Last updated: 29/09/2021
Local information on finding your nearest vaccination or test centre
Collect test kits to do at home, from:
- any of the 47 libraries in Suffolk
- over 130 pharmacies in Suffolk
- the regional testing centre at Copdock, near Ipswich
- the local testing centres in Ipswich (Portman Road car park) or Lowestoft (Belvedere Road car park)
- Order test kits to use at home, online from Gov.uk or call NHS 119.
- Your workplace may be offering rapid testing, speak to your employer
More information: Regular rapid coronavirus tests if you do not have symptoms
**However, if you have one of the following symptoms you must book a symptomatic test by calling 119 or visiting www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test**
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
Book a free test by visiting www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call NHS 119 if you have symptoms.
There are four ways you can currently get tested in Suffolk:
- Book an appointment at the Regional Testing Site at Copdock, near Ipswich
- Book an appointment at a Local Testing Site (Bury St Edmunds, central Ipswich or Lowestoft)
- Book an appointment at a Mobile Testing Unit, there are a number of sites across Suffolk
- Request a Home Testing Kit, delivered to your home
Regional Testing Site at Copdock, near Ipswich
A regional testing site for Suffolk and surrounding areas can be found at the London Road Park and Ride, Copdock, Ipswich. It is open from 8am to 8pm, every day. Appointments can be booked by visiting the Gov.uk website or calling NHS 119.
Local Testing Sites
These are a walk-through coronavirus testing sites. Appointments can be booked by visiting the Gov.uk website or calling NHS 119.
- Bury St Edmunds - Olding Road depot, West Suffolk House, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3TA. It is It is open from 8am to 8pm, every day (opened 13 September 2021)
- Ipswich - Portman Road car park, IP1 2AN. It is open from 8am to 8pm, every day
- Lowestoft - Belvedere Road car park, NR33 0PH. It is open from 8am to 8pm, every day
Mobile Testing Units (MTUs) in Suffolk
MTUs regularly visit different towns around Suffolk, these are listed below in alphabetical order. Dates are for 2021 and subject to change, please check back regularly. Units are open from 9am to 3pm, unless stated otherwise. Appointments can be booked by visiting the Gov.uk website or calling NHS 119.
99.9% of households in Suffolk can access a testing site within a 30 minute drive.
MTUs are operated by G4S, who also run the regional testing site at Copdock, near Ipswich. The Suffolk Resilience Forum, comprising of the Suffolk’s NHS, Emergency and Public Services, plans the dates and sites.
Home Testing Kit
You can order a home test kit if you cannot get to a test site. However if you have had symptoms for 5 days, you need to go to a test site - it's too late to order a home test kit. Kits can be ordered by visiting the Gov.uk website or calling NHS 119.
List of Mobile Testing Units in Suffolk
- Beccles: Beccles Hospital, NR34 9NQ Saturday
- Bury St Edmunds: Disused recycling centre, Rougham Hill, IP33 2RW Tuesday, Friday
- Eye Hartismere Hospital, IP23 7BH Wednesday, Sunday
- Framlingham: Framlingham College Leisure Centre, College Road, IP13 9EY (10am to 3pm) Sunday
- Halesworth: North Suffolk Skills Centre, IP19 8PY Saturday
- Haverhill: Meadows Car Park, Ehringshausen Way, CB9 0JU Monday, Thursday
- Leiston: Leiston Leisure Centre, IP16 4LS (10am to 2pm) Thursday
- Lowestoft: Dipp Farm Playing Fields, Corton Road, Lowestoft, NR32 4PR Monday, Wednesday, Friday
- Sudbury: Great Cornard Sports Centre, Head Lane, CO10 0JS (10am to 2pm) Wednesday, Saturday
COVID-19 vaccines are available for:
- everyone aged 16 or over
- all children aged 12 to 15 will be offered a 1st dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Parents and guardians will get a letter with information about when the vaccine will be offered. Most children will be given their vaccine at school
- Children and young people (12-17 years) COVID-19 Vaccination in Waveney and Norfolk
If you're aged 16 or over you can book your COVID-19 vaccine nhs.uk/CovidVaccination
For all local vaccination information please see: https://sneevaccine.org.uk
Check out this video from Suffolk and North East Essex (SNEE) CCG
You may be asked for your NHS number to have your covid vaccination
Before you start
You will need your name, date of birth and postcode. You will be sent a text, email or letter with your NHS number.
If you are using this service for someone else, enter their information. They will be sent their NHS number.
It may take a week or two for your body to build up some protection from the first dose of vaccine. Like all medicines, no vaccine is completely effective, so you should continue to take recommended precautions to avoid infection. Some people may still get COVID-19 despite having a vaccination, but this should be less severe.
The vaccine cannot give you COVID-19 infection, and a full course will reduce your chance of becoming seriously ill. We do not yet know whether it will stop you from catching and passing on the virus, but we do expect it to reduce this risk. So, it is still important to follow the guidance in your local area to protect those around you.
The NHS will never charge for a coronavirus vaccine, so anyone claiming to offer you a booking over the phone or online who asks for payment or bank details is attempting to scam you.
- HMRC is aware of a phishing campaign telling customers they can claim a tax refund to help protect themselves from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Do not reply to the email and do not open any links in the message.
- HMRC is aware of coronavirus (COVID-19) SMS scams telling customers they can claim a ‘goodwill payment’. Do not reply to the SMS and do not open any links in the message.
- HMRC is aware of a SMS scam which states you will be fined £250 for leaving the house more than once. The message asks recipients to call an 0800 telephone number to appeal. Do not reply to the SMS or call the phone number listed.
** Report scams to Suffolk Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133 **
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