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End of free COVID-19 testing in England

Posted on: 7 April 2022

Did you know that The Government removed the free COVID-19 testing programme in England on 1 April? This means that people will need to purchase rapid or PCR tests to check their COVID-19 status. 

All testing sites that were operating in Tower Hamlets closed from 1 April. Tower Hamlets residents are now encouraged to continue following these simple steps to stay safe:

  • Get vaccinated – This is the best and most effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones from coronavirus. 
  • Ventilate your space – If you’re planning to meet family and friends indoors, try to pop a window open for some fresh air and good ventilation. 
  • Wear a face covering – Don’t forget to pop on your mask if you’re outside your household and in indoor spaces or on public transport. Don’t forget to cover your whole nose and mouth area. This will help protect you and those around you from catching COVID-19.
  • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds - Regularly washing your hands throughout the day continues to be an effective way to avoid catching the virus. Take the time to wash your hands regularly. And remember, you should always wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

If residents feel unwell, have symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive, the NHS advises that they stay at home for at least five days. Testing will remain available for frontline health and care staff and some vulnerable patients here.

Vaccinations – first, second, and booster doses – are still widely available across Tower Hamlets at vaccine centres, pharmacies, and community spaces. Anyone who needs advice or support around vaccination can call the council’s vaccine helpline on 020 7364 3030.

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