Free rapid antigen tests available at pharmacies to people over 40

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British Columbians over 40 can pick up free COVID-19 rapid antigen tests at community pharmacies.

As of March 15, people can pick up a kit, containing five tests, every 28 days, according to a media release by the Ministry of Health.

People must present their personal health number when picking up a kit. If picking up for someone else, that person’s name, personal health number and date of birth must be supplied.

The ministry recommends people pick up a test kit when they are asymptomatic to use at a future time when they have symptoms.

Four million tests have been shipped to community pharmacies, according to the ministry, and 1.86 million tests have been dispensed through 1,300 pharmacies.

B.C. expects to receive over four million tests from the federal government in the next three weeks, according to the Ministry of Health.

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