This story originally said that Covid-19 tests were not available for social workers without symptoms of the disease. This was based on information provided by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).
The department said that, following the pledge to roll-out testing to social care workers, regardless of symptoms, testing was, at this stage, only being provided for care home staff, with no timescale to extend this to other social care workers, including social workers.
However, following its publication, social workers said (see comments below) that there was no problem with them accessing tests when asymptomatic, with no requirement to provide evidence of symptoms on the government’s online test booking system.
We will check the latest position with the DHSC and provide an update when we have it. We apologise for the confusion caused by the original story.
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