Pharmacies now offering free, rapid COVID-19 tests
Yesterday (19 April), the government announced that nine in ten pharmacies across England are now distributing free rapid lateral flow tests for people to collect and use at home.
Rapid, regular testing is now available to everyone in England and the new ‘Pharmacy Collect’ service provides an additional route to regular testing for everyone.
The ‘Pharmacy Collect’ service is available to people aged over 18 without symptoms, who are able to visit a participating local pharmacy and collect a box of seven rapid tests to use twice a week at home. Regular testing continues to play a critical role in stopping the spread of the virus and breaking the chains of transmission.
The government also launched an online checker so people can find their nearest pharmacy offering free, rapid test kits.