The ACT Government is ensuring Canberrans who are most at need can continue to access COVID-19 rapid antigen tests (RATs).
From today, concession card holders who are feeling well will be able collect free RATs from their local ACT library (excluding the Heritage Library).
People with COVID-19 symptoms should collect a RAT from the Garran Surge Centre or get a PCR test at an ACT Government testing clinic.
With the Australian Government’s free RATs for pensioners scheme finishing on 31 July, ACT Health and Transport Canberra and City Services have worked together to ensure supply is continued.
Acting Minister for Health Chris Steel said Canberrans can collect up to three RATs for each person listed on their concession card.
“It is very important that people who need to take a COVID-19 test can have easy and affordable access to one,” Minister Steel said.
“This is especially true for Canberrans who are on a concession card, many of whom are also at a higher risk of worse outcomes from COVID-19.
“Libraries are conveniently located across Canberra and we are very grateful for their assistance in distributing these tests to concession card holders.”
People attending ACT Libraries are encouraged to wear a mask and physically distance as much as possible while inside the facilities.
“Do not come to an ACT Library if you have any symptoms – you should instead attend a COVID-19 testing centre,” Minister Steel said.