We’ve now had notification that from Saturday 26 June at 12.30pm, Oxfordshire’s four symptom-free community testing sites will be closing – this includes the testing centre at The Beacon in Wantage.
The symptom-free testing sites were opened to respond to a need to encourage as many symptom-free people as possible to get tested using rapid lateral flow devices (LFDs) to help stop the spread of the virus at the height of the pandemic.
Over time, a number of alternative options for accessing LFD tests have been developed and made available to the public. These include:
workplace testing, secondary school and college testing, collecting home test kits from pharmacies or our symptomatic testing sites or jumping online to request a home delivery.
This has made it much easier for people to choose how and when they get tested.
Very few people are now visiting the symptom-free sites for in-person testing and are opting to use the wider range of alternative options to do their bit. With one in three people with COVID-19 not having any symptoms – twice-weekly testing will remain crucial to help us find these cases and prevent the spread of infection. This applies even if people have been vaccinated. All the symptom-free testing information is available on the county council’s website.
We’re aiming to re-open The Beacon to the public on 6 September, and we’ll be sharing this news with the public on Monday.