COVID-19 test kits for volunteers and those who cannot work from home

COVID-19 positive cases are currently really low which is great news. The speed of the vaccine roll out has been excellent which means the majority of over 18s have also received their first vaccine. This is a positive position to be in after the last 14 months!


Of those people who do get COVID, about 1 in 3 people do not have symptoms but may still infect others. One way of helping to limit the spread of the virus is to get tested regularly. The Welsh Government have set up schemes for employers to access tests and so you may already be part of a regular testing regime if you have to go in to work, as you cannot work from home. If you aren't getting regular tests in work, you can access lateral flow tests yourself.


Getting tested regularly is the only way to know if you have the virus. If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading. Rapid lateral flow tests are for people who do not have coronavirus symptoms.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms you need to book a PCR test (on gov.uk).


How to get lateral flow tests

In Wales, you can get lateral flow tests for you and your household if you volunteer or cannot work from home.

If you get tests through your employer or education setting you should continue to do so.

Order rapid lateral flow home test kits on GOV.UK.


You can order 1 home testing kit (7 tests) at a time. Delivery takes 1 to 2 days. You can also collect testing kits in person.


Find your nearest collection point and opening times (on nhs.uk). You can collect 2 home testing kits (14 tests) at a time.

You should test twice a week, 3 to 4 days apart. Please report rapid lateral flow test results (on GOV.UK) the day you or someone in your household takes the test.

If your test is positive you should book a PCR test within 24 hours of the positive lateral flow test result.



How the tests work

Find out more about how COVID-19 lateral flow tests work and their role in the testing programme.

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