COVID-19 News
By Lauren Amphlett

COVID-19 App no longer in use

The NHS COVID-19 app, which alerted close contacts of a positive case and provides the latest health advice about the virus, closed on 27 April 2023.

Over the past year, the success of the vaccination programme, increased access to treatments and high immunity in the population has enabled the government to target its COVID-19 services, meaning the app is no longer needed. The knowledge, technology and lessons learnt from the app will be used to help inform planning and response to future pandemic threats.

It is important that people continue to follow the latest guidance to protect themselves and others:

This includes reporting NHS lateral flow test results on GOV.UK. Those eligible for COVID-19 treatment must report their result so the NHS can contact them about treatment.

COVID-19 vaccination spring programme
The 2023 spring coronavirus (COVID-19) booster programme is now underway. A spring booster dose is being offered to:

  • adults aged 75 years and over
  • residents in a care home for older adults
  • individuals aged 5 years and over who are immunosuppressed

Those eligible can book their vaccination on the National Booking Service or NHS App.

The last date for the public to book spring boosters will be 30 June 2023.
The offer of a first and second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will also come to an end for many people on 30 June. After this date, the NHS offer will become more targeted to those at increased risk, usually during seasonal campaigns.