Covid -19 Guidance



Useful Links


For the latest information on Covid-19 from Wokingham Borough Council, please visit their dedicated pages on the WBC website


For the latest NHS advice, please visit the NHS website


For the latest government advice, please visit the .Gov website


The Covid-19 dashboard has the latest figures for England on cases, hospitalisations and deaths. They also have analysis on cases in Lower Earley North, cases in Lower Earley South and cases in Earley.


The Office for National Statistics latest in depth data analysis.



Latest guidance


Covid-19 Vaccinations 


The vaccination programme offers the following vaccines until 30 June 2023:


  • 1st and 2nd doses for people aged 5 (by 31 August 2022) or over

  • The spring booster 2023

If you have not had a 1st or 2nd dose yet, you should get them as soon as possible.


The following groups are eligible for the spring booster 2023:


  • people aged 75 and over (by 30 June 2023)

  • residents in a care home for older adults

  • those aged 5 and over with a weakened immune system

Where to get the vaccine


Eligible people can book in for a Covid-19 vaccine through the NHS app, the NHS website or by calling 119 – you can choose among the locations that offer a vaccine that is suitable for you.


You can also use a walk-in vaccination centre where bookings are not required.


Care home vaccinations of the spring booster 2023 started on 3 February.




Full details can be found on the NHS website.




Who can get a free NHS Covid-19 rapid lateral flow test


NHS COVID-19 rapid lateral flow tests are no longer free for most people.


You may still be able to get free COVID-19 rapid lateral flow tests from the NHS if:


  • you have a health condition which means you’re eligible for COVID-19 treatment

  • you’re going into hospital

  • you work in healthcare or adult social care

If you want to get tested but are not eligible for free NHS rapid lateral flow tests, you need to pay for the test yourself. You can buy rapid lateral flow tests from some pharmacies and retailers, in person or online.


For further information, please visit the NHS website


Beware of scams


We are aware that some people are receiving suspicious calls, phishing emails and text messages about Covid-19. The vaccine is only available through the NHS and it is free of charge – at no point will you be asked to pay.


The NHS will never:


  • ask you for your bank account or card details  

  • ask you for your PIN or banking password

  • arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine or testing

  • ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to [email protected]. Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726 which is free of charge.


If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting the Action Fraud website