Sun. Jun 16th, 2024

In another sign the pandemic is not over, the NSW Government has extended a program to make rapid antigen tests (RATs) for COVID-19 free for those with a concession card until April 30.

Minister for Families and Communities and Minister for Disability Services Natasha Maclaren-Jones said the NSW Government has already distributed more than two million free RATs to vulnerable communities, ensuring they have access to the help they need.

“Vulnerable communities should not need to worry about the cost of RATs. They need to be able to take a test when they feel sick or exposed to COVID-19 so they can seek medical help as quickly as possible,” Mrs Maclaren-Jones said.

“The Liberal and Nationals Government is committed to easing cost of living pressures, and ensuring those most vulnerable to the virus can detect it early so they can receive the medical help they need.”

This builds on the millions of tests already available to vulnerable and multicultural communities, homelessness services, social housing tenants, children and young people in out-of-home care, and Commonwealth Concession Card holders.

Minister for Multiculturalism and Minister for Seniors Mark Coure said the extension of the program gives Commonwealth Concession Card holders in NSW greater certainty. 

“By extending this program we are taking away the stress for these communities of needing to pay for Rapid Antigen Tests,” Mr Coure said.

“They will be able to continue accessing the tests for free until the end of April and keep themselves and their families safe.”

Eligible Commonwealth Concession Card holders in NSW can access 10 Rapid Antigen Tests until 30 April 2023.

Tests are available through neighbourhood and community centres including Armidale Neighbourhood Centre, Tamworth Family Support, Guyra Neighbourhood Centre, Glen Innes & District Information Centre, and Service NSW centres across the region. To find one near you, visit www.dcj.nsw.gov.au/rapid-tests.  

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