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

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.

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, most legal restrictions on meeting outdoors were lifted although gatherings of over 30 people remain illegal. Indoors, the Rule of Six or two households applies. New guidance on meeting friends and family was introduced emphasising personal responsibility rather than government rules.  Pubs, restaurants, bars and cafes can open indoors. Indoor entertainment venues like cinemas, theatres, museums etc can open as will the rest of the accommodation sector. Indoor team sports will resume.  Reduced crowds will be allowed in indoor and outdoor venues for large performances and sporting events. There are also changes to funeral attendance and travel. See here for further details on what you can and cannot do.

On 14 June. the Prime Minister announced a 4-week delay to Step 4. After 2 weeks, the government will review the data to see if the risks have reduced. It’s expected that England will move to Step 4 on 19 July.

Step 3 restrictions remain in place – follow the guidance on what you can and cannot do.

The Delta COVID-19 variant (first discovered in India) is spreading in England. See where it’s spreading fastest and find out what you should do.

Step 4 – The government hopes to be able to remove all legal limits on social contact. They hope to reopen remaining premises including nightclubs, and to ease restrictions on large performances and sporting events in indoor and outdoor venues as well as those for weddings and other life events.

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 17 May 2021.