DHSC announces twice weekly coronavirus (COVID-19) tests for families of pupils

DHSC announces twice weekly coronavirus (COVID-19) tests for families of pupils

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced that every household with school-aged children, from primary to college level, will have access to free rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) tests twice per week. This also includes families that have school-aged children in a childcare or support bubble. This comes just before the return of children to school on 8 March 2021.

Speaking about the announcement, Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, said: ‘Regular testing of households and childcare support bubbles of primary and secondary school children is another tool we are making available to help keep schools safe. We know that 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 don’t have any symptoms, so targeted, regular testing will mean more positive cases are kept out of schools and colleges.’

DHSC has also updated its guidance on accessing rapid lateral flow tests to include a link to finding your nearest collection point for home tests, which can be read here.

Source: All households with children of school age to get 2 rapid COVID-19 tests per person per week

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