Covid 19 Test - Public Can Now Get Tested Free Twice A Week

From Friday 9 April, everyone in England will be eligible for free rapid COVID-19 tests, twice a week. These can be sourced in various ways including locally in Wokingham test centres.
man swabbing mouth for covid test

Why get a test

It is important for identifying cases of Covid-19 that we would otherwise not find, as one in three people who are infected with the virus won’t have any symptoms, meaning they’ll spread it to others without realising.

Getting into the habit of regular testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to keep each other safe.

How to get a test

As well as existing school and workplace testing, people will be able to obtain a test through a local Wokingham test centre, home ordering service and at some pharmacies.

You should only use the local test centres, home delivery and pharmacy service if:

  • you do not have coronavirus symptoms
  • you live in England
  • you’re 18 or older
  • you have not been told to self-isolate
  • you cannot get tests from your work, school, college or university (ask them for rapid lateral flow tests)
  • Wokingham council has set up three test centres. You can find out how to get a local test, and frequently asked questions here
  • For home delivery tests and pharmacy locations visit the Government website here

How to do a test

The NHS has provided details about how you do a lateral flow test here

The following video demonstrates how to do a test


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