COVID-19 Information

Up-to-date information

For local information and support in Waltham Forest, check the London Borough of Waltham Forest website

For North East London information see the North East London Care Partnership website 

For London-wide information, check the Mayor of London’s website.

For NHS information and advice, check the NHS website.

For the latest national information on COVID-19 (Coronavirus), check the Government website

Four-step roadmap out of lockdown

On 22 February, the Government announced a four-step roadmap to take England out of lockdown.  For more detailed information please see the Government website here.

Step 1  was introduced in two stages on 8 and 29 March. Step 2 was implemented on 12 April.  Step 3 was implemented on 17 May.

Step 4 was implemented on 19 July. 

Most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 have been lifted. This means that:

  • You do not need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with. There are also no limits on the number of people you can meet.
  • However, in order to minimise risk at a time of high prevalence, you should limit the close contact you have with those you do not usually live with, and increase close contact gradually. This includes minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.
  • You should meet outdoors where possible and let fresh air into homes or other enclosed spaces.
  • The Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can. However, the Government expects and recommends a gradual return over the summer.
  • The requirement to wear face coverings in law has been lifted. However, the Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.
  • There are no longer limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and other life events (including receptions and celebrations). There is no requirement for table service at life events, or restrictions on singing or dancing. You should follow guidance for weddings and funerals to reduce risk and protect yourself and others.
  • There are no longer restrictions on group sizes for attending communal worship. COVID-19 has not gone away, so it’s important to remember the actions you can take to keep yourself and others safe. Everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious.

While cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious. This is why the Government are keeping in place key protections.  

  • testing when you have symptoms and targeted asymptomatic testing in education, high risk workplaces and to help people manage their personal risk.
  • isolating when positive or when contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
  • border quarantine: for all arriving from red list countries and for those people not fully vaccinated arriving from amber list countries.
  • cautious guidance for individuals, businesses and the vulnerable whilst prevalence is high including:
    • whilst Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can, Government would expect and recommend a gradual return over the summer
    • Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport;
    • being outside or letting fresh air in
    • minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.
    • encouraging and supporting businesses and large events to use the NHS COVID Pass in high risk settings. The Government will work with organisations where people are likely to be in close proximity to others outside their household to encourage the use of this. If sufficient measures are not taken to limit infection, the Government will consider mandating certification in certain venues at a later date.

Please see here for further details.

Testing and Vaccination

Information on North East London vaccination programme see here.

Having your second vaccination

If you booked on the NHS national booking system; then you should already have your second dose appointment.

If you walked into a large scale site (Chingford Leisure Centre, Westfield Stratford or ExCel Centre) then you can book your second dose online on the NHS national booking system.

If you went to a primary care site e.g St Edmunds Hall, Chingford Mount,  your GP may book you in when you have your first dose or you may be asked to wait and be contacted. You should be contacted to book your second dose at around 10 or 11 weeks after your first dose.

If you don’t hear anything about booking your second dose by the end of week 11 contact the centre where you had your first dose or your GP for advice, or call 0208 496 3000. The second dose should be given at the same place as the first, except for those who were vaccinated at Forest Road or the Orient Practice – as the clinics have now been moved to Walthamstow Library.

Information on testing centres in the borough is available here.

COVID-19 Vaccination information

COVID-19 Vaccination – A guide for older adults

The above leaflet has been translated into: 

Albanian  – Vaksinimi COVID-19 Një udhëzues për të rriturit

Arabic – تطعيم كوفيد-19 دليل للبالغين الكبر سنا

Bengali –কোভিড-19 এর টকাদান  পরপবয়সদের জন্ গাইড
Gujarati-  COVID-19 રસીકરણ પુખ્ત વયનાં લોકો માટેની માર્દર્શકા 
Hindi – कोविड-19 टीकाकरण वयस्को केलिए मार्दर्शका
Punjabi – ਕੋਵਿਡ-19 ਟੀਕਾਕਰਣ ਬਜ਼ੁਰਗਾਂ,ਈ ਇੱਕ ਗਾਈਡ
Polish – Szczepienie przeciwko COVID-19 Przewodnik dla seniorów
Romanian – Vaccinarea împotriva COVID-19 Un ghid de îndrumare pentru persoanele adulte mai în vârstă
Spanish – Vacunación contra la COVID-19 Guía para personas mayores
Tagalog – Pagpapabakuna laban sa COVID-19 Isang gabay para sa mga mas matatanda
Turkish – COVID-19 aşısı İleri yaştaki yetişkinler için rehber

COVID-19 Guide for healthcare workers
COVID-19 Guide for social care workers
COVID-19 What to expect leaflet
COVID-19 Why do I have to wait leaflet
COVID-19 Guide for Pregnant Women (this file contains leaflets in other languages)

Barts NHS Health Trust staff have shared video messages in 19 different languages including Punjabi, Yoruba, Turkish, Somali and Urdu to encourage everyone to have the COVID-19 vaccine,  See here.

Other information

Waltham Forest Stay Safe Champions

Stay Safe Champions are helping to keep Waltham Forest safe during the pandemic. Stay Safe Champions are residents across Waltham Forest who are passionate about making sure residents can access and understand coronavirus guidelines.For further details see the Council website here.

Misinformation around COVID-19 vaccine and fertility

See here for response by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal College of Midwives to misinformation around COVID-19 vaccine and fertility.

Let’s keep our children safe

With the pandemic impacting our everyday lives, the East London Health and Care Partnership want to make sure that parents and young people are aware that they are still here to support them. During the national lockdown they are still here to care for babies, children and young people. The lockdown allows you to leave home to get medical care or treatment and they have created safe environments for you to access the care you need when you need it. If your child needs ongoing care, gets unwell and you don’t know what to do or you need urgent and emergency care please don’t hesitate to contact them. Call your GP or call 111 to get advice on what to do next. This leaflet sets out the signs to watch for and explains what care you need in different circumstances. 

There is also a range of information to help you cope during the pandemic including information about different services available to you, resources for families and young people to support your mental health and help you cope with bereavement. Please visit our website as a first step to getting the support you need. This is a tough time for everyone and we want families and young people to stay safe, stay healthy and stay happy. They are here for you when you need them.

Guidance in other languages

The GLA have also supported Doctors of the World in producing translated Wellbeing Guidance, which Londoners might find especially useful now that we are in lockdown. These resources and others are available on their Translated COVID hub

Doctors of the World have translated guidance into these different languages: Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Czech, Dari, English, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Hungarian, Kurdish Sorani, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Romanian, Sindhi, Slovak, Spanish, Somali, Tigrinya, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese. For more information, please click here

Healthwatch information

Healthwatch Waltham Forest report

We have published a report called ‘How has Coronavirus affected you?   The report can be accessed here  in the 2020-21 tab. We sought to capture the patient voice on health and care services during the pandemic. This report is based on patient experience and service user voice captured, using a survey, during the period of 1st March through to 31st July 2020.

Healthwatch Waltham Forest

We are here to provide information, signposting and guidance during this time. Please do not hesitate to contact us and we will endeavour to support you with any and all enquiries.

We are running monthly sessions (last Wednesday of the month) via our Zoom video conference service. These sessions will be an opportunity for residents to ask questions and share experiences of health and care services during the COvid-10 pandemic..  They will be taking place: 

Last Wednesday of every month from 2PM to 3PM as follows:

  • Wednesday 28 April
  • Wednesday 26 May 
  • Wednesday 30 June
  • Wednesday 28 July
  • Wednesday 25 August
  • Wednesday 29 September
  • Wednesday 27 October

To join the meeting  click on this link

Please e-mail for more information.

To download Zoom, please click here. To see ‘A Users Guide to Zoom, please click here.


This page was updated on 19 July 2021.