COVID-19 Rapid Test Kits in Pharmacies

Updated on November 15, 2023 (Originally posted on February 23, 2022)

There are now about 1,400 community pharmacies in B.C. distributing COVID-19 Rapid Test Kits free of charge to eligible British Columbians. These kits are rapid antigen tests that work by detecting the antigens (proteins) of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Each kit comes with five take-home tests. These kits are free and anyone can ask for a kit without having to have to show ID. Visitors to pharmacies can also pick up a kit for someone else. Pharmacies will hand out kits one at a time. Patients are advised to keep the test kits at 2C to 30C.

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Instructions on how to use these kits at home are available on the BC Centre for Disease Control website.

For further information about rapid testing, translated versions of this guide and videos of how to perform the test, use the QR code below or visit:

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