Testing and vaccinations

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


The NHS is coordinating the Covid-19 vaccinations.

People in the priority groups outlined by Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation can now book their first COVID-19 vaccination at a vaccination centre or a pharmacy once you have received an invitation.

To book an appointment please use the NHS online booking service or call 119. You will be able to pick a site, date and a time.

Book an appointment 

More information can be found the NHS Kernow website.

NHS Kernow

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

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

If you think you have symptoms;

  • you should stay at home and isolate and only leave home to get a test. You should isolate for 10 days.
  • If you are self-isolating or in quarantine, having been in contact with somebody positive, then a negative test result does not mean you can end isolation early.

The virus can take time to develop and so a test early on does not prove that you won’t go on to develop the virus. That means you could still be at risk of spreading the disease to other people.

Should I get a test if I've been contacted by NHS Test and Trace

If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace because you have been a close contact of someone with the virus, you only need to get a test if you have symptoms.

Otherwise, you should just stay at home and isolate for 10 days.

If you get tested and it comes back negative you still need to isolate for the full 10 days, as the virus could still develop.

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:



  • Penzance - St Erbyn's Car park

  • Truro - Tregurra park and ride

  • Falmouth - 51 Wellington Terrace

  • Bodmin - Chy Trevail Car Park

  • Liskeard - Westbourne Car Park

  • Camborne - Heartlands Car Park

  • Plymouth - information on sites in Plymouth is available on the Plymouth City Council website.

*The above sites switch to offering collection of rapid Lateral Flow Tests for people with no symptoms after 2.30pm.

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

  • Bude
  • Launceston

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.

Testing for people with no symptoms of Covid-19 are currently available at council office car parks in:

  • Camborne (Dolcoath Avenue)
  • St Austell (Penwinnick Road)
  • Liskeard (Luxstowe House)

Book a test at a drive through site

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

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

Please do not go to your GP surgery, or to an emergency department at a hospital if you can't get a test. Please stay at home and continue to isolate.

What happens if you can’t get tested after 5 days of onset of symptoms?

After day 5 you must continue to self-isolate if you cannot get a test. You will need to self-isolate for at least 10 days following onset of symptoms and can stop self-isolation after 10 days if either: 

  • you do not have any symptoms
  • you just have a cough or changes to your sense of smell or taste – these can last for weeks after the infection has gone. 

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