Covid-19 vaccination centres opening in Dacorum and Hertsmere
5 Jan 2021, 19:00
The range of locations and eligibility criteria for coronavirus (COVID-19) testing across Hertfordshire has been significantly extended, following the introduction of local arrangements supported by the military and new government guidance.
This should be particularly helpful for:
Testing for coronavirus helps the government and scientists to understand its current spread and plan how to manage the pandemic, as well as enabling people who test negative to return to return to work more promptly.
Jim McManus, the Director of Public Health for Hertfordshire said: “There are a number of different testing routes, depending on where you live, what your job is, how old you are, whether you have symptoms and if you have access to your own transport. We’re waiting for detailed guidance to come from the government which will make it clear how some of the new testing plans will be delivered. In the meantime, we are very pleased to announce that drive-through testing at three Hertfordshire sites will be in operation every week for the foreseeable future. We are also pleased that the number of mail-order tests has been increased too, which means that people without transport should not be disadvantaged.”
In summary, testing arrangements are as follows:
For essential workers (as defined by the government at gov.uk/coronavirus) and their household members aged over five with active symptoms who have access to their own transport:
Booking details have not yet been confirmed for the three drive-through Hertfordshire
sites. More information will be confirmed about these sites on the morning of Friday
For all essential workers who are within the first three days of having suspected symptoms who do not have access to their own transport:
For NHS, social care and care home or nursing home staff only:
For care home residents:
Testing is now in place for people with symptoms in care homes and nursing homes
where there are two or more residents with suspected COVID-19 symptomatic
residents. Tests are carried out within 24 hours and results are available within 72
Plans are being put in place to enable:
This will mean people who cannot work from home and those aged 65 and over can
know for sure whether they have coronavirus and need to continue isolating.
As capacity has increased, testing has been offered to different groups in a phased
approach, prioritising NHS workers.