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10:30am - 22 December

States to no longer offer pre-travel PCR tests

The States of Guernsey will no longer offer pre-travel PCR tests, however anyone who has already booked a test will still be able to have it.

Read the media release. 


5:30pm - 21 December

Opening times for Coronavirus Services over the festive period

Our dedicated coronavirus clinical and non-clinical helpline will be available over the holidays with the exception of some bank holidays, and with some reduced opening hours to give the teams a rest, but their inboxes will be monitored.

Full Christmas opening times are available here: https://covid19.gov.gg/support/helplines 

We will be carrying out COVID tests and returning results every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years day. If you are awaiting a result over this period please be aware it may take slightly longer than usual.

The Community Vaccination Centre (CVC) will be open every day, with the exception of Christmas Day. The CVC will operate reduced hours on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve (closes at 2.30pm) and Boxing Day and New Year’s Day (12.30pm-5pm). We will continue to promote walk-in clinics via social media.

If you develop any symptoms or have had a positive LFT result please stay at home, and register for a PCR test online at: https://www.gov.gg/requestpcr or call the clinical helpline. If you feel very unwell and need help, the 999 emergency number is of course open 24/7 every day of the year.

LFTs remain available for collection from the Guernsey Information Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays (9am-3pm) and Saturdays (10-2pm), excluding bank holidays. LFTs can also be collected on Wednesday 29th December between 9am-3pm as an additional day during the Christmas period.


2:15pm - 20 December

Almost 9,000 people receive booster or primary vaccine in last week

 

Almost 9,000 people received booster or primary vaccine doses last week, as islanders embraced efforts to accelerate the booster programme.

Read the media release. 


11:00am - 20 December

Guernsey Local Resilience Forum meets in preparation for Omicron wave

As part of wider preparations for a rise in COVID-19 cases over the coming weeks, with the arrival of the Omicron variant, a meeting of the Guernsey Local Resilience Forum was held last week.

Read the media release.


3:30pm - 17 December

Guernsey UNICEF VaccinAid Campaign – ‘Give the World a Christmas Gift’

The Overseas Aid & Development Commission has announced that it will match fund the donations from the public to the Guernsey UNICEF VaccinAid appeal. For every £1 donated by 31st December, 2021, the Commission will also donate £1, up to the value of £50,000. To date just under £40,000 has been raised thanks to the generosity of Islanders so this means a further £40,000 has already been pledged by the Commission.

Islanders who wish to support the campaign can make their donations and register their events at www.vaccinaid.org/guernsey

Read the media release.


12:35pm - 17 December

Islanders aged 30+ can receive booster tomorrow at CVC and three GP practices

Walk-in clinics will be held tomorrow (Saturday) at the Community Vaccination Centre and three GP practices for anyone aged 30+ who wants to receive their Covid-19 booster.

This will be the first-time islanders have had the opportunity to attend a GP practice for the vaccine and is part of a new joint initiative between Primary Care and the States of Guernsey to support efforts to accelerate the booster programme.

If attending one of the GP practice clinics, islanders must attend at the practice where they are registered as each only has the data for their own patients to be able to vaccinate them.

Read the media release


10:00am - 17 December

Islanders are reminded to follow pre-operative advice before elective surgery

Following the announcement yesterday in respect of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, the Medical Specialist Group (MSG) and Health & Social Care (HSC) would like to remind patients who are booked for elective surgery to follow the pre-operative advice sent to them by MSG.

Read the media release.


4:45pm - 16 December

ESC won’t make hasty decisions around the return of students to education in January

The Committee for Education, Sport & Culture will closely monitor developments during the Christmas period, particularly around the Omicron variant, before making any decisions linked to the return of students to education settings in January. However, it is important for all involved in the delivery of education to understand that the focus will be on minimising any disruption as the community must collectively continue living responsibly with Covid-19, which now includes the new variant.

The Committee, in response to the latest letter from the NASUWT, said we must find a way to manage the implications of an expected increase in cases as a result of Omicron in such a way that allows education to continue.

It will not make hasty decisions at this stage without evidence that will be gathered during the Christmas period.

Read the media release.


4:15pm - 16 December

Islanders with COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, are reminded to arrange a PCR test

Islanders who have symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, are reminded that they should isolate and arrange for a PCR test to be taken at the drive-through testing facility at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital.

Islanders who have symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, are reminded that they should isolate and arrange for a PCR test to be taken at the drive-through testing facility at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital.

Read the media release.


1:15pm - 16 December

Update on restrictions for travellers from the UK entering France

Today the French government is announcing changes to its restrictions on travellers from the UK entering France. This to slow the spread of Omicron. These changes will come into force from 00:00 on Saturday 18 December 2021. Details of the changes can be found here: http://uk.ambafrance.org/COVID-19-rules-for-travel...

This will apply to travellers from the Bailiwick.