Real weekly Covid-19 Bulletin

Priority Covid-19 Information (28th May)

Key points


  1. Surge testing continues until this Sunday: Following the discovery of a small number of the South African, Brazilian and Indian variants 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. There is a particular focus to test people in the Barkantine area of the Isle of Dogs.
    • If you have no symptoms, there are a number of collection points across the Borough to pick up a test. Find your closest one here.
    • If you have symptoms, please do not go to these collection points. You can order your test online here.

For more information about the options to get tested, click here.


  1. Door-to-door testing: The Council are now carrying out some door-to-door testing in a few places across Tower Hamlets, including Stepney Green, Bethnal Green, St Dunstan’s and Shadwell​​.
    • The Council have employed a company called PFS to help them carry this out, who will knock on each household’s door and explain why they’re there .
    • They will ask each person to take a PCR Covid test and once complete they will take the test back to the lab and results will be available in less than 2 days.​
    • If positive, you and anyone else living at home will need to self-isolate for 10 days.


  1. Over 30s can now book a vaccine: The national booking service is now offering vaccinations to people over the age of 30 at the Mass Vaccination centres like Westfield. You can now get the Covid-19 vaccine if:
    • you’re aged 30 or over.
    • you’ll turn 30 before 1 July 2021.

You can book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy now, or wait to be invited to go to a local NHS service.


  1. Local update in Tower Hamlets:
    • 113,363 residents have now been vaccinated with their first dose.
    • 46,759 residents ​have had their second dose administered.


  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.