Boots is selling lateral flow tests, following the government’s announcement that mass free testing will end from the start of April.
Tests are available to order online from Boots.com from today, at £5.99 for one or £17 for a pack of four, including delivery by Royal Mail within two days.
Boots said customers would be able to send the tests on to the UK Health Security Agency, to report a negative result if they needed to, but they could not be used to obtain a negative antigen test certificate for travel.
Cheaper tests, without the option to send the results to the UKHSA, will be sold online and in over 400 Boots stores from early March. These will cost £2.50 for one or £12 for a pack of five. If bought online, Boots.com’s standard delivery charges – £3.75 for orders under £25, rising to £4.95 for guaranteed next day – will apply.
It follows PM Boris Johnson’s announcement at Monday’s Downing Street press conference that free symptomatic and asymptomatic testing for the general public will end from 1 April.
Asif Aziz, Boots UK director of healthcare services, said: “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.”