The NSW Government will provide free Rapid Antigen Tests to vulnerable communities and expand its existing program to include those accessing tests through the Federal Government’s Concessional Access Program, which is due to finish at the end of the month.
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.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Adam Crouch said the NSW Government is committed to making sure no one is left behind and ensuring vulnerable communities have the support they need through winter.
“These tests will be available at designated neighborhood and community centres across our region. Including, Central Coast Community Council in Bateau Bay, Berkeley Vale Neighborhood Centre, Green Point/ Terrigal Community Centre, Kariong Neighborhood Centre and many more,” Mr Crouch 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.”
The NSW Government has already made millions of Rapid Antigen Tests available to vulnerable communities, including multicultural communities, people with disability and their carers, homelessness services, social housing tenants, and children and young people in out-of-home care.
“We want to keep the pressure off the most vulnerable as much as possible, and the expansion of this program is a key way for the NSW Government to do that,” Mr Crouch said.
“Access to these tests is also important for these groups as early diagnosis and treatment are vital given the higher risks for these cohorts to COVID-19.”
Tests will be available through 210 neighborhood and community centres located across the state.
For more information and to find neighborhood and community centres providing Rapid Antigen Tests, visit www.dcj.nsw.gov.au/rapid-tests