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COVID-19 testing programme

About our testing strategy

Testing is important to make sure that new cases of COVID-19 are identified so we can break the chain of coronavirus being passed on to other people. Our testing will help us prevent the spread of the virus. We will do this by:

  • strongly encouraging anyone with symptoms to self-isolate and arrange a test immediately
  • identifying all direct contacts of positive cases, testing them and requiring them to self-isolate
  • testing new admissions to all enclosed communities (e.g. hospital and care homes)
  • regularly testing those workforces considered higher risk of catching or transmitting the virus
  • testing all new arrivals at the border, and requiring isolation for travellers based on the most up-to-date Safer Travel Public Health guidance

Workforce testing programme

As part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we're expanding the COVID-19 workforce testing programme. Testing is important to make sure that new cases of COVID-19 are identified so we can break the chain of coronavirus being passed on to other people. Testing will help us prevent new clusters and outbreaks of the virus.

The expanded workforce testing programme will proactively test for COVID-19 in work groups where workers are more likely to:

  • be a positive case because of where they work
  • transmit the virus to vulnerable individuals or enclosed communities

Who can take part

If you work in Jersey and your type of work falls within any of the categories listed below, you are eligible to take part in the workforce testing programme.

Group A+: tested every week or two weeks

  • frontline health and community services staff: every week
  • non-frontline health and community staff: every 2 weeks

Group A: tested every 4 weeks

  • ambulance staff
  • dental practices
  • domiciliary and care agencies
  • Family Nursing and Homecare
  • fire and rescue
  • General Practice (GP surgeries)
  • Honorary Police
  • Jersey Hospice Care
  • prison service
  • residential and care Homes
  • States of Jersey Police

Group B: tested every 6 weeks

  • early years and childcare
  • schools and colleges
  • children's social care
  • veterinary clinics

Group C: tested every 8 weeks

  • agriculture and fishing
  • building and construction
  • customs and immigration
  • domestic cleaning services
  • freight, post and delivery services
  • hospitality (hotels, restaurants and bars)
  • legal and financial services
  • leisure and recreation
  • public transport
  • public sector
  • other healthcare services including private registered health professionals
  • retail and wholesale (including motor trade and repair)
  • security and facilities management
  • utilities and infrastructure
  • voluntary and community sector
  • wellbeing, cosmetic and beauty
  • worship, funeral and marriage

If you have more than one job, only one of your roles needs to fit with one of the work categories listed. If you're still unsure if you're eligible for the workforce testing programme, call the coronavirus helpline 0800 735 5566.

How often you'll be tested

Depending on which group your type of work comes under, you will be tested as follows:

  • Group A+: once every 1 to 2 weeks
  • Group A: once every 4 weeks
  • Group B: once every 6 weeks
  • Group C: once every 8 weeks

Worker categories are reviewed on a regular basis and may be tested more or less frequently, based on the ongoing level of risk of transmission of COVID-19 in each worker group. The latest worker group list can be found here. 

How to book

If you're in Group A+ or Group A, you should contact your line manager for further information.

For Group B and C, call the coronavirus helpline to book your test on 0800 735 5566.

You'll be asked to provide information on your:

  • category of work
  • some basic personal details

You'll receive an email confirmation with your appointment date and time. If you need to make any changes to your appointment or have any questions, call the coronavirus helpline on 0800 735 5566.

The test centre

Workforce testing for Groups B and C will take place at the drive-through testing facility based at the Elizabeth Terminal, St Helier (the Harbour). The operating hours for workforce testing are:

  • Monday to Friday, 11:30am to 7pm
  • Saturday 8.30am to 4pm

A walk-through facility is also available if you do not have your own transport or would prefer arrive on foot.

You can travel to your test appointment as part of a group if all are people you currently work or live with.

Upon arrival, you will be asked to confirm your details. 

You need to arrive at the time you have been given for your appointment; time slots for tests are specific and arriving either too early or too late could mean you have to queue or miss your appointment. 

You will need to:

If you have symptoms

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    Don't attend your workforce test if you have any COVID-19 symptoms. Call the helpline on 0800 735 5566

The test

The test is a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) swab and will involve a swab being taken from the back of your throat and your nose and this will be sent for virology testing. The test takes 5 minutes to complete.

You cannot swab yourself.

You do not have to isolate whilst waiting for your result.

Test results

On average results should be sent to you within 48 hours.

This is a voluntary programme and it is your decision as to whether you wish to be tested. Results will not be shared with your employer unless required under the Jersey Law - Covid-19 (Screening, Assessment and Isolation) (Jersey) Regulations 2020, at which point all results will be anonymised.

If you test positive

If you test positive a member of the Contact Tracing team will be in touch to advise that you that you have tested positive.

They will explain what this means and what action you need to take and will also ask for details of anyone you have been in contact with.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will need to isolate along with members of their household. Following a positive test, a contact tracing process will be followed.

You can claim isolation benefit if you need to self-isolate and can't work in relation to the latest Government advice on coronavirus.

You will need to contact your employer and inform them that you are required to isolate.

If you test negative

If you test negative, you will receive a text message to confirm this. You will not be provided with a certificate confirming your negative result.

Questions, concerns or complaints

If you are unhappy about any aspect of your treatment and wish to complain you can do this by contacting the coronavirus helpline on 0800 735 5566.

Workforce testing participant information sheet

Posters for print

Workforce testing posters for print in different languages

Lateral flow testing for businesses and workplaces

About lateral flow testing

Lateral flow antigen testing is available alongside standard lab-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. These tests play a different, but crucial, role in the fight against COVID-19.

Lateral flow device (LFD) testing is a fast and simple way to test people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19, but who may still be spreading the virus. In some circumstances lateral flow tests can also be used for other diagnostic tasks.

The tests are easy to use and give results in 20 to 30 minutes. Those who test positive must immediately self-isolate to avoid passing the virus on to others.

The test kit is a hand-held device with an absorbent pad at one end and a reading window at the other. Inside the device is a strip of test paper that changes colour in the presence of COVID-19 proteins (antigens).

The result from a lateral flow test can't be used for travel (vaccine passport) and is not the equivalent of PCR test.

Sectors taking part

Current sectors who can take part:

  • hospitality
  • retail
  • agriculture and fisheries
  • freight and delivery service
  • wellbeing, cosmetic and beauty
  • vets
  • early years nursery staff

The testing programme for schools is a separate programme.

PCR testing

If you're in group B of the workforce testing programme (schools, early years, vets) then you'll still be offered 6 weekly PCR test.

If you're in group C of the workforce testing programme you'll no longer be offered 8 weekly PCR test, unless your sector is not included in the lateral flow testing programme.

More information about the lateral flow testing programme and how to register

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