Rapid tests available free to all adults at B.C. pharmacies

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Free COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits are now available through pharmacies to all adults in B.C.

As of March 23, 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.

As of March 21, almost 7.8 million tests have been shipped to pharmacy distributors, with over 2.7 million rapid tests dispensed through more than 1,300 participating pharmacies, according to the ministry.

The B.C. government expects to receive 4.4 million tests from the federal government in March and early April.

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