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Up To You: Stay safe from Covid-19 this winter

We all have a part to play in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Since the start of the pandemic, all of us in Staffordshire have been doing our bit.

Now we are learning to live with COVID-19 and it’s up to you to take action to protect yourself and those around you.

Let’s get back to doing what we enjoy, as safely as we can.


It’s Up To You to get vaccinated

Coronavirus is a serious health risk. Vaccines are our main defence against the virus.

If you’ve got concerns about having the vaccine, that’s understandable. Perhaps you’re worried about side effects, long-term safety, or have questions about fertility.

There is a lot of information going round, not all of it is accurate. Read our myth-busting factsheet or visit the NHS website

Make an informed choice.

Looking for where to get a vaccine?

First, second and booster doses of the vaccine are available at walk-in clinics across Staffordshire without the need to book an appointment.

Details on walk-in clinics are regularly updated on the Together We're Better website

You can also book and manage your appointment on the NHS vaccination booking webpage.


It's Up To You to get tested.

It is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated.

By choosing to take lateral flow tests (LFTs) regularly, you will be helping to prevent spreading the virus unknowingly. We know that 1 in 3 people who have the virus don’t show symptoms, so even if you don’t think you have it, it’s important to keep testing, especially if you’re out and about.

If you think you might have coronavirus, you must isolate and get a PCR test as soon as possible, either at a test centre or delivered to your home.

Visit the NHS website to:

GOV Guidance

The virus spreads quickly and easily. No situation is risk-free but there are actions we can take to protect ourselves and those around us. We can help to minimise the spread by following the rules and guidance.

Remember – hands, face, space, fresh air


Our hands are incredibly busy throughout the day. From opening doors to picking up shopping, our hands touch a lot of surfaces and pick up many types of germs.

Although the coronavirus is not likely to survive for long on surfaces that are outdoors in the sunlight, it can live on indoor surfaces for longer.

This means that we could easily pick it up and spread it from surface to surface. We then infect ourselves, our family, and friends by touching a surface and then touching our faces or eating food with unclean hands.

What you can do to stop the spread:

Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and especially:

  • Before eating or touching food
  • After using the toilet, changing nappies or sanitary products
  • After sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose
  • Before wearing a mask and after removing it
  • Before and after visiting a shop

If soap and water is not available, you can use hand sanitiser instead.


Face coverings will be compulsory in shops and on public transport from 30 November.

Coronavirus can spread through small droplets in the air that we make when we talk, breathe, laugh, cough or sneeze. If you’re indoors, these droplets stay in the air for at least five minutes and even longer if there is no ventilation.

Larger droplets can land on surfaces and other people. These can then be touched and spread with our hands.

Face coverings that are properly fitted and worn correctly can help stop the spread of the virus by blocking the larger droplets so that they can’t be released into the air.

What you can do to stop the spread:

Wear a face covering in compulsory settings such as shops and on public transport.

Visit the Government’s website for more information on face coverings and exemptions


Putting space between you and other people means that you are less likely to catch or give them the virus by touch, or through the droplets in the air when you breathe or talk.

It’s simple - keeping two metres away from people who are not in your household or bubble, you protect yourself and them.

What you can do to stop the spread:

Stay two metres away from people who are not in your household or bubble.

Fresh air

The virus can easily be passed on by airborne droplets and aerosols.

In a poorly ventilated space, the amount of virus in the air can build up, increasing the risk of spreading or catching COVID-19. It can stay there after an infected person has left.

Bringing fresh air into a room helps air circulate and removes the older air that contains virus particles.

What you can do to stop the spread:

Choosing to meet outdoors is the best way to minimise the risk of this happening, but this isn’t always possible. If you’re indoors you can reduce the risk of catching or spreading the virus be letting in fresh air. You can do this by opening doors and windows, uncovering vents, or leaving an extractor fan running longer than you usually would.

Please ventilate safely – do not prop fire doors open.

There is guidance for the public on how to ventilate indoor spaces to stop the spread of COVID-19, including if someone is self isolating. This includes advice on how to claim financial support, and practical help on heating your home.

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