How we're responding in tackling new variants - and what you can do to help!
Over the next five weeks, we will be stepping up our efforts to ensure that both testing and vaccinations across Hounslow are as accessible as possible to all residents.
Do your part:
- Take one PCR test during our five week surge period if you live in Hounslow
- Get vaccinated when you can
- Continue taking twice weekly rapid tests to ensure you are not spreading the virus without knowing.
Why are we asking everyone to take a PCR test?
A PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test is a swab test that goes to a laboratory for testing. A PCR test is the only way to accurately identify coronavirus and new variants.
Take a PCR test:
- Even if you are vaccinated as you could potentially still spread to people without knowing, especially those who have yet to be vaccinated or fully vaccinated
- Even if you recently did a rapid test
- If you have COVID 19 symptoms
Door to door testing!
If you live in the Brentford area, Hounslow council staff will be doing door to door testing this week. If we miss you, we will post two test kits through your door with information on how to take the test and where to drop off the test kits.
Promoting mobile PCR testing units and pop up vaccination clinics:
Our community engagement teams will be door knocking to promote mobile testing units nearby and pop up vaccination clinics.
Where to drop off your home PCR test?
If we have given you a home test kit, you can drop off these kits at Hounslow House, Isleworth Library, Heston Library and Bedfont Library. For anyone with COVID 19 Symptoms – a booking is required.
There are a variety of testing options available to Hounslow residents with coronavirus symptoms including attending a local testing site or ordering a test to be delivered to your home.
Visit our Local tests for people WITH symptoms (PCR tests) webpage to book an appointment or order a home test kit.
Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine?
In the meantime, there are a few other steps you can take:
For additional support please call: 0207 084 9697
Keep up to date by checking this page and our social media daily over the next five weeks as more details of where you will be able to access vaccinations through pop-up clinics and free testing at sites across the Borough will be published widely soon.