Our health and care colleagues in Leeds are working hard to provide up to date information and guidance in line with changing Covid developments. This page aims to collate key local information from the NHS and Leeds City Council. For the latest government guidelines please visit: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

This page was last updated: 17 January 2022

If you have a loved one who lives in a care home, speak to the care home manager about becoming an ‘essential care giver’.

An essential care giver is someone who:

  • Helps the person feel happier and well.
  • Provides companionship and support (you don’t have to provide hands on care).
  • Can visit as often as you wish.
  • Would be supported with Infection Prevention and Control (e.g. hand hygiene and using personal protective equipment).
  • Must have the same regular Covid testing as staff.
  • Can continue visiting during Covid outbreaks providing you or your loved one are not Covid positive.

The plan for people over the age of 18 to book in for a vaccine booster was brought forward one month and the vaccine programme in Leeds are now working to increase capacity to meet the 31 Dec deadline.

Earlier this year colleagues from across the health and care sector in Leeds came together to help out GP Practices and Primary Care Networks with administrative support, data entry and marshalling.

Are you able to offer any support from within your teams to support the vaccine programme? Even if it is only for one session, your support would be of great benefit to our vaccine programme colleagues and ultimately to our citizens.

If you are able to volunteer please contact [email protected] who will put you in touch with those you will be able to support.

Health and care staff (including third sector) in Leeds are now able to book their booster jabs at an additional location:

The Mount Annexe Building, 44 Hyde Terrace, Woodhouse, Leeds LS2 9LN. The Mount is open 8.30am – 3.30pm Monday-Friday.

To book your booster vaccination use this online booking portal or call 0113 855 88 66.

Please note the online booking form currently states you need to wait six-months for your booster following your second dose, this is in the process of being updated to reflect updated guidance of a three-month gap, so please disregard the stated timescale.

Please be aware that bookings made for this location are for health and care staff only and not for members of the public. Bookings for these groups should continue via the national booking system.

We want to start by acknowledging the hard work you have continued to carry out throughout the pandemic and recognise that people are incredibly tired. By working together we hope to support our citizens to stay well and your contributions to this is much appreciated. Many thanks for everything you do.

Working together as #TeamLeeds

Key messages

Messages are evolving at pace in line with government announcements and increased demand for services. The NHS Leeds communications channels have the most up to date information. These are links to NHS Leeds social media channels with the latest info: Twitter Facebook 

Please help to share the key messages below on your own social media channels and by displaying posters in community buildings. 

Getting fully vaccinated is the best way of protecting you and others against COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccine information – NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group (leedsccg.nhs.uk)

A vaccine summary has been developed for people to find out which vaccinations they are eligible to access which you can find here.

Advice for people at higher risk from Covid-19 has been developed which you can find here.

Lateral flow tests are free to obtain and easy to use. Research shows the tests detect COVID-19 effectively, including the Omicron variant. So if you plan to meet others in an enclosed space please take a test first. Order here.

Our NHS colleagues have produced a poster to help people choose the right health service at the right time. This is available here. This is also available in the following languages: ArabicPolishPunjabiRomanian, and Urdu.

There are also a number of social media graphics available to download here.

We recommend practical measures to follow where possible such as;

  • Take the vaccination when you are eligible, this remains the primary line of defence
  • Wear a mask when indoors in enclosed spaces, and especially where it is mandatory on transport and in shops
  • Ventilate when indoors where possible
  • Take a lateral flow test in advance of mixing indoors and undertake risk assessments for large gatherings
  • Isolate and get a test if you have symptoms
  • Follow NHS guidance for isolating in relation to international travel
  • Continue to wash hands and sanitise surfaces
  • Risk assessments should continue to be carried out. Risks should be mitigated where possible and other options (eg virtual, postponement, reduced numbers) could be considered where risks cannot be mitigated.