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COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test

Rapid Antigen self-tests (home use tests) were approved by the TGA for supply in Australia from 1 November 2021.

 

Rapid antigen tests are quick and easy to use, and can be done at home by yourself. Most will provide you with a result in 10 to 15 minutes. It detects the protein (antigen) that the COVID-19 virus generates, which is consistent across all the different strains and variants.

 

It is recommended for use within the first 7 days of symptom onset when the viral load is at its highest, or if you have been instructed to conduct a rapid antigen test.

 

There are different types of rapid antigen self-tests that can be used at home.

Please follow the instructions in your kit, as the instructions may differ slightly from one test to another.

What to do if you test positive?

If your rapid antigen or PCR test returns a positive result you must isolate at home and you must let health authorities know. 

Follow your local health advice to register as a COVID-19 positive case:

Follow the governments guidance on what to do if you test positive for COVID-19

What to do if you test negative?

 

If your rapid antigen or PCR test returns a negative result you do not need to isolate.

You must continue to follow the latest health advice and requirements of the state that you reside in.

Concession Access to Rapid Antigen Tests

 

Advantage Pharmacy stores support the Commonwealth COVID-19 Rapid Test Concessional Access Program (CRTCAP) which commenced on 24 Jan 2022.

 

The new short-term rapid antigen test concessional access program provides people with valid, eligible Commonwealth concession cards access to up to 10 free rapid antigen tests over a 3 month period (max 5 over a 1 month period).

 

Eligible cards include:

• Commonwealth Seniors Health Card

• Department of Veteran's Affairs Gold, White or Orange Card

• Health Care Card

• Low Income Health Card

• Pensioner Concession Card

 

Eligible customers will need to attend our Advantage Pharmacy store in person and present the Commonwealth concession card. You will need to give consent to our staff to record your concession card details.

We will simply need to check and confirm your details, including whether RATs have already been provided to you previously.

 

We can give you a minimum of 2 RATs for each eligible individual on the Commonwealth concession card.

You can ask for up to the monthly limit of RATs per eligible individual at any time, subject to availability in-store.

 Supervised Rapid Antigen Test Service

Available in-store now!

 

What is the supervised rapid antigen test (RAT) service?

A supervised RAT test is a self-administered RAT test performed in the presence of a pharmacist. Following the test, you will receive a certificate confirming your result, the time and date of the result and evidence that your pharmacist witnessed the result.

 

Why would I need a supervised Rapid Antigen Test (RAT)?

If you are planning to travel overseas, depending on your destination, you may need to provide a supervised RAT certificate at the time of entry. It is the responsibility of the traveller to organise the appropriate documentation to meet the criteria of the country they want to visit. It is always best to check with the airline, as requirements are ever changing.

 

Can I bring my own Rapid Antigen Test (RAT)?

No. A RAT is provided and is included in the cost of the service. In order for us to accurately supervise the test, we need to be certain that the test kit has been stored in appropriate conditions, is within expiry and that the RAT is TGA approved.

 

Please note: Inconclusive and positive results may require you to have a PCR confirmation test immediately following the result.

 

For more information, please contact your local Advantage Pharmacy** for more information.

**Participating stores only. Not all Advantage Pharmacies provide this service.