9th May, 2021

Free Covid tests for Solihull residents in bid to beat the virus

Solihull Editorial 10th Apr, 2021

ALL residents over the age of 18 will be able to access free Covid tests in Solihull – and through a number of routes.

The offer comes as the government emphasises that regular twice weekly testing for people without coronavirus symptoms remains an important part of the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Around one in three people with coronavirus do not have any symptoms so it is important that cases are identified that would not have been found without regular asymptomatic testing.

There are a number of existing ways people living or working in Solihull, who do not have Covid symptoms can access free, regular tests.

They include the borough’s own local community testing sites, the Covid-19 community testing mobile unit, plus the community collect service as well as a home delivery service.

Separate testing arrangements are in place for businesses and workplaces, schools, colleges and for teaching and non-teaching staff of primary and secondary schools, colleges, and nurseries.

Note that North Solihull Sports Centre has now closed as a test site and its services transferred to the Newington Resource Centre.

Ruth Tennant, Solihull’s director of public health said: “We will continue to make accessing Covid tests as convenient as possible for everyone in the borough.

“We know regular testing of those without symptoms remains vitally important as it will help identify those individuals who may unknowingly be passing on the virus and ultimately help us reduce the spread of Covid.

“Anyone with symptoms or a positive test result should stay at home and self-isolate immediately for a full 10 days.

“This guidance still applies even if you have received one or more doses of the vaccine.”

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