Last updated: 12/04/2021
Local information on finding your nearest vaccination or rapid test centre
From 9 April everyone in England, including those without symptoms, will be able to take a free rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) test twice a week.
The expanded regular testing offer for people without symptoms will be delivered through:
- a home ordering service, which allows people to order lateral flow tests online to be delivered to their home
- workplace testing programmes, on-site or at home
- community testing, offered by all local authorities
- collection at a local PCR test site during specific test collection time windows
- testing on-site at schools and colleges
A new ‘Pharmacy Collect’ service is also launching which will provide an additional route to regular testing. People aged over 18 without symptoms will be able to visit a participating local pharmacy and collect a box of 7 rapid tests to use twice a week at home.
As the focus moves towards greater home testing for coronavirus, the provision for testing centres across Suffolk has changed to bring in more sites where people can collect home testing kits.
Alongside this there will be four mobile testing teams, who can visit anywhere in Suffolk at short notice, bolster testing in communities and also respond to any outbreaks.
14 testing centres will close and the full list of what's open and closed is below:
- Sites closed by 31st March: Aldeburgh, Southwold, Woodbridge, Bungay
- Sites due to close on 16th April: Nayland, Brandon, Elmswell, Needham Market, Holbrook, Hadleigh, Halesworth, Eye, Saxmundham, Debenham
- Sites which will remain open (reduced operating hours): Ipswich University of Suffolk, Bury, Lowestoft South, Lowestoft North, Haverhill, Mildenhall, Felixstowe, Ipswich West. Stowmarket, Martlesham, Sudbury, Beccles, Framlingham
- New sites planned/ relocations: Ipswich Town Centre, Ipswich Portman Road, Newmarket Town Centre
4 mobile teams will be deployed to: under-represented groups, local outbreaks/ areas of high incidence, local businesses/offices/workplaces, community events, leisure and tourist hotspots (eg parks/beaches/markets), areas where test centres have closed and there is a continued need for support with regular testing.
Go to a test site
You can go to a rapid lateral flow test site to get a rapid test.
If you go to a test site:
- you may need an appointment, so check before you go
- a trained helper might be able to help you do the test
- you'll get a text or email with the result when it's ready
Get a test to do at home
You can get rapid tests to do at home.
You can collect up to 2 packs of 7 tests from a local pharmacy or test site:
- find a pharmacy where you can collect rapid tests
- find a test site where you can collect rapid tests
You can get a pack of 7 tests sent to your home. Order rapid lateral flow home test kits on GOV.UK
If you do tests at home, you'll need to report your results online or on the phone.
School, college and nursery testing
If you attend or work at a school, college or nursery you can get rapid tests through your school, college or nursery.
If you're in a childcare or support bubble with someone who attends or works at a school, college or nursery, you can get a rapid test at a rapid lateral flow test site or order tests to do at home.
You're advised to do a test twice a week.
Primary school-age children and younger do not need to test.
Employee and university testing
Some employers and universities offer rapid tests. Ask your employer or university if they provide rapid tests.
More information: Regular rapid coronavirus tests if you do not have symptoms
Community testing is also referred to as lateral flow testing or rapid testing. It's a major tool to help identify and isolate individuals who have COVID-19 but do not have symptoms and may be spreading the virus to other people without knowing.
You can also call 0333 772 6144.
**However, if you have one of the following symptoms you must book a symptomatic test by calling 119 or visiting www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test**
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
The NHS will contact you when it's your turn to have the vaccine. Do not contact the NHS for a vaccination before then. For all local vaccination information please see Suffolk and North East Essex COVID-19 Vaccination Service: https://sneevaccine.org.uk/
The NHS is using a range of community buildings, GP premises and hospitals to deliver vaccinations.
You may be asked for your NHS number to have your covid vaccination
Before you start
You will need your name, date of birth and postcode. You will be sent a text, email or letter with your NHS number.
If you are using this service for someone else, enter their information. They will be sent their NHS number.
It may take a week or two for your body to build up some protection from the first dose of vaccine. Like all medicines, no vaccine is completely effective, so you should continue to take recommended precautions to avoid infection. Some people may still get COVID-19 despite having a vaccination, but this should be less severe.
The vaccine cannot give you COVID-19 infection, and a full course will reduce your chance of becoming seriously ill. We do not yet know whether it will stop you from catching and passing on the virus, but we do expect it to reduce this risk. So, it is still important to follow the guidance in your local area to protect those around you.
To protect yourself and your family, friends and colleagues you still need to:
- practice social distancing
- wear a face mask
- wash your hands carefully and frequently
- follow the current guidance
The NHS will never charge for a coronavirus vaccine, so anyone claiming to offer you a booking over the phone or online who asks for payment or bank details is attempting to scam you.
- HMRC is aware of a phishing campaign telling customers they can claim a tax refund to help protect themselves from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Do not reply to the email and do not open any links in the message.
- HMRC is aware of coronavirus (COVID-19) SMS scams telling customers they can claim a ‘goodwill payment’. Do not reply to the SMS and do not open any links in the message.
- HMRC is aware of a SMS scam which states you will be fined £250 for leaving the house more than once. The message asks recipients to call an 0800 telephone number to appeal. Do not reply to the SMS or call the phone number listed.
** Report scams to Suffolk Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133 **
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