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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

NSW Govt boosts free RAT rollout

The NSW Government has today announced it will provide free rapid antigen tests (RATs) to vulnerable communities and expand its existing program to include those accessing tests through the Federal Government’s Concessional Access Program, which was due to finish at the end of the month.

Premier Dominic Perrottet (pictured) said the NSW Government was committed to ensuring vulnerable communities have the support they need through winter.

“We are making sure those people who need it most get the help they need to help keep themselves and the community safe through winter by stepping in and providing free rapid antigen tests,” Mr Perrottet said.

Minister for Multiculturalism and Minister for Seniors, Mark Coure said the expanded program would allow eligible Commonwealth Concession Card holders in NSW to access 10 rapid antigen tests over three months up until 31 October 2022.

“The NSW Government has already been distributing free rapid antigen tests to vulnerable communities, and we have the capacity to extend this to those still needing them through the Federal Government’s program,” Mr Coure said.

“There is no need to rush or panic about whether or not you will be able to access tests—we have enough tests to support you.”

Minister for Families and Communities and Minister for Disability Services, Natasha Maclaren-Jones said the decision to expand the program to include those currently eligible under the soon to end Federal scheme, was about keeping people safe.

“We want to keep the pressure off the state’s most vulnerable as much as possible, and the expansion of this program is a key way for us to do that,” Mrs Maclaren-Jones said.

Tests will be available through 210 neighbourhood and community centres located across the state.

For more information and to find neighbourhood and community centres providing rapid antigen tests, visit Free rapid antigen tests for people with disability and the immunocompromisedlaunch.

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