Real weekly Covid-19 Bulletin

Priority Covid-19 Information (21st May)


  1. Surge testing extended to everyone in Tower Hamlets: Following the discovery of a small number of the South African & Brazilian in the Borough, the Council are asking everyone over the age of 11 who lives, works or learns in Tower Hamlets to take a free PCR Covid-19 test. Please get tested even if:
      • you’ve had a recent negative test result
      • you’ve had a recent Lateral Flow Test
      • you don’t have any Covid-19 symptoms
For more information about the options to get tested, click here


  1. Over 34s can now book a vaccine: This week it was announced that anyone aged 34 and over can now get their Covid-19 vaccine. If you’re eligible, please get vaccinated to protect yourself and others. In Tower Hamlets they run vaccine clinics at:
      • the Art Pavilion in Mile End Park
      • Cable Street Surgery
      • pop up clinics at Granby Hall and the East London Mosque.
To book appointments at any of these sites, call their vaccine helpline on 020 7364 3030. You can also book through the national booking site.


  1. Local update in Tower Hamlets:
      • 105,500 residents have now been vaccinated with their first dose.
      • 38,230 residents ​have had their second dose administered.


  1. Restrictions changed this week: On Monday, we saw the lifting of more restrictions across England.
      • Six people or two households can meet indoors, with overnight stays allowed. People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors.
      • Leisure and entertainment facilities have reopened, including pubs, restaurants, cinemas, museums, and theatres.
For more information about what else you can do from this date, check out BBC Newround, or this easy read guide.



  1. Social distancing remains: Although restrictions have been eased, remember that Covid-19 is still here and infectious.
      • People should make personal decisions on close contact with their family and friends based on what they feel comfortable with. You should be cautious about hugging others, especially if you are not vaccinated.
      • Social distancing remains in place in retail, hospitality, business, and medical settings. You still need to wear a face covering on public transport and in shops, unless you are exempt.