British Columbia is making rapid antigen test kits for COVID available to people aged 30 and over at community pharmacies.
Eligible people can pick up a kit of five tests every 28 days free of charge from participating pharmacies. Individuals must present their personal health insurance number when picking up the kit. If other people are picking up kits on their behalf, in addition to the person’s name and personal health number, the date of birth must be provided, the province said.
Individuals should obtain a test kit when they do not show symptoms of illness to use later when they show symptoms of illness. Testing guidelines continue to state that tests should be used for symptomatic people.
As of March 17, nearly 7.6 million tests have been shipped to pharmacy distributors with more than 2.3 million rapid tests distributed at more than 1,300 participating pharmacies. In all priority populations and pharmacies, more than 30.2 million tests have been distributed.
British Columbia expects to receive more than 2.5 million tests from the federal government in the coming weeks, which will support the province’s strategy to distribute more tests to members of the wider community.