With the emergence of the Omicron variant, and it’s rapid spread throughout England, the Government’s home delivery service for lateral flow home testing kits ran out of supplies before Christmas.
It’s now been claimed that Covid testing rules will be relaxed to shorten self-isolation periods in a bid to tackle the UK’s crippling staff shortages.
Health officials are understood to have drawn up plans to limit PCR tests to people who are symptomatic, allowing those who do not have symptoms to return to work faster.
Under the rules, millions of people who test positive for Covid-19 on a lateral flow device will be told they do not need to take a follow-up PCR test, which currently delays the official start of their isolation period.
Instead, only those who have symptoms will reportedly be told they must wait for a PCR test.
This means that those who are symptomatic - an estimated 40 per cent of cases - will be able to return to work more quickly.
Demand for lateral flow test kits is extremely high with infection rates soaring.
The kits are very convenient, as you can test yourself for Covid-19 from the comfort of your own home.
The speed is also convenient too, as they deliver results within 30-minutes, eliminating the nervousness you can get from waiting
Here are some of the pharmacies in Birmingham which have lateral flow test kits in stock today (Wednesday, January 5).
Five Ways Pharmacy
Five Ways Pharmacy does have some, but mentioned that people wishing to collect must need their collection code from the government. Details of how to acquire this can be found on www.gov.uk/collectioncode - and then follow the steps from there.
192a St Vincent St W, B16 8RP - 0121 630 2680
They have some, and mentioned that they have just had a lot recently come in this week.
71, Pershore road, B5 7NX - 0121 440 1210
They also have some available this week.
147 Bordesley Green, Small Heath, B9 5EP - 0121 772 2544
They do have some, but said there are limited available.
95 Birchfield Road, Handsworth, B19 1LH - 0121 551 3814
Lateral flows are available here, although there is a limited amount in stock.
366 Green Ln, Small Heath
Heath Way Pharmacy
Lateral flows are also in stock here.
20 Heath Way, Shard End, B34 6QU - 0121 747 213
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