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Monday, March 4, 2024

Free Geelong RAT supply to end

Distribution of free COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) at City of Greater Geelong Council facilities will end when existing stock runs out, the Council announced today.

This year the Council has handed out more than 663,000 free RAT kits at customer service centres, libraries and leisure centres as part of the Victorian Government’s Council COVID-19 RAT Distribution Program.

Since its beginning, the program has twice been extended by the state, enabling it to continue until 31 December this year.

“The distribution of RATs in City facilities has given the community quick and free access to COVID-19 testing,” said Deputy Mayor, Anthony Aitken.

“This has helped individuals keep themselves and their families safe during and since the pandemic, and has been especially valuable for those with vulnerable family members.

“We thank the Victorian Government for providing this program, which has been well received by the Greater Geelong community.”

Free RATs are available to all community members at the following City facilities until stock runs out:

Customer Service Centres
Corio Customer Service Centre
Drysdale Customer Service Centre
Wurriki Nyal Customer Service Centre

Libraries
Barwon Heads Library
Belmont Library
Chilwell Library
Corio Library
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre (The Dome)
Geelong West Library
Highton Library
Lara Library
Leopold Library
Newcomb Library
Ocean Grove Library
Waurn Ponds Library

Sporting and Aquatic Centres
Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre
Leisurelink Aquatic and Recreation Centre
Leisuretime Sports Precinct
Splashdown Leisure Centre

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Dr Clare Looker has advised that people are still recommended to seek a test if they display symptoms of COVID-19. RATs are available to purchase from local pharmacies and some supermarkets, while Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests can be obtained by referral from a GP.

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