- With the Autumn and Winter months soon approaching, it is more important than ever that we keep taking steps to protect ourselves from catching and spreading COVID-19.
- Getting the vaccine remains the best defence against COVID-19, and is the best way to keep friends, family, and your community safe.
- There are still opportunities to get your first and second dose of the Covid vaccine - most primary care networks are now offering walk in clinics all across the county and the best way to check what is available is to visit the Gloucestershire CCG website.
- The roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination to 12-15 years old has begun. Eligible children and young people will be offered a single dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Getting the vaccine will help keep their lives moving supporting mental health and wellbeing.
- The NHS programme is beginning to deliver COVID-19 booster doses to those that are eligible, inviting those that had their first and second dose more than six months ago first. Please take up the offer of a booster if invited.
- Let fresh air in if you are meeting indoors - opening windows for just 10 mins or a small amount continuously can makes a significant different. Meeting outdoors is still safer.
- Wear face coverings - where social distancing and ventilation may become more difficult and in enclosed spaces where you might come into contact with people you don’t normally meet, like on public transport.
- Get tested and isolate if positive - anyone with symptoms should self-isolate and can still get a free PCR test. Anybody who tests positive must isolate for ten days. Financial and practical support continues to be available.
- Continue with regular rapid tests if you don’t have symptoms – this will help stop Covid in its tracks - gloucestershire.gov.uk/testing. From October you will be asked to download a collection code each time you pick up a test kit from your local pharmacy - this will help with the test and trace process as the kit will be more easily tracked to a person.
- Health and social care are already under pressure – this will only increase as we head into the winter months. Stay at home if you feel unwell and help protect our NHS.
- Wash hands regularly – a simple step that can help prevent the spread.
- Utilise the NHS COVID-19 app – the app remains a key tool in preventing further cases of Covid. Since 16 August the app has advised potential contacts who are vaccinated to take a PCR test rather than isolate.
In the preceding 30 days of reporting (29 August - 28 September) under our local pillar 2* testing sites 348,507 tests have been undertaken in Gloucestershire residents, 2.18 % of these were positive.
Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) locations⁶
- Lower Lode Depot, Lower Lode Lane, Tewkesbury, GL20 5TT (Friday-Monday, Wednesday-Friday)
- Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Road, Cirencester, GL7 6JS (Saturday-Friday)
- Car Park, Oldends Lane, Stonehouse, GL10 2DG (Friday-Sunday, Friday)
- Car Park off Newerne Street, Lydney, GL15 5RA (Friday, Wednesday-Friday)
- Hartpury University & Hartpury College, Gloucester, GL19 3BE (Saturday-Sunday)
- University Of Gloucestershire, Entrance 3, Park Campus, The Park, Cheltenham, GL50 2RH (Saturday)
- Cinderford RFC, Dockham Rd, Cinderford GL14 2AQ (Monday-Tuesday)
- North RFC, Stoke Orchard Road, Bishops Cleeve, GL52 7DG (Tuesday-Wednesday)
- Stow RFC, Oddington Road, Stow on the Wold, GL54 1JJ (Monday-Tuesday)
- Dursley Rugby Club, Hounds Green, Dursley GL11 6AJ (Monday-Tuesday)
Permanent Testing Site Locations
PCR Testing Sites
Hempsted Meadows, David Hook Way, Gloucester, GL2 5LE
Coronation Square, Edinburgh Place, Cheltenham, GL51 7RG 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.
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.
In the last 7 days, there has been 8 confirmed⁷ outbreaks in high risk settings in Gloucestershire.