Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and vaccination

Symptom-free Testing

Urgent testing for 18-29 years olds

If you’re aged 18-29 and live or work in Oxford you’re being asked to get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19). Cases are really high in the city in this age group, and we need to try and stop the spread while we wait for the impact of the vaccine to catch up.

We have three pop-up PCR testing units in the city until  Sunday 11 July. No appointment is needed at any of the three mobile units, (just walk-in):

  • South Park (St Clement’s end)
  • Outside the Blavatnik School of Government on Walton Street
  • Manzil Way Gardens, Cowley Road 

Each site is open 10am - 8pm.

Oxford Brookes and Osney Lane testing centres are also open every day from 8am to 8pm, but you need to book an appointment first.

Lateral Flow Tests

Everyone in England now has access to free rapid lateral flow device tests to use twice a week. One in three people with COVID-19 do not experience any symptoms and may be spreading the virus without knowing. Rapid testing detects cases quickly, and using these tests twice a week means that those with coronavirus can isolate immediately and reduce the spread of COVID. 

This expanded regular free testing offer for those without symptoms will be delivered through:

  • Workplace testing programmes
  • Secondary school and college testing
  • Community testing at symptom-free sites
  • Collection of home test kits from any local testing site
  • Collection of home test kits from participating pharmacies
  • A home ordering service

For further information on the options for symptom-free testing visit Oxfordshire County Council's website. 

Testing through all of these routes is free. 

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will need to self-isolate immediately and book a confirmatory PCR test. Support is available to help you self-isolate.

Coronavirus Vaccine

Pop-up clinics

Pop-up vaccine sites are offering walk-in vaccines in Oxford this week (5-9 July), for anyone aged 18 or over.

Vaccines are available without an appointent at the sites below. You do not need to bring ID (although it is helpful) 

Wed 7 to Fri 9 July

  • Iffley Road Sports Centre, OX4 1EQ - 9:30am - 7:30pm (Last entry at 7pm)
  • Oxford University Club, OX1 3SZ - 9:00am - 8pm

Saturday 10 July

  • East Oxford Health Centre, OX4 1GE -  9am - 5pm

Vaccine appointments

All adults aged 18 or over can now get vaccinated against COVID-19 on the NHS. Find out more about when, where and how you will be offered a vaccine appointment on the Oxfordshire County Council website.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.

Find out more about the coronavirus vaccine and information about vaccine safety on the NHS website.

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