Covid-19 Updates - Omicron Variant

Covid-19 Updates - Omicron Variant

Covid-19 Updates - Omicron Variant

As there is a new Covid variant of concern which has reached the UK known as the Omicron variant, RBKC have put out the following information and advice. Cases have been identified in London. As of Monday 29 November, none have been detected in Kensington and Chelsea.

From Tuesday 30 November face coverings are compulsory in shops, and other settings including banks, post offices, hairdressers and on public transport unless exempt. 

As of Monday 29 November, all staff, visitors and pupils or students in secondary school (years 7 and above) are strongly advised to wear a face covering in communal areas, unless exempt.

Other important updates to keep in mind include:

  • If you are in contact of a suspected Omicron case, you must self-isolate for 10 days, even if you are fully vaccinated and regardless of age.
  • Anyone arriving from abroad must take a day 2 PCR test and self-isolate until they receive a negative test.

Since Sunday 28 November a number of countries have been added to the red list, these are: South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, and Angola.

Where to get a PCR test if you have symptoms

You can get PCR tests if you have Covid-19 symptoms by ordering a home test kit online or by calling 119. 

RBKC also have a PCR mobile unit at Kensington Town Hall seven days a week. You must book online to attend and please bring your mobile phone with you as well.

Where to pick up a lateral flow test in K&C

If you don’t have symptoms but are going somewhere at high risk you should take a test before you go. 

You can get a lateral flow test at Kensington Town Hall or collect test kits from Kensington Town Hall and a number of other sites in the borough. You can also order online or by calling 119.

Get your Covid-19 vaccine or booster

If you have not been vaccinated, or want to get your second or booster jabs you can get vaccinated by booking online. You can also turn up at St Charles Health and Wellbeing Centre or Violet Melchett Health Centre on the days they offer vaccinations. 

There are also a number of pharmacies in the borough and a vaccine bus which is out several days a week.

Anyone aged 40 + can currently get a booster vaccination as long as it is six months since their second jab. 

The Government is currently reviewing the time you have to wait and the JCVI, the UK’s vaccine advisory body, have recommended everyone aged 18+ should be able to get boosters. 

A full breakdown of temporary measures in place can be found here.

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