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More adults in Greater Victoria and across the province can now pick up free COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits at local community pharmacies.

According to the BC government, starting March 21st, those aged 30 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.

On March 15th, it was announced the age requirements had changed, with residents 40 years and up able to pick up the tests.

Now, residents aged 30 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 more than 2.5 million tests from the federal government in the next few weeks.


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