- Make staying safe part of your bank holiday plans. With cases of Covid continuing to rise in our county make sure that you have all the essentials for a safe summer bank holiday. Get out in the fresh air or let fresh air indoors if meeting others; take regular rapid tests; and if you haven't already - get vaccinated! Find out more about how you can protect yourself and others.
- If you are 16 or 17 years old get your first Covid vaccination. If you have already been invited for your jab please follow the instructions to book an appointment or look out for opportunities to attend a local drop-in clinic. Vaccination centres continue to offer first and second dose vaccinations to everyone over 16 years old.
- Long Covid – a message from young people to young people. In a new series of NHS videos, three previously fit and health young people have shared their stories of suffering debilitating long Covid symptoms in a bid to urge young people to get double jabbed.
- By law, anyone working or entering a care home (other than family, friends and essential care givers) must have had both doses of the Covid vaccination by 11 November. To meet this deadline they must have booked and received their first dose by September 16 2021. This will allow for the second jab in time for when the regulations come into force. Read the Government guidance in full.
- Get more from your PCR test. It is still a legal requirement for people who have symptoms of COVID-19 to self-isolate and book a PCR test.
- Now, everyone aged 18 years and older can have a free antibody test. Antibody test help to improve our understanding of immunity against COVID-19 from vaccination and infection. You can opt in for antibody testing when https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. If your PCR test result is positive you may be selected for antibody testing. Read more.
- Although no longer a legal requirement, face coverings, social distancing and regular handwashing remain effective ways to help reduce the risk of spreading Covid.
In the preceding 30 days of reporting (25 July - 24 August) under our local pillar 2* testing sites 242,174 tests have been undertaken in Gloucestershire residents, 3.97 % of these were positive.
Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) locations⁶
- Car Park off Newerne Street, Lydney, GL15 5RA (Friday and Wednesday-Thursday)
- Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Road, Cirencester, GL7 6JS (Friday-Saturday and Monday-Thursday)
- Car Park, Oldends Lane, Stonehouse, GL10 2DG (Friday-Sunday)
- Lower Lode Depot, Lower Lode Lane, Tewkesbury, GL20 5TT (Friday-Thursday)
- Hartpury University & Hartpury College, Gloucester, GL19 3BE (Saturday and Sunday)
- University Of Gloucestershire, Entrance 3, Park Campus, The Park, Cheltenham, GL50 2RH (Saturday-Sunday)
- Cinderford RFC, Dockham Rd, Cinderford GL14 2AQ (Monday-Tuesday)
- Dursley Rugby Club, Hounds Green, Dursley GL11 6AJ (Monday-Tuesday)
- North RFC, Stoke Orchard Road, Bishops Cleeve, GL52 7DG (Tuesday-Wednesday)
- Stow RFC, Oddington Road, Stow on the Wold, GL54 1JJ (Wednesday)
Permanent Testing Site Locations
PCR Testing Sites
Hempsted Meadows, David Hook Way, Gloucester, GL2 5LE
High Street Car Park, Cheltenham, GL50 4AL Stroud LTS
Stratford Park Leisure Centre, Stratford Road, Stroud, GL5 4AF
You can book a test here for one of these sites if you have any COVID-19 symptoms.
Assisted Testing in Pharmacies (LFD)
You can see which pharmacies you can take a rapid test at if you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms here.
LFD Home Test Collection
Anyone can collect LFD kits for use at home from any of the locations listed here including some pharmacies and local libraries.
LFD Home Test Delivery
If you cannot get tested at your workplace or are unable to go to a test site or collect test kits, you can order a test kit to your home here.
In the last 7 days, there has been 1 confirmed⁷ outbreak in high risk settings in Gloucestershire.