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Just days after announcing people 30 and over were eligible to pick up their free rapid COVID-19 test kits, the province has now made them available to anyone over 18.

Starting Wednesday, March 23rd, more adults in Greater Victoria and across the province are able to pick up free COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits at local community pharmacies.

According to the BC government, those aged 18 years and older are eligible to receive one kit containing five tests every 28 days at participating pharmacies.

In February, no-cost rapid antigen test kits were first distributed to British Columbians, starting with those 70 years and up.

In March, it was announced residents aged 40 years and up were able to pick up the tests and a week later the eligibility requirements lowered to 30 and over. 

Now, residents aged 18 and over are eligible to pick up the rapid antigen tests from their local pharmacies.

It’s noted that a personal health number must be presented when picking up a rapid antigen test kit. If picking up a kit on someone’s behalf, a name, personal health number and date of birth must also be supplied.

Officials urge people only to pick up a test kit when symptom-free, instead saving it to use at a future time when symptoms may arise.

BC is expecting to receive 4.4 million tests from the federal government in March and early April.

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