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Coronavirus: Screening

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 101852, tabled on 11 January 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support is available for people to access lateral flow tests when (a) they have tried to access lateral flow tests at their local pharmacies but they are out of stock and (b) they do not have the means to access the Government website to order tests online.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

27 January 2022

In December 2021, 280 million lateral flow tests were delivered and we have since procured new stock and increased delivery capacity. We expect to deliver 90 million tests a week across the United Kingdom, including seven million a day through GOV.UK. Those who are unable to order tests through GOV.UK should contact 119 or visit their local pharmacy. We are distributing 12 million tests a week through pharmacies in England. We expect that everyone, including those in Barnsley and County Durham, will be able to receive the tests they need.

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