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Changes to self-isolation guidance
From Monday 16 August, people who have been fully vaccinated (defined as two weeks after their final dose) within the UK, or aged under 18 years will no longer be asked to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. Individuals will instead be advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible.
As double-jabbed people identified as close contacts are still at risk of being infected, people are advised to consider other precautions such as wearing a face-covering in enclosed spaces and limit contact with other people, especially with anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable.
Anyone who tests positive following the PCR test will still be legally required to self-isolate, irrespective of their vaccination status or age in order to break onward chains of transmission.
Anyone who develops COVID-19 symptoms should self-isolate and get a PCR test, and remain in isolation until the result comes back.
COVID-19 vaccine offered to 16 and 17-year-olds
All 16 and 17-year-olds in the UK will start being offered a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer-BioNTech jab will be the only vaccine offered to this age group. 16 and 17-year-olds will be contacted by their GP or the national team about getting the vaccine and can also attend walk-in appointments at local vaccination sites – John Scott Health Centre, Bocking Street Vaccination Centre and St Leonards Hospital Vaccination Centre.
Facts – Good to Know
Does the vaccine affect fertility?
No. There is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 vaccines effect fertility.
Although pregnant women were not included in the first round of trials a number became pregnant unexpectedly. These pregnancies occurred equally across the vaccinated and non-vaccinated groups, which suggests that the vaccine did not prevent pregnancy. Those who became pregnant have been followed closely and are having normal pregnancies.
I am not pregnant, but I would like to have children later. Should I get the vaccine?
Yes. There is no evidence that the vaccine will reduce your chances of getting pregnant after receiving it and the UK government recommends that women who are trying to get pregnant should receive the vaccine if they are otherwise eligible. For people in your position, there is no reason not to get the vaccine if you are offered it.
I am pregnant. Should I get the vaccine if I am offered it?
Yes. There are risks associated with catching COVID-19 while pregnant, particularly in the second half of pregnancy.
I have already had one dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine prior to, or earlier in my pregnancy. I am now due my second dose. What should I do?
If you have received the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, and subsequently become pregnant, you should be given the opportunity to discuss with your obstetrician, midwife or GP, your decision on whether to have your second dose.
In Hackney, there are a number of vaccination sites:
- John Scott Health Centre, Green Lanes, Hackney N4 2NU
- Bocking Street Vaccination Centre, Hackney Central E8 3RU
- Clockwork Pharmacy, 398-400 Mare Street, Hackney E8 1HP
- Bees Pharmacy, 199-201 Rushmore Road, Clapton, Hackney E5 0HD
- Silverfields Chemist, 141 Homerton High Street, E9 6AS
- Haggerston Pharmacy, 201 Haggerston Road, E8 4HU
- Day Lewis Pharmacy – Stoke Newington, Stoke Newington Road, N16 8AD
Guidance & Restrictions
Help keep Hackney safe: keep wearing your mask and protect others next week
Hackney Council is calling on residents to continue wearing masks in busy places and follow sensible public health advice once Government coronavirus restrictions are lifted on Monday – as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise sharply in the borough.