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COVID-19 testing

Find out about COVID-19 testing

Published on: 14 April 2021

Last updated: 8 June 2021

Testing is a vital tool for protecting people and our communities.

Find the latest information from Westminster City Council about how you can get a free COVID-19 test and what is involved.

Alongside testing, receiving both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine is an essential part of getting back to normal. Find out the latest about COVID-19 vaccinations in Westminster.

Coronavirus testing in Westminster

Testing is the most effective way to control the spread of coronavirus.

Westminster is now offering two types of coronavirus testing:

  • for people who are not showing any symptoms (symptom-free testing or rapid lateral flow tests)
  • for people who have symptoms of the virus (a new persistent cough, high temperature or a loss or change in sense of smell or taste)

In addition to getting tested, the most important thing we can all do to prevent the spread of the virus is to remember the basics:

  • hands - wash your hands more often than usual and for at least 20 seconds
  • face - wear your face covering in enclosed spaces
  • space - keep your distance - try to stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you do not live with (or anyone not in your support bubble)
  • fresh air – meet others outdoors, and when meeting inside, let fresh air into your home by opening windows, doors and air vents as much as possible

If you test positive for coronavirus, you may be eligible for a Test and Trace support payment.