Press release: Asymptomatic testing to be rolled out across the country starting this week

Local authorities will be encouraged to target testing to people who cannot work from home during lockdown. Around 1 in 3 people have coronavirus (COVID-19) without displaying any symptoms. Rapid, regular testing for people without symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be made available across the country from this week, with the eligibility of the community testing programme expanded to cover all 314 lower-tier local authorities.Local authorities will be encouraged to target testing at people who are unable to work from home during the national lockdown.Expansion of asymptomatic testing will identify more positive cases of COVID-19 and ensure those infected isolate, protecting those who cannot work from home and…

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Press release: COVID-19 vaccines rolled out to people aged 70 years and over from today

Move allows the NHS to further accelerate vaccinations of people most at risk Priority remains to vaccinate top 2 cohorts first, while over 3.8 million people have received their first vaccine dose in the UKMillions of people aged 70 and over and those clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 will be invited to get their vaccinations from today (Monday 18 January) as the NHS begins roll out of the vaccines to the next 2 priority groups.The NHS has so far been working to vaccinate the first 2 priority cohorts recommended by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which are care home residents and staff, and those aged…

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Press release: Asymptomatic testing to be rolled out across the country starting this week

Local authorities will be encouraged to target testing to people who cannot work from home during lockdown.Around 1 in 3 people have coronavirus (COVID-19) without displaying any symptoms.Rapid, regular testing for people without symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be made available across the country from this week, with the eligibility of the community testing programme expanded to cover all 317 local authorities.Local authorities will be encouraged to target testing at people who are unable to work from home during the national lockdown.Expansion of asymptomatic testing will identify more positive cases of COVID-19 and ensure those infected isolate, protecting those who cannot work from home and our vital services.…

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Press release: Asymptomatic testing to be rolled out across the country starting this week

Local authorities will be encouraged to target testing to people who cannot work from home during lockdown.Around 1 in 3 people have coronavirus (COVID-19) without displaying any symptoms.Rapid, regular testing for people without symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be made available across the country from this week, with the eligibility of the community testing programme expanded to cover all 317 local authorities.Local authorities will be encouraged to target testing at people who are unable to work from home during the national lockdown.Expansion of asymptomatic testing will identify more positive cases of COVID-19 and ensure those infected isolate, protecting those who cannot work from home and our vital services.…

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Press release: Community testing offer rolled out to highest risk Tier 2 areas

Community testing programmes will be offered to worst-affected Tier 2 areas, in addition to Tier 3 areas Rapid, regular testing will help drive down transmission rates to help prevent areas in Tier 2 moving into the toughest restrictions London is the latest local authority confirmed to receive enhanced community testing supportLocal authorities in the worst-affected Tier 2 areas, will now be offered community testing in addition to Tier 3 areas, the government has announced today.Building on the existing rollout of rapid testing to all Directors of Public Health, local authorities who are deemed at high risk of entering Tier 3 will be invited to submit community testing proposals…

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Press release: Free flu vaccinations rolled out to over 50s from December

Individuals will be able to get free flu jab from their GP or pharmacist Centrally secured supply of vaccines available to GPs and pharmacies for newly eligible groupAdults over the age of 50 will be able to get their free flu vaccine from 1 December in the next phase of this years expanded flu vaccination programme, the government has confirmed.Individuals aged 50 to 64 will be able to get a vaccine from their GP or pharmacy. This significant new group can now be included in the flu programme, with the initial phase of flu vaccinations well under way.Flu vaccine uptake is higher in all vulnerable groups except pregnant…

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Press release: More rapid COVID-19 tests to be rolled out across England

Next stage of partnership between NHS Test and Trace and local directors of public health will enable increased testing of priority and high-risk groups in local communities on a weekly basis Increase in asymptomatic testing will help pick up more cases, stop the spread of the virus and support communities and critical industriesOver half a million rapid-turnaround lateral flow tests will be sent out by NHS Test and Trace to local public health leaders this week, signalling the next phase of the governments plan to expand asymptomatic testing for COVID-19, the Prime Minister announced today.Test kits will be issued to over 50 directors of public health across England…

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Press release: More rapid COVID-19 tests to be rolled out across England

Next stage of partnership between NHS Test and Trace and local directors of public health will enable increased testing of priority and high-risk groups in local communities on a weekly basis Increase in asymptomatic testing will help pick up more cases, stop the spread of the virus and support communities and critical industriesOver half a million rapid-turnaround lateral flow tests will be sent out by NHS Test and Trace to local public health leaders this week, signalling the next phase of the governments plan to expand asymptomatic testing for COVID-19, the Prime Minister announced today.Test kits will be issued to over 50 directors of public health across England…

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