Boots launch new COVID-19 lateral flow tests as government plans to limit free testing

Boots has launched new COVID-19 lateral flow tests available to buy in stores and online.  

Following the government’s announcement to limit free testing from the 1st of April, the retailer will now offer COVID-19 lateral flow tests for asymptomatic testing.

The Boots statement says the tests will be available online from February 23rd and will cost £5.99 per test, or alternatively £17 for a pack of four – including delivery.

Starting from early March, Boots will also offer lateral flow tests across 400 stores, priced at £2.50 for an individual test or £12 for a pack of five.

If required, the test will offer the option to send results to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) to report a negative test.

Asif Aziz,  Director of Healthcare Services at Boots UK, said of the new lateral flow tests:  “We are pleased to be expanding our COVID-19 testing services even further, with affordable lateral flow testing options for those who still want peace of mind from asymptomatic testing after 1 April.  

“While it is great that we are returning to normal and finding a way to live with COVID-19, we encourage our customers and patients to stay safe and continue to take measures to limit the spread of the virus, especially to those in vulnerable groups.” 

The retailer will also continue to offer a range of private COVID-19 testing, such as pre- and post-travel testing.

In other news, Boots invited people to receive the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccination at six of its chemists; King’s college London, the University of derby and Sheffield Hallam University took part in an international trial to improve the quality of life for people with long COVID; and various institutions benefitted from a funding extension for their research into the impact of COVID-19 on the wellbeing of nurses and midwives.