Mass rapid testing

There are now two types of covid testing being offered to residents in Slough:

  1. Tests for people with no symptoms – mass rapid testing
  2. Tests for people with symptoms – PCR testing

Here you can find information on mass rapid testing and how to book to get a rapid test in Slough.

One in three people with coronavirus don’t show symptoms.

Rapid tests (also known as lateral flow tests) are free tests for people with no symptoms.

Why take the rapid test

They will help to stop the spread of coronavirus, protect our local community and get back to the things we love.

Through this scheme, we aim to identify people who do not have Covid-19 symptoms but who are infectious and could spread the infection to others unknowingly. Identifying and supporting infectious people to isolate before they develop symptoms will help reduce spread.

The programme will also help us explore the use of new rapid testing technology and the potential application in a range of scenarios. These could include releasing key workers from quarantine, enabling children to stay at school or protecting care home residents from infection. This will help to reduce the spread of the virus and protect the vulnerable.

We also will use this opportunity to make sure residents understand the covid guidance, and ensure any confusion or myths around covid restrictions or the vaccine are addressed.