The B.C. government says that rapid antigen test kits will become available at B.C. pharmacies for people aged 60 and older, starting next week.
Tests will be accessible starting on Monday, March 7, according to the Province.
Eligible individuals can pick up a kit — which contains five tests — every 28 days from participating pharmacies at no cost.
The government says that in order to receive a kit, individuals will need their personal health number in addition to their name and date of birth.
“Individuals should pick up a test kit when they are asymptomatic to use at a future time when they have symptoms,” notes the government. “Guidelines for testing continue to indicate tests should be used for symptomatic individuals.”
The Ministry of Health says it has shipped 3.9 million tests to pharmacy distributors and of these, 1.8 million have been shipped to community pharmacies across the province.
B.C. is expecting to receive an additional 9 million tests from the federal government as well.