Public urged to book Covid tests rather than walk in without appointment
You can book a slot online.
The HSE has appealed to the public to book Covid tests rather than walk in without an appointment.
Officials at the HSE have noted that demand for testing has surged by 35% in the last few days, leading to longer wait times on-site, which could be avoided by making appointments online.
The HSE website advises that “you can get a PCR test if you have not had a positive COVID-19 PCR test in the last 9 months. Only get another test if you have symptoms of COVID-19.” Otherwise, testing is entirely open to the public and you can refer yourself for a test online.
Speaking to RTÉ, a representative for the HSE said “To reduce queues, we would like people to book an online appointment rather than walk up.” It was further clarified that online bookings can handle up to 20,000 tests a day, nationally.
“We expect anyone who wishes to get tested can get a test same day, depending on what time they book.”
The HSE also sought to make it clear that the advice is not being given with the aim of reducing demand for tests, rather reducing inefficiency and waiting times on-site, by streamlining the process. 1,470 new cases of Covid were confirmed in Ireland yesterday.