Testing and vaccinations

Please read our information on how we are supporting residents and businesses, as well as information on affected services.

Booking Vaccinations

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 12 to 15 can now book their first 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.

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

Book an appointment

The large vaccination centre at Wadebridge now offers 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 out where your nearest one is on the NHS Kernow website

More information can be found the NHS Kernow website.

Do I need to get tested for Coronavirus

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

New Covid Delta variant symptoms:

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

If you are unsure you can use the NHS Coronavirus online symptom checker, or call 111.

Book a test

Please note that testing sites close at 6pm.

You can order PCR postal testing kits via the gov.uk website instead of attending a testing site.

If you think you have symptoms

You should book a PCR test as soon as you can. You should stay at home and isolate and only leave home to get a test. 

Getting tested while on holiday in Cornwall

You can still access PCR tests while you are here on holiday if you feel unwell. Please use the link above to book your test. 

If you get tested while you're here, please provide the address where you are staying in Cornwall as well as your usual home address. It will help us to do track and trace locally.

If you have a covid-19 test within seven days of arriving home, please also add the address of where you were staying in Cornwall.

If you forget to bring LFD tests with you for your trip, you can collect these while you are here. 

Find out how to collect LFD tests

When should I self-isolate?

New rules about self isolation came in to effect on 16 August 2021, and you can read all the rules in our guide below.

If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace  or pinged by the NHS Covid-19 app because you have been a close contact of someone with the virus, you should get a PCR test. You do not need to self isolate while you wait for the result if you have had both doses of the vaccine. 

You should self-isolate if you experience symptoms of COVID-19 and also while you are waiting to get a test and waiting for your results.

You should self-isolate if you test positive with a Lateral Flow Test (LFT). You should also arrange to have a follow-up PCR test as soon as possible. If the follow-up PCR test result is negative, you can stop self-isolating.

Read our self isolation guidance

Financial support

Workers in self-isolation are entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for every day they are in isolation, as long as they meet the eligibility conditions. 

Find out more about claiming sick pay

If you receive certain benefits you may be entitled to the test and trace support grant. You can find out more on our financial support pages.

Where are the test centres in Cornwall?

There are permanent walk-in testing facilities for people with Covid-19 symptoms available at:

  • Falmouth - 51 Wellington Terrace
  • Bodmin - Chy Trevail Car Park
  • Liskeard - Westbourne Car Park
  • Camborne - Heartlands Car Park
  • Newquay - Mount Wise Car Park
  • Plymouth - information on sites in Plymouth is available on the Plymouth City Council website

Mobile unit locations vary but are often available in the following areas:

  • Bude
  • Launceston
  • Penzance
  • St Austell
  • St Ives (from 1 June 2021) 
  • Wadebridge

If you have symptoms, you should self-isolate immediately and book a test via the GOV.uk website or if you have problems using the internet, call 119.

Can I get tested if I have no symptoms?

Everyone over the age of 18 who has no symptoms is now being encouraged to test themselves at home twice a week with rapid testing kits called Lateral Flow Devices

For more on testing for people with no symptoms, including where to pick up home-testing kits in Cornwall view our home and workplace testing page.

Home and workplace rapid testing

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