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Testing crucial tool in the fight against Covid-19

RAPID Covid-19 Testing for those without symptoms (asymptomatic cases) will play a key role in helping us tackle the pandemic, Health Minister Robin Swann has said.

The Minister explained, “By participating in Rapid Testing, employers are protecting their workforces and their families; protecting customers, promoting consumer and supplier confidence; and helping to build economic recovery.

“To date, over 850 private sector businesses in NI have already contacted the Department of Health to register an interest in the programme. This is a positive step, but I would encourage more businesses to avail of the free Lateral Flow Tests and implement Rapid Testing in their workplace. We are extremely fortunate in Northern Ireland to be in a position to have access to a steady supply of effective rapid testing kits.”

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The Minister added, “I would urge business leaders to make full use of this opportunity and use it as an additional tool to manage the virus in the workplace, and support their business recovery plans.

“I would like to commend the leadership and initiative shown by EHA Group in implementing an Assisted Testing Site for their employees.”

Launched in March 2021, the NI SMART Testing Programme is currently rolling out free rapid testing across NI. The workforce testing programme has seen strong interest from businesses in the public, private and 3rd sector across Northern Ireland, with over 1,037 expressions of interest from organisations representing almost 129,827 employees.

In addition, small businesses or organisations with 10 or less employees have a number of options to access free rapid LFD tests. These include:

  • Community based assisted testing site (ATS)
  • Community based collection site
  • Home delivery of tests

More information and how to apply for workplace testing is available on our website

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