- It's back to school time Secondary school pupils should continue with regular rapid testing. Students aged 16 and 17 are encouraged to take up the offer of the vaccine either via their GP or by visiting a drop-in clinics. Ventilation and handwashing remain key More information on going back to school can be found on the Government website.
- There are still opportunities for anyone aged 16 years and over to take up the offer of a first or second jab. You can book an appointment via your GP surgery or find a local drop-in clinic at a time to suit you - choose from one of four this weekend. If you have already been invited to get the jab via your GP simply follow the instructions to book an appointment
- Everyone working in a care home must have booked and have received their first dose by 16 September 2021 This will allow for the second jab to happen in time for when the regulations to come into force on 11 November. Read the Government guidance in full.
- The vast majority of pregnant women who become seriously ill with COVID-19 are unvaccinated. So, it’s really important to have both doses of your vaccine to protect you and your baby. To date at least 62,000 pregnant women in the UK have received at least one dose. The COVID-19 vaccine is available to pregnant women at any point during their pregnancy. Here are five key reasons why you should get the jab
- Cases are still high in the county –Covid hasn’t gone away. You should continue to take regular rapid tests even if you have been vaccinated. Rapid testing for people with no symptoms can help detect cases of Covid in people who might not even know they have it and could be unknowingly spreading the virus
- It is still a legal requirement for people who have symptoms of COVID-19 to self-isolate and book a PCR test.
- Everyone aged 18 years and older can have a free antibody test. Antibody tests help to improve our understanding of immunity against COVID-19 from vaccination and infection. You can opt in for antibody testing when booking your PCR. 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 (9 August - 8 September) under our local pillar 2* testing sites 284,533 tests have been undertaken in Gloucestershire residents, 3.59 % of these were positive.
Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) locations⁶
- Car Park off Newerne Street, Lydney, GL15 5RA (Friday and Wednesday-Thursday)
- Car Park, Oldends Lane, Stonehouse, GL10 2DG (Friday-Sunday)
- Lower Lode Depot, Lower Lode Lane, Tewkesbury, GL20 5TT (Friday-Monday, Wednesday -Thursday)
- Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Road, Cirencester, GL7 6JS (Friday-Thursday)
- University Of Gloucestershire, Entrance 3, Park Campus, The Park, Cheltenham, GL50 2RH (Saturday-Sunday)
- Hartpury University & Hartpury College, Gloucester, GL19 3BE (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)
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 6 confirmed⁷ outbreaks in high risk settings in Gloucestershire.