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Get Boosted Now
The COVID-19 booster helps to give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from the virus. If you had your second dose of COVID-19 vaccine over three months ago and are eligible to get your booster, it's important that you get the jab to protect yourself and those around you. 

Find out who is currently eligible for the booster jab on the NHS website here.
How to get your booster

There are several ways for people in Sefton to get their COVID-19 booster vaccine:

Book an appointment using the National Booking Service
Use the National Booking Service to book a COVID-19 booster vaccine at your nearest available site. You can find out more about who is currently eligible for which dose of vaccine and book an appointment here.

Book an appointment at a GP-led vaccination site
If you are a resident living in Southport and Formby, you can contact Southport Centre for Health and Wellbeing Centre by calling 01704 395830 to book an appointment for a vaccine if eligible.

If you are a resident living in south Sefton, you can contact Seaforth Village Surgery by calling 07979938229, or Netherton Health Centre on 0151 247 6413, to book an appointment for a vaccine if eligible.

Find walk-in clinics for COVID-19 vaccines
You can search for walk-in sites, and find out who is currently eligible to get a booster vaccine at a walk-in centre, on the NHS website here.

More information
You can find out more about the booster vaccine on our frequently asked questions page here. 
Get tested for COVID-19

It's important to test regularly for COVID-19 and follow the current self-isolation guidance to keep our families, friends and communities safe. 

The two main tests for COVID-19 are:

  • PCR tests – mainly for people with symptoms, they're sent to a lab to be checked
  • rapid lateral flow tests – only for people who do not have symptoms, they give a quick result using a device similar to a pregnancy test
PCR tests 

PCR tests, if you do have coronavirus symptoms, can be booked at local test sites, or a home test kit can be requested if you cannot get to a test site.

Find more information, including dates and locations for Mobile Testing Units throughout January in Sefton, on the Sefton Council website here.

Rapid lateral flow tests

Free rapid lateral tests are for when you do not have symptoms. Rapid test kits can be ordered online from the government website or collected from various locations in Sefton, subject to availability. You can find out more about this on the Sefton Council website here. 

Self isolating
You can find current guidance on when you need to self-isolate on the NHS website.

COVID-19 vaccine and pregnancy

Whether you’re pregnant, think you might be, or you are trying for a baby, we encourage you to take up the offer of a vaccine and get protected against COVID-19.

Vaccination is the best way to protect against the known risks of COVID-19 in pregnancy for both mother and baby, including admission to intensive care and premature birth. Vaccination is considered safe at any time before, during, or after pregnancy and while breastfeeding, and is recommended by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Royal College of Midwives.

How to book your COVID-19 vaccine
You can book yourself an appointment through the National Booking Service, or you can attend a walk-in session at a vaccination centre without an appointment if you prefer.  
More information and advice
Advice for all women of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding is here. Read frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and pregnancy here.
Five million vaccine milestone reached in Cheshire and Merseyside – including one million boosters

More than five million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have now been delivered across Cheshire and Merseyside – with over a million of those being boosters to protect people against the fast-spreading Omicron variant.

The increase has come in the response to the Omicron variant and the aim to offer every adult in the country a booster. The push is supported by NHS staff, volunteers, the military and local firefighters and comes as the nation is invited to “Have a Jabby New Year” and come forward for the vaccine.

Read more here.
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Make steps towards a healthier you this new year 

After all the indulgence of the festive season, together with Sefton Council we're encouraging you to get the new year off to the right start by taking better control of your health.

We're reminding you about the number of great resources available to you if you are looking to make positive changes to your lifestyle. This includes local service Living Well Sefton, which offers individual and group support around a broad range of issues from eating better and being more active, to managing debt. All Sefton residents are eligible and can self-refer via the website or by calling 0300 323 0181. 

There is also free support available to reduce your drinking with the free Lower My Drinking app and website, which is free to download for anyone living or working in Sefton. You can access free advice and scientifically proven tools to reduce your drinking to the recommended limit of 14 units a week or less. 

Another good change to make this new year is to give up smoking. Sefton Council’s Smokefree Sefton service provides advice, support and therapy to help people break the habit. You can also find tips and guidance about drinking less and a range of lifestyle advice on the Better Health website

Read more here.
Help us to help you this new year

People are being asked play their part in supporting local NHS staff as they enter their busiest time of the year.

Dr Kate Clark, who is executive medical director at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust, said the fast spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant was creating extra pressure across the NHS.

She said: “Winter is always a challenging time for our hospitals and this year is no exception. Our staff are working hard to maintain emergency care and urgent cancer treatments as well as routine and planned care.

As we start the new year, we need patients and their families to help us to help you. We need your support helping us maintain our hospital services and getting us all safely through the winter.”

This includes:

  • Supporting the return home of patients who have completed their treatment and are ready to leave hospital. This will ensure there are beds available to support the anticipated surge in COVID-19 patients in the new year
  • Consulting the NHS111 website first when you have an urgent health need. It will point you to the most appropriate health care service, which may include A&E
  • Getting vaccinated – this remains our strongest defence against COVID-19 and the impact of flu
Get ‘winter ready’ with new checklist

Staying well this winter is important for your health and for older loved ones and neighbours. Our handy winter health checklist will help you stay healthy and informed, with signposting to various support services and advice - from how to look after common ailments yourself at home, to staying warm, to looking after your mental health and wellbeing.

Find information and support on our website here.

New Better Health campaign encourages adults to lose weight, eat more healthily and get active

The Department of Health and Social Care has launched the latest instalment of the Better Health campaign to encourage adults across the nation to lose any excess weight, eat more healthily and get active as we begin the new year.
The new campaign highlights six benefits that could have a lasting impact on a person’s health by being a healthier weight and offers free evidence-based support and guidance to those working towards a healthier weight.
Find free tips and tools to lose weight, eat better or get active on the Better Health website.

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