Tasmanian Government expands access to Rapid Antigen Tests

Covid-19 RAT
Covid-19 RAT

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is increasing the accessibility for free Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) across Tasmania via Service Tasmania over the coming weeks.

As the current Federal Government Program providing free RATS for concession card holders ends, the Tasmanian Government will expand free access to RATS for concession card holders.

From August 1, pharmacies will no longer distribute free RATs for concession card holders. Instead, Service Tasmania will be the new distribution point to get free RATs if you are a concession card holder.

The same eligibility and product limits apply: 10 RATs over a 3-month period and a maximum of 5 per month. Eligible card holders include:

Commonwealth Seniors Health Card;
Health Care Card;
Low Income Health Care Card;
Pensioner Concession Card; and
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold, White or Orange card.
There are 27 service centres located around Tasmania. To find the nearest centre call 1300 13 55 13 or visit www.service.tas.gov.au.

Concession card holders seeking to collect their free RATs from Service Tasmania centres will need to show:

your physical card; or
your digital card in the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.
Importantly, RATs continue to be available for free for Tasmanians who have symptoms or are a close contact and can be collected from State Government distribution centres, or delivered to people who live in regional and rural areas of the State – regardless of their concession card status.

RATs can be requested online by visiting www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au or by calling the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

The current definition of a close contact is:

anyone who lives with or stays overnight in the same premises as a case (which is someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 using a RAT or PCR test); or
anyone who has spent more than 4 hours in a residential setting with a confirmed case during their infectious period. The infectious period of a case is two days prior to developing symptoms or two days prior to when they tested positive if they did not have symptoms.
If you have been classed as a close contact of a positive COVID case, you can collect the necessary number of RATs for the 7-day period for free from state-run distribution centres by completing a RAT request form on the coronavirus website or by calling the Public Health Hotline.

Those unable to access one of these established collection points may be able to have them delivered to their home instead.

If you get a positive result on a RAT you must notify Public Health by registering your RAT on the coronavirus Website or by calling the Public Health Hotline.

PCR tests also remain freely available at state-run testing clinics for those symptomatic or close contacts, and results are usually provided within 48 hours.

If you need help or support, call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

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