COVID-19 testing

Surge testing in Kingston

Cases of coronavirus in Kingston are rising sharply. This is linked to a broader national increase seen in the Delta variant (formerly widely referred to as the ‘Indian variant’). We need to act now to stop the spread, and keep our borough safe. 

We are stepping up our testing and vaccination programmes for a period of three weeks from Wednesday 9 June, as well as supporting those who test positive through providing practical and financial help to self-isolate.

Play your part by:

  • Getting tested at one of our PCR testing sites, especially if you are aged 19-24.
  • Getting vaccinated when you can.  If you are eligible, book your first appointment now
    • If you are aged 18 or over, you can now book your first dose. 
    • If you have already had your first dose, make sure you get your second - now available after an 8-week interval.
  • Taking twice weekly rapid tests to ensure you are not spreading the virus without knowing.

How can I get tested?

Anyone across Kingston can now get free PCR coronavirus tests at our local test sites, whether or not you have any symptoms. We are especially urging everyone aged 19-24 to get tested, if you are not already accessing PCR testing through your work or education setting.

There are a number of ways you can access PCR testing:

  • Book at any of our local testing sites by visiting www.nhs.uk/Get-Tested (when booking, select “do not have symptoms” and then “I was asked to take a test by the Local Authority.")
  • Free PCR tests are also available to all at the Market House test site in central Kingston. You can simply turn up to get your test, or you can use this booking form for the Market House.
  • You can visit one of the Mobile Testing Units across the borough. No appointment is needed for these sites.
  • All secondary staff and pupils and their households, along with primary and nursery staff and their households, will be offered PCR home testing kits
  • Pop-up testing sites will be set up in the areas of Kingston with the highest rates of coronavirus

Visit here for a full list of our testing sites. Most people get their result the next day, but it may take up to 3 days.

Increased testing in schools and workplaces

We are currently seeing the steepest rises in younger age groups. To address this, around 90,000 PCR home test kits will be delivered to schools, nurseries, Kingston University, Kingston College, as well as key workplaces across the borough. 

It’s through our combined and continued commitment that we will overcome the burden of coronavirus we have all lived with for so long - and return to a more settled way of life again. So, Kingston, let’s keep going! 

Walk in vaccinations

This Friday, 25 June, 10.30am-6pm, there is a vaccination walk-in session at Kingston Mosque. No need to book, simply turn up to Kingston Mosque, 55 East Road, KT2 6EJ, if you:

  • Are eligible for your first dose of the vaccine or;
  • You are due your second dose of AstraZeneca, and had your first dose before mid-April.

From Tuesday 22 to Sunday 27 June 2021, 8am-7.45pm, there will also be walk-in sessions at Hawks Road Vaccination Centre. This walk-in session is for 1st and 2nd doses of the AstraZeneca. Your second dose should be at least 8 weeks after your first.

You can view all the latest information about any walk-in vaccination clinics on SWL NHS's website.

We will be updating this page with more information about our increased testing and vaccination offers. 

We will continue to look at ways of making testing and vaccinations available at more venues across the borough, and to ensure they are as easy as possible for everyone  to access.

If you test positive for coronavirus, we can support you through the Kingston Stronger Together hub. Go to www.kingston.gov.uk/Covid19-needhelp for more information.

Last Modified: 22/06/2021 09:47:58