Rapid tests now available for people 18 and older at pharmacies in B.C.

Rapid tests now available for people 18 and older at pharmacies in B.C.

Free rapid test kits are now available to anyone 18 or older in B.C.

Starting Wednesday (March 23), those 18 and above can obtain free rapid antigen test kits at various pharmacies throughout British Columbia, the provincial government announced.

Eligible individuals can pick up one kit containing five tests every 28 days. Individuals are required to present their personal health number when picking up the kit. If an individual is picking up a kit on another person’s behalf, they must present the person’s name and personal health number, date of birth.

B.C. recommends that individuals obtain kits when they are not having symptoms of illness to use at a future time when having symptoms of illness. Individuals can submit their rapid test results to the BCCDC by visiting https://reportcovidresults.bccdc.ca/. Results, however, will not be included in any official case count released by the B.C. government.

Nearly 7.8 million tests have been shipped to pharmacy distributors with more than 2.7 million rapid tests dispensed through more than 1,300 participating pharmacies as of March 21, according to the B.C. government, which also claims that around 34.7 million tests have been distributed province-wide.

RELATED: You can submit your rapid test result to the BCCDC — but it won’t be included in B.C.’s case reports


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