Getting tested for Coronavirus COVID-19

The government has released guidance on coronavirus testing for essential workers.

They are now testing:

  • essential workers with symptoms
  • people who live with essential workers and have symptoms


This means essential workers can find out whether they have the virus, and can help them return to work if they test negative.


The list includes:-



All NHS and social care staff, including:

  • doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers
  • the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector
  • those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributors of medicines, and medical and personal protective equipment



Transport workers, including:

  • those who keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the coronavirus response
  • those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass



Critical personnel in the production and distribution of food, drink and essential goods, including:

  • those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery
  • those critical to the provision of other essential goods, such as medical supply chain and distribution workers, including veterinary medicine
  • workers critical to the continuity of essential movement of goods


To see the full list of essential workers, and how to arrange a test click the button below.


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