Bradford Council would like to let you know that we have rising numbers of people infected with the Delta COVID-19 Variant of Concern in this area. This is the highly transmissible COVID-19 variant first identified in India. As such, I am asking for you and those who you live with to take a COVID-19 PCR test to help to protect your local community from the further spread of this new variant.
They are asking for everyone in your postcode area to get tested, even if you do not have symptoms or you have already been vaccinated.
Testing is free and easy to do
Please visit one of our enhanced testing sites as soon as you can – it is not necessary to book an appointment, just turn up. The sites are situated at:
|Lister Park Bandstand||BD9 4NS||Walk in only||Daily (starting Monday 5th June)||10am- 4pm|
|Pudsey Civic Hall||LS28 5TA||Walk in only||Daily||8am- 8pm|
|Centenary Square||BD1 1HY||Walk in only||Daily||8am- 8pm|
|University Great Horton Road||BD7 1PP||Drive through only||Daily||8am- 8pm|
|Victoria Hall, Keighley||BD21 EJN||Walk in only||Daily||8am- 8pm|
Additional pop- up testing sites will be available at a wide range of locations across the next two weeks. For the latest information on testing and locations please visit: www.bradford.gov.uk/coronavirus
If you cannot easily get to a testing site, our door-to-door team will be visiting your area shortly. They will be easy to recognise in their purple jackets and will be carrying their Bradford Council ID.
Please remember that PCR tests are very different to the Lateral Flow Tests you may already have at home. PCR tests are the only kind of test that can allow us to identify variants of COVID-19. Therefore, if you are using Lateral Flow Tests twice a week, we ask that you also have a PCR test as part of this enhanced testing initiative.
Support is available if you need to self-isolate
If you get positive test result, then please make sure you stay at home to self-isolate. If you need any help, please contact the COVID Hub on 01274 431 000 (Monday to Friday 8am-6pm). You may also be eligible for financial support – please visit our website to check.
Protect yourself, your friends and your family by getting vaccinated
Please book your vaccination as soon as it is offered to you and remember that you need both doses for it to be fully effective. If you have said no to a vaccine before, it is not too late to change your mind and it is the best way of protecting yourself against new variants. Call 119 free of charge or use the national booking service at www.nhs.uk/CovidVaccine.
Remember to act on any COVID-19 symptoms:
- a high temperature
- a new continuous cough
- a loss or change to your/their sense of smell or taste
If you or anyone in your household develops any one of these symptoms, you or they should get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible. This is true even if you or they had a negative test result through this enhanced testing initiative before your or their symptoms developed.
We must continue to do the simple things which stop the virus spreading
Finally, please continue to do the simple actions which protect us all. Wash hands, wear face coverings, make space and meet in the fresh air to help stop the spread of COVID-19.