Real weekly Covid-19 Bulletin

Priority Covid-19 Information (26th August)
Key points


  1. Local update in Tower Hamlets:
    • 204,092 residents have now been vaccinated with their first dose.
    • 157,471 residents ​have had their second dose administered.


  1. Be alert to scams: Unfortunately, scammers continue to take advantage during the pandemic. Recently scam emails and texts have been sent to people that appear to come from the NHS and invite them to register for their Covid-19 Pass, which shows an individual’s vaccination status. The emails and texts look convincing but are not real. Instead of explaining how someone can access their Covid-19 Pass for free – through the NHS App, by calling 119, or on the NHS website – they ask for payment for a Covid-19 pass:
    • The official NHS App is free to download and allows a person to download their Covid-19 Pass, which is required for travel abroad and may need to be shown to access some venues and events.
    • The NHS will never ask for bank details to access the app, or to get a Covid-19 Pass.
    • Covid-19 passes can also be requested online.


  1. Covid-19 weekly incidence rate is starting to decrease:The rate of people testing positive for Covid-19 in Tower Hamlets is starting to show a decreasing trend, which is good news. The bad news is that the rate is still higher than both London and England. The best ways to protect yourself are:

Book your vaccine here, and make sure you follow Covid-19 safety guidelines.


  1. 16 and 17 years olds eligible for vaccine:16 and 17 year-olds have now been invited to come forward for their vaccine, meaning everyone aged 16 and over can grab a jab. There are lots of places those aged 16 and over can get a vaccine locally in Tower Hamlets, along with NHS run sites which includes Westfield Shopping Centre. Appointments can be booked or people can use the walk-in centres offered by some clinics.


  1. Free leisure centre pass for 16-30 year olds who get a Covid-19 vaccineBetter, a leisure provider in Tower Hamlets, is offering anyone between the age of 16 and 30 who has a Covid-19 vaccine, a £10 voucher to be used against any membership at a Better-operated leisure facility and a three-day free pass to any of its leisure centres or gyms. To find out more about which leisure centres are participating, and how to take up the offer, visit their website.


  1. Changes to self-isolation guidance: From Monday 16 August, people who have been fully vaccinated (defined as two weeks after their final dose) within the UK, or aged under 18 years will no longer be asked to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive Covid-19 case. Individuals will instead be advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible. More information on these changes is available here.