Expansion of COVID-19 Testing to Key Workers

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Those working in the haulage sector are included in the second priority group for COV-19 testing of key workers, the Scottish Government confirmed.

To manage the process Scottish Government has put those prioritised for testing into four groups. Group one includes health and social care workers, staff working in residential institutions and essential roles where service resilience is at risk.

A spokesperson said: ‘The haulage sector – as part of the national infrastructure to distribute food and essential items – is classed under priority group two.’

Annabel Turpie, director for COVID-19 testing, has written to those who qualify about ‘the UK Government Testing Programme for priority key workers in Scotland’.

Those in group three include staff directly involved in delivering other essential services, and group four includes staff involved in volunteering, or in nationally or locally significant industry important to economic sustainability and growth.

There are two ways to access the UK Testing Programme; a portal for employers who wish to assist staff with registration; and an employee portal that allows individual key workers to book a test directly themselves.

At present drive-through testing is available at: Aberdeen Airport, Glasgow Airport, Edinburgh Airport and Inverness Highland and Islands University Campus, and is for those within a 90 minute drive of the location.

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