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Millions of Rapid Antigen Tests now made available for Vulnerable Groups

The NSW Government has announced that it will provide millions of free Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) to vulnerable cohorts to support the early identification and treatment of COVID-19.

Member for Oatley, Mark Coure said, the distribution of free RAT’s within the community was welcome and much needed.

“This is fantastic news for high-risk individuals in the community, as these RATs will help us to keep on top of the virus as we head into the winter season,” Mr Coure said.

“The free RATs will be rolled out through disability service providers and neighbourhood centres, meaning that these important tools in the fight against COVID-19 will be readily and easily accessible for those who need them.”

Minister for Families and Communities and Minister for Disability Services, Natasha Maclaren-Jones said, up to 7.9 million RATs will be available for people with a disability, children and young people in out-of-home care, vulnerable multicultural communities and Aboriginal Communities.

“We want to ensure that rapid antigen tests are easily accessible to those who need it most, to keep them safe against COVID-19 through the coming winter period,” Minister Maclaren-Jones said.

The free RATs are now being progressively rolled out at locations across the state.

Vulnerable people who test positive for COVID-19 on a RAT are reminded to confirm the test with a PCR test to enable timely access to anti-viral medications and medical support, should it be required.