Latest information about coronavirus

Friday, April 30, 2021

COVID-19 is an illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Below is some simple advice about what you can do to protect yourself from coronavirus and to support your community to stay well.

Access alternative formats and translations on coronavirus advice and guidance here.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccination and how this is working in Sefton on our website here.


Latest updates

The latest national updates on coronavirus from the Public Health England & the Department of Health and Social Care can be found at: 

The latest NHS advice, including information on the COVID-19 vaccination service is available here:


National lockdown and roadmap to ease restrictions

The Prime Minister has laid out a roadmap plan to take us out of lockdown with four steps in place. Read about the full plan and the how the data will be reviewed throughout here.

In England from 19 July

England moved to Step 4 of the roadmap. Everyone should be cautious whilst managing the risks as cases of COVID-19 remain high. Find out what changed and what you should do to protect yourself and others.

More information

Find information on support and FAQs from Sefton Council here.


There are simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other

  • Wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly
  • Cover face - wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
  • Make space - stay at least 2 metres apart - or 1 metre with a face covering or other precaution
  • Fresh air - let fresh air in. We're much safer in the fresh air because COVID-19 particles are blown away, so meet outside and keep a safe distance.

Read the latest guidance for staying alert and safe and see FAQs which explain what you can and can't do.


COVID-19 vaccination programme

All adults in England can now book their COVID-19 vaccine. You can book or manage your vaccine appointment on the NHS website here.

You can find the latest information on walk-in clinics for vaccinations in Sefton here.


How the programme is working in Sefton:

We have GP led vaccination services that offer appointments at four sites – Bootle, Maghull, Ainsdale and Southport. This service is concentrating on giving first and second doses to those in priority groups 1-9:

  • People aged 50 or over
  • Care home residents and staff
  • Frontline health and social care workers
  • Clinically vulnerable people who are more at risk

Appointments are also being offered through the national booking service, to all adults aged 18 and over.

There are a number of vaccination centres across Merseyside that anyone eligible can make appointments with via the national booking service, including 10 pharmacies across Sefton based in the following areas:

  • Ainsdale
  • Bootle
  • Formby
  • Litherland
  • Seaforth
  • Southport
  • Waterloo

There is also a hospital hub at Aintree. 

If you are eligible you will be able to book your vaccination online or by phone:

If you are aged 18 or over, you no longer need to wait to be contacted in order to book your vaccination, you can book an appointment now through the national booking service.

You may receive a text from 'NHSvaccine' inviting you to book your vaccination appointments at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy. The text will be sent to the phone number your GP surgery has listed for you. You may also get a letter a few days after.

You'll need to book a second dose for 8 to 12 weeks after your first dose. There must be a minimum of 8 full weeks between first and second doses.

  • If you book online, you'll be asked to book appointments for both doses. You can manage your COVID-19 vaccination appointments to view your appointments and rebook if you need to.
  • If you have your first dose at a walk-in vaccination site, you can book your second COVID-19 vaccination appointment online. You'll need to wait 24 hours after your first dose before you can book.
  • If you have your first dose through your GP surgery, you'll be contacted when it's time to book your second dose.

For information about the COVID-19 vaccine on the NHS website, click here.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccination on our website here.

What to do if you have coronavirus symptoms

You should immediately self-isolate and stay at home if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • a high temperature (37.8C or over)
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

Contact the NHS 111 coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • you feel breathless and it's getting worse
  • your symptoms get worse and you're not sure what to do

Please visit online in the first instance. Only call 111 if you need help urgently. BSL users can use the NHS 111 video interpreter service

DO NOT go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. 

Self isolating

Click here for the guidance on self isolating. 

People at higher risk from coronavirus 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) can make anyone seriously ill. But for some people, the risk is higher.

There are 2 levels of higher risk:

  • high risk (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • moderate risk (clinically vulnerable)

You can read more about these levels and who is at higher risk on the NHS website here.


Click here for national guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test, how to get tested and the different types of test available.

For information on testing in Sefton including locations of mobile testing units in the area, please click here.

If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, new continuous cough or loss/change of taste or smell or other symptoms that may be related to COVID) you can obtain a test by visiting or calling 119. If the test is positive, you must follow the guidance including self-isolating immediately. More information on self-isolating can be found here.

Click here to see NHS test and trace explained in five South Asian languages (Gujarati, Punjabi, Sylheti, Tamil and Urdu).



The data and statistics on COVID-19 cases is compiled by Public Health England, in the COVID-19 dashboard available here. 

The MSOA (Middle Layer Super Output Area) map allows you to type in a postcode to see how many cases there are in areas of around 7,000 people.

Face coverings 

From 19 July, the requirement to wear face coverings in law was lifted. However, everyone accessing or visiting healthcare facilities must continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules. Find out more here.

The Government recommends that members of the public continue to wear face coverings in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet. Find out more face coverings and what you should do to protect yourself and others here.


Need help and support?

In Sefton if you need help for you or someone in your household, we recommend that you call Sefton Council on 0345 140 0845 or fill in their online form to ask for support. Find out more here.  

Other organisations providing support and information

There is a wide range of often independent and charitable organisations who offer advice, resources and support for you and the people you care for.

These organisations often specialise in providing tailored information for people with specific communications or information requirements relating to things like disability, ethnicity, gender or age. Click here for a list of some of these useful organisations. 

Health and wellbeing

Click here for information and resources on health and wellbeing and coronavirus. 

Alternative formats and translations

Access alternative formats and translations on coronavirus advice and guidance here.



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