What are the new guidelines for people who get Covid in Sheffield from 1 April?

Sheffield City Council has revealed recent changes to Covid guidelines, including the closure of PCR testing sites.

You will no longer be able to book a PCR test after the 30 March as all sites are due to be decommissioned and returned to their owners.  Additionally, LFD tests will no longer be free to the public after 1 April, despite the Community Covid Hub still taking place until June.  

PCR Testing

Following the recent government guidelines, PCR testing sites are due to close by 30 March.  However, a couple of sites have already shut their doors in Sheffield, including sites in Sharrow and Upperthorpe.  The public are still able to book tests but only up until the end of this month, when the sites are returned back to their original states.  

Individuals who are considered high-risk will still be able to access priority PCR testing.

The end of contact tracing on 24 February resulted in less people requiring a PCR test.  Previously, an individual would be required to take a test if they had recently been in contact with someone with the virus.

Community Covid Hub

The Community Covid Bus and hub will continue to run at Moor Market until June.  They can be used to access LFD tests, however these will only be available up until 1 April, and aid in the booking of vaccinations.  They will also be able to answer any general questions about community support.  

If you wish to access the Community Covid Bus, it will be in these following locations in the next month:

  • Meadowhall (18 March)
  • Fitzalan Square (19 March)
  • Fargate Street (20 March)

The Community Covid Hub will be open at Moor Market Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

The Moor Market Vaccination clinic will be open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 3pm.

Anyone aged 12 and above is able to receive any of the doses required if they are eligible.   

Children’s Clinics

The 1st, 2nd, 3rd and booster vaccines are available for clinically vulnerable children aged between 12 -15.  No appointment is required, instead patients are asked to vist Pink Outpatients at Sheffield Children’s Hospital Main Entrance.

This drop-in clinic will be available on Friday 18 March, 5:30 – 8pm. 

Anyone with queries should email the Sheffield Children’s Trust at scn-tr.covidvaccine@nhs.net

 

Written by Freya Hodge

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