Help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Medway. Symptom-free testing continues to be available for everyone.

Anyone who lives or works in Medway can get a COVID-19 symptom-free test. This is especially important if you will be in a high-risk situation that day and before you visit people who are at higher risk of severe illness if they get COVID-19.

You are at higher risk of catching COVID-19 when:

  • in crowded and enclosed spaces
  • there is limited fresh air.

Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have any symptoms but can still infect others and make some vulnerable people extremely ill. Symptom-free testing identifies people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms but who are infectious and could spread the virus to others unknowingly. This helps us to quickly detect new infections and stop the spread of the virus in Medway.

It's never been easier to get tested.

Find out how to get a symptom-free test.

Test daily if you're identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19

From Tuesday 14 December 2021, people who are fully vaccinated and identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 (whether Omicron or not) should take an NHS rapid lateral flow test every day for 7 days to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

As of 11 January 2022, people living in England who receive a positive lateral flow test will be required to self-isolate immediately but will not need to take a confirmatory PCR test.

Find out more on GOV.UK.

New rules on self-isolating

The government has issued new rules on self-isolating if you test positive.

They include:

  • as of 11 January 2022, if you test positive on a symptom-free test (also known as a lateral flow test), you are no longer required to take a PCR test to confirm the result. You must self-isolate immediately if you get a positive rapid lateral flow test result
  • you should take a symptom-free home test on day 6 and day 7 of your isolation period (these must be at least 24 hours apart)
  • you can stop self-isolating at the start of day 6 if you get 2 negative rapid lateral flow test results on days 5 and 6 and do not have a temperature. Tests must be at least 24 hours apart. If either test is positive, wait 24 hours before testing again
  • if you do develop symptoms while self-isolating, you must continue to stay at home for the full 10 days.

Use home test kits to test on day 5 and 6 of your self-isolation period. Do not visit one of our home test collections centres or symptom-free test sites.

You can order home test kits online or by phoning 119.

Find out more on GOV.UK