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People over 40 can now pick up free rapid antigen test kits at BC pharmacies


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 today (March 15th), those aged 40 years and older are eligible to receive one kit containing five tests every 28 days at participating pharmacies.

It was back on February 25th when no-cost rapid antigen test kits were first distributed to British Columbians, starting with those 70 years and up.

By March 10th, health officials said four million tests had been shipped to pharmacy distributors across the province, with more on the way.

“BC is expecting to receive more than four million tests from the federal government in the next three weeks, which will support the province’s strategy to further distribute tests to members of the broader community,” states a press release.

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.

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