavirus overview (PDF, 2MB)

COVID-19 Situation Report

Weekly situation report containing the latest updates and Director of Public Health recommendations.

COVID-19 Situation Report Summary 3 August 2022 (PDF, 866KB)

Local Outbreak Control Plan for COVID-19

Local authorities are required to develop outbreak control plans that set out local response to COVID-19 outbreaks in different settings, including community clusters.

The plan, developed for London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, is set within the framework for joint working between Public Health England’s London Coronavirus Response Centre (LCRC) and the Director of Public Health and his team. It identifies The Director of Public Health as the single point of contact for the council and sets out the roles of LCRC and the council in different settings (schools, care homes, places of worship, hostels, workplaces). Due to technical issues, the hyperlinks will be uploaded on to the plan shortly.

The plan was presented at the 28 July 2020 Health and Wellbeing Board. Our plan will be continually developing and evolving based on learning and new guidance.

Local Outbreak Control Plan for COVID-19 (PDF, 724KB)
Updated July 2021.

COVID-19 Secure risk assessments for council services

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