Charity Workers now Eligible for Free Coronavirus Testing, January 202108-Jan-2021
Medway charities who are delivering face-to-face support, or working in areas with high infection rates, may now be able to book a symptom-free coronavirus test.
With the coronavirus rate of infection continuing to rise, Medway Council have recently announced that employees and staff of eligible charitable service providers, especially workers that deliver face to face support, may be able to access free coronavirus testing through one of five centres across Medway; this eligibility includes all charity workers in victim support, foodbanks, homeless support and care work.
The Council feels this type of speedy testing will also help provide a more accurate picture of cases in Medway and so help reduce the spread of the virus; and although these new tests are a little different from the symptomatic tests, the Council say the tests can be easily self-administered and the results should be available within an hour of taking the test.
Booking a Test
Most centres are open from 9am-7pm seven days a week, and Medway Council advises tests must be booked online in advance, and that staff must provide proof of employment, such as their work ID badge.
Medway Council advises you can only book a test in advance online, and that testing will take place at centres in:
- Chatham (9am – 7pm seven days a week)
- Chattenden (9am – 7pm seven days a week)
- Rainham (9am – 7pm seven days a week)
- Rochester (Check for availability) and
- NEW! Medway Park (available Monday to Friday, check for availability)
The Council does stress that parking is limited at some sites, and asks that attendees drive and park considerately and do not block any driveways or residential areas during their visit.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms on the day of your test, Medway Council ask that you do not attend your booking and that you should arrange to get a swab test from the Government website.