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Free rapid twice-weekly Covid-19 testing now available

Published: 13/07/2021

Kent’s Director for Public Health, Andrew Scott-Clark, has urged everyone in the county to get a symptom free test twice a week. This week national Government has also announced new clinical guidance that advises everyone in England should now access free, regular, rapid, twice-weekly COVID-19 testing from 9th April.

Booking is easy, there is plenty of availability and the centres help people to access a test quickly so that anyone unknowingly spreading the virus can be identified.

“Twice-weekly testing is a vital part of Kent’s route out of lockdown. The rapid tests give us an accurate picture of virus rates in communities and will play a huge part in helping us to continue to drive down the number of infections and therefore save lives”, said Andrew Scott-Clark.

“We cannot be complacent. People are still being infected with COVID-19 and if everyone who is eligible is tested regularly then it will help us continue to minimise the spread of the virus.”

If you are experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms – high temperature, a new or continuous cough, a loss or change in taste or smell – you should NOT visit a symptom free testing site and continue to self-isolate.

You can book a test easily online or by calling 119. Free lateral flow tests are now available to collect from pharmacies or you can order test packs to be delivered to your home.