Lateral flow tests RUN OUT after rush to book boosters crashes NHS website

BRITS trying to get hold of lateral flow tests through the Government'swebsite have been told there are no more left today.

All packs of Covid tests have been stripped clean from the official site, as people rushed to order in stocks ahead of Christmas.


New rules means that from tomorrow anyone who has been in contact with someone carrying the variant Omicron must test daily using a LFT for seven days.

And Brits have once more been encouraged to test themselves twice a week, or before going to any events, to make sure they aren't carrying the virus.

But people trying to order the packs have today been told: "There are no more home tests available.

"Try again later. Or, you can go back and try to book a test site appointment instead."

The Sun Online has gone to the UK Health Security Agency for comment.

Tests can still be picked up from pharmacies and test sites – but many people prefer using the Government site as they are delivered to homes.

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It comes as data revealed boosters offer up to 75 per cent protection from mild infection from Omicron.

UKHSA figures showed immunity from two doses of AstraZeneca was close to zero after six months, but a third dose with Pfizer saw protection from the super-strain rocket as high as 70 per cent.

The Sun's Jab's Army has urged Brits to come forward and have their life-saving Covid shot, with volunteers also needed to drive the rollout.

Vaccinated Brits who have contact with someone who has any Covid variant should take seven daily lateral flow tests under new government measures.

The new guidance, which kicks in from Tuesday, applies to double jabbed people as well – but the 10-day isolation period for Omicron contacts has been axed.

Unvaccinated adults must still self-isolate for 10 days if they have contact with anyone who tests positive for any Covid variant.

The new restrictions and threat of the variant meant Brits hurried to get more tests to keep checking themselves at home, and stick to the rules.

RUSH TO BOOK

It comes after the NHS website crashed as millions of Brits rush to get their booster jab following Boris Johnson's Omicron warnings last night.

Those trying to book their third vaccination online have been told since 8pm yesterday that the site is "currently experiencing technical difficulties".

After being placed in a 'queue', many users found they were unable to access the booking form at all.

The site also showed repeated error messages and 'bad gateway requests'.

Some who tried for hours to book their jab described it as "harder than getting Glastonbury tickets".

Those who urgently need medical help or advice, but are not suffering a life-threatening condition, should call 111 to speak to an adviser.

It comes after the PM vowed to make sure all eligible adults get the booster jab this month as part of a "national mission" to beat the mutation.

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The NHS in England has advised people trying to book a Covid-19 booster jab to try later or tomorrow as people face a queue on the website.

In a tweet, the health service said: "The Covid vaccine booking service is currently facing extremely high demand so is operating a queuing system.

"For users aged 18-29, please be aware that booking opens on Wednesday 15 Dec.

"For all others experiencing waits, we would advise trying again later today or tomorrow."

People will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace or be pinged on the the NHS Covid app if they have contact with anyone who has tested positive.

They will be advised to get a box of seven free lateral flow tests from NHS Test and Trace through pharmacies, schools or home delivery by ordering online.

Anyone who tests positive or who gets Covid symptoms should self-isolate and take a PCR test to verify the result.

If the PCR result is positive they must self-isolate for 10 days from the day they took the positive rapid test or developed symptoms.

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