Useful links during Covid-19 pandemic

Posted on: Tuesday 12 January 2021

Originally published March 2020

The following list of useful links have been compiled by the team at Retina UK to provide information and support for our community.

The list is updated regularly. However, in this rapidly changing environment, we cannot guarantee that the links will provide the most up-to-date information. All links will open in a new tab.

The Vaccines

The Retina UK Medical Advisory Board (MAB) have commented on concerns which have been raised by our community about potential adverse effects of the vaccine on inherited retinal dystrophies (IRD). They have confirmed the that there is absolutely no contraindication to the vaccines with respect to IRD. If someone is severely allergic and carries an epipen then Pfizer may not be so suitable. The vaccines do not contain live virus so are safe for people on immunosuppressives etc.

Ordering home testing kits

The Government has announced that it is making it is introducing three new measures to make it easier for people to order home testing kits. These measures are:

  • Home test kits can now be ordered over the phone by calling 119 as well as via the internet
  • NHS Test and Trace partnership with Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to improve home testing service for people with visual impairments
  • New video-call support service with specially trained NHS Test and Trace staff will assist people with vision impairments to test at home

Isolate safely

Maintain access to food and medication

Protect mental health

Continue communication and social connection


Inclusion in these lists does not consititute a recommendation by Retina UK.