Testing and vaccinations

Booking Vaccinations

Vaccinations are the best way to protect yourself and others from Covid-19. The NHS is coordinating the Covid-19 vaccinations.

To book an appointment please use the NHS online booking service or call 119.

You can use this service if you're aged 12 or over and registered with a GP surgery in England.

All young people aged over 12 (or 5+ if they are in a high risk group) can now book their first or second vaccine dose online. People who are eligible can now book a booster vaccine dose online if it’s been at least 6 months since their second dose.

Children over 5 years who are not in a high risk group will be able to book a vaccine from April.

You will be able to pick a site, date and a time.

Book an appointment

The large vaccination centres at Wadebridge, Stithians and Truro offer walk in appointments with no need to book or be registered with a GP. There are also local pop up vaccination clinics in town centres across Cornwall.

Find your nearest vaccination location on the NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly website

Can I still get a test for COVID-19?

PCR testing sites in Cornwall have now closed as part of the Government's plan to live with COVID-19.

You can still order free Lateral Flow tests from the Government until Friday 1 April. After that date free universal testing will end.

After Friday 1 April, most people will need to purchase COVID-19 tests from pharmacies. 

The Government has announced that some of our residents will still be able to access free symptomatic (PCR) tests:

  • Patients in hospital, where a PCR test is required for their care and to provide access to treatments and to support ongoing clinical surveillance for new variants;
  • People who are eligible for community COVID-19 treatments because they are at higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19. People in this group will be contacted directly and sent lateral flow tests to keep at home for use if they have symptoms as well as being told how to reorder tests; and
  • People living or working in some high-risk settings. For example, staff in adult social care services such as homecare organisations and care homes, and residents in care homes and extra care and supported living services, NHS workers and those working and living in hospices, and prisons and places of detention (including immigration removal centres), 
  • People will also be tested before being discharged from hospital into care homes, hospices.

Who can still get free LFD tests?

Rapid lateral flow device (LFD) testing for people without symptoms of COVID-19 will continue after Friday 1 April in some high-risk settings where infection can spread rapidly while prevalence is high. This includes:

  • Patient-facing staff in the NHS and NHS-commissioned Independent Healthcare Providers
  • Staff in hospices and adult social care services, such as domiciliary care home care organisations, care homes and a small number of care home visitors who provide personal care
  • Staff in some prisons and places of detention (including immigration removal centres) and in high risk domestic abuse refuges and homelessness settings
  • Residential Special Educational Needs and Disabilities facilities, care home staff and residents during an outbreak and for care home residents upon admission.

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

From 24th February, you will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19.

However, it is strongly advised that you stay at home and avoid contact with others for at least 5 days from

  • when your symptoms started
  • your positive test if you did not have symptoms

This will reduce the risk that you will pass the virus on to other people.

After 5 days, you may choose to take a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) followed by another the next day. If both these tests are negative, and you do not have a temperature, you can return to your normal routine.

If you leave your home before 10 full days after testing positive, you risk passing COVID-19 to other people. It’s important that you take steps to reduce the chance of passing COVID-19 to others. This means you should:

  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with people, particularly those at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19
  • wear a face covering in shops, on public transport and when it’s hard to stay away from other people. (particularly indoors, in crowded places or where there is not much fresh air)
  • wash your hands regularly and cover coughs and sneezes.
  • let fresh air in if you meet indoors. The more fresh air you let into your home and other enclosed spaces, the less likely a person is to inhale infectious particles

Your close contacts will no longer be required to self-isolate or advised to take daily tests. However, it is strongly recommended that you continue to inform your close contacts that you have tested positive. This is so that they can take extra care in following COVID-safe behaviours.

If you think you have symptoms but can't get a test

If you experience the symptoms below, but cannot access a test, it is recommended that you stay at home and self isolate for five days or until you no longer have a temperature. You should avoid contact with people

Most people with the virus have at least one of these symptoms:

  • A fever
  • A new, continuous cough
  • A loss of sense of taste or smell

Other variant symptoms can include

  • Blocked/runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Lethargy/tiredness
  • Diarrhoea
  • Hay fever like symptoms

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