Regular rapid lateral flow coronavirus (COVID-19) tests

ou can get regular rapid lateral flow tests if you do not have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Why you should get tested regularly

About 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others.

You should do a rapid test twice a week (every 3 to 4 days) to check if you have the virus. If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.

Even if you’re vaccinated, there’s still a chance you can pass COVID-19 on, so you should keep getting tested regularly.
About rapid tests

Rapid tests give a quick result using a device similar to a pregnancy test.

This involves rubbing a long cotton bud (swab) over your tonsils (or where they would have been) and inside your nose, or inside your nose only.

Research shows rapid tests are 99.9% accurate. This means the chance of getting a false-positive result (where the result shows as positive but is actually negative) is extremely low.

If you test positive, you must self-isolate. Check if people you live with need to self-isolate
Who can get regular rapid tests

Anyone who does not have symptoms can get regular rapid lateral flow tests to check for COVID-19.
Information:

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you need a different test called a PCR test. Get a PCR test if you have symptoms of COVID-19 on GOV.UK
How to get regular rapid tests
Order tests to do at home

You can get rapid lateral flow test kits sent to your home.
Order rapid lateral flow home test kits on GOV.UK
Pick up tests from a pharmacy

You can get up to 2 packs of 7 rapid tests from a local pharmacy.

If you give the pharmacy a ‘collect code’ when you pick up the tests, it helps the NHS match your details to the tests. Get a collect code on GOV.UK
Find a pharmacy near you where you can collect rapid tests
Pick up tests from test sites

Some test sites have stopped providing home test kits for collection. But you’ll still be able to pick up tests from collection points run by community organisations, like libraries.
Find a test collection point near you
Go to a test site

You can get tested at a rapid lateral flow test site.

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 where to get a rapid lateral flow test
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.

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

Children aged under 11 do not need to do rapid tests.

 

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