Keep following the guidance
Given the successful rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine programme, the shielding programme has now ended. If you were previously identified as clinically extremely vulnerable, you are advised to continue to follow the guidance and stay safe.
Vaccinations are now available to anyone aged 18 or above.
If you have not been offered a vaccination please contact your GP as you should have been on the priority list.
If it’s possible for you to work from home, you should do so. If this is not possible then you should return to your place of work. As part of step 4 in the roadmap, employers can start to plan a return to workplaces.
Accessing the NHS
If you are worried about accessing health care, we assure you that the NHS is doing everything possible to keep you safe. It’s important that you go to any appointments you have booked in.
It remains essential that people with no symptoms continue to test regularly with rapid lateral flow devices.
If you test positive, you need to book a PCR test to confirm that you have the virus, you will need to isolate if you have tested positive.
If your child is of secondary school age, they will be required to undertake Coronavirus tests twice a week at home, even though they don’t have symptoms.
Testing kits are also available at various locations across Oldham:
Parents and carers are also able to get testing kits and are advised to carry out regular testing as well.
Mental health support
We understand that this past year has affected the mental health and wellbeing of many Oldham residents, especially those who are shielding.
It is normal during these uncertain and unusual times to feel anxious or low, but help is available.
TOG Mind are here to support any worries you may have around low mood, anxiety, or if you are feeling overwhelmed.
- Phone - 0161 330 9223 or visit
- TOG Mind website
Age UK will still be offering support and reassurance, so if you need a friendly chat call them Monday to Friday 9am–4pm
- Phone Age Uk - 0161 633 0213
Every Mind Matters website is also really useful:
- Mind Matters - NHS website
If you’re unsure about anything or need help and support to address any concerns you have, local support and advice is also available via our helpline.
Our trained advisors will be able to help you between Monday to Friday 9am–5pm, with the exception of bank holidays.
Urdu, Punjabi and Bangla translations are available 11am–2pm.
- Phone 0161 770 7007
If you cannot or prefer not to speak to the Helpline team over the phone, Breakthrough UK has set up a text service.
Texts will be responded to where possible within 24 hours, Monday to Friday.
- Text 07860 022876.
Keeping up to date
As we have seen throughout recent months, advice can change at short notice.
We want to make sure that we can share the latest advice and support with you as things change.