June 19, 2021

Covid – 19 testing: free to everyone and a checklist for what to do

Free coronavirus testing for everyone who does not have symptoms

Everyone in Somerset will be able to access free, regular, rapid coronavirus testing from Friday 9 April as part of a new Government initiative in England.

Information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/get-a-test-for-coronavirus-covid-19-if-you-do-not-have-symptoms 

Rapid testing detects cases quickly, meaning positive cases can isolate immediately. We are all encouraged to take regular tests (twice a week) to help identify and manage local outbreaks.

Regular testing is for people without symptoms and is available in the ways set out below:

  • Go to a ‘rapid lateral flow test site and get a test on the spot 

    If you go to a test site:

    • you may need an appointment, so check before you go
    • a trained helper might be able to help you do the test
    • you’ll get a text or email with the result when it’s ready

    Find your nearest rapid lateral flow test site

  • Get a test to do at home

    You can collect up to 2 packs of 7 tests from a local pharmacy or test site:

    You can get a pack of 7 tests sent to your home. Order rapid lateral flow home test kits on GOV.UK

    If you do tests at home, you’ll need to report your results online or on the phone.

  • School, college and nursery testing

    If you attend or work at a school, college or nursery you can get rapid tests through your school, college or nursery.

    If you are in a childcare or support bubble with someone who attends or works at a school, college or nursery, you can get a rapid test at a rapid lateral flow test site or order tests to do at home.

    You’re advised to do a test twice a week.

    Primary school-age children and younger do not need to test.

  • Employee and university testing

    Some employers and universities offer rapid tests. Ask your employer or university if they provide rapid tests.

REMEMBER: If you have Covid 19 symptoms do NOT go to a test site, GP surgery or pharmacy. You should order a test for people with symptoms at https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119. If you cannot get help online, or you are not sure  what to do or are worried about symptoms  use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service

The NHS quick guide to Covid-19 Testing sets out what to do in different situations: go to

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