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Expanding COVID-19 Testing for Key Workers

The UK Government and the Scottish Government are expanding COVID-19 testing to key workers and members of their households across Scotland.

Health and social care workers on the frontline continue to be the top priority for testing and will continue to access testing through NHS Boards as they do currently. This testing programme is being expanded to support a ‘test and isolate’ strategy to protect workers, as called for by SCDI and others.

A new online portal will go live this week for employers in other sectors in Scotland. The portal will allow eligible employers to register their employees for a test. Key workers will then be able to book a test for themselves or members of their household if they are symptomatic.

Key workers who will now be eligible for testing include those in critical national infrastructure which is fundamental for safety and security and lifeline services; staff in other essential services; and volunteers in areas important to economic sustainability and growth.

The Scottish Government has written to employers to provide further information and guidance for employers.