Symptom-free PCR tests for 18-29 year olds
Find out where to get additional symptom-free PCR tests for Covid-19 and how the tests work.
Covid cases are rising fastest in younger people in Brighton & Hove so we’re asking everyone aged 18 to 29 to take a symptom-free PCR test.
We’re got mobile test sites available so you can drop-in and test while you’re out and about at:
- Peace Statue, Hove seafront, BN3 2WN (usually open 12noon until 7pm)
- Jubilee Square, Jubilee Street, Brighton BN1 1GE (usually open 10am until 5pm Monday to Saturday, and 11am until 5pm Sunday)
Please note: the test site at Jubilee Square is closed on Thursday 15 July.
Why you need to test
Cases are rising fastest in younger people.
We know the vaccine is working well against the virus, but many in this group are not fully vaccinated yet. There are still vulnerable people who could become very unwell if they get Covid.
One in three people have Covid without realising. Symptom-free PCR testing will accurately find these cases so anyone with the virus can self-isolate and stop the spread.
Everyone aged 18 to 29 should test.
If those that are socialising or working in bars, cafes, restaurants and pubs get a symptom-free PCR test, they’ll know you’re not spreading the virus to others.
Please don't get a test if:
- you have tested positive for Covid in the last 90 days
- you have any symptoms of Covid-19. Please self-isolate and book a symptomatic test.
How the test works
You’ll take a swab of your nose and throat which will be sent away to be processed in a lab. You’ll get your results by text or email in a couple of days.
PCR tests and LFD home testing kits
LFD stands for Lateral Flow Device. These rapid tests are only used for people without symptoms. They give a quick result using a device similar to a pregnancy test.
PCR stands for Polymerase Chain Reaction. These tests are processed in a lab.
You should continue to take LFD (rapid) tests twice a week at home. These can be ordered online or picked up from most pharmacies.
This is an extra opportunity to drop in and get a symptom-free PCR test while you’re out and about.
PCR tests are not usually used for people without symptoms but special measures are being put in place to accurately detect positive cases. The tests are good at picking up infection and will help to keep people safe as the vaccination programme continues to roll out.
What to do if you have Covid symptoms
If you have any symptoms of Covid-19 this is not the right test for you. You must self-isolate immediately and book a coronavirus test.
Please do not attend the Peace Statue or Jubilee Square mobile testing units if you have symptoms. These are only for people without symptoms.
Getting a positive result
Don’t worry, if you test positive there’s financial help available if you will lose your pay by having to self-isolate, as well as practical or wellbeing support.