Huge change in the race to get rapid antigen Covid tests


Australians are told they will now officially have Covid if their rapid antigen test is positive – in huge change to fight PCR chaos

  • Thousands of Aussies furious at queueing for hours to get PCR Covid test results 
  • Scott Morrison held a National Cabinet to discuss pleas to make rapid tests free
  • Federal government approve 10 free RATs for low income and vulnerable people 


Crazy queues for Covid-19 testing look set to end with the new that the Prime Minister has backtracked to make home testing kits free for millions of Australians.

Scott Morrison made the change on Wednesday afternoon, which should reduce the unpopular spectacle of anxious Aussies waiting for hours to get PCR lab tests to see if they have Omicron.

The move will allow millions of Australians to get rapid antigen tests from chemists without payment, which is expected to take the pressure off the current testing regime.

Crazy queues for Covid-19 testing look set to end with the new that the Prime Minister has backtracked to make home testing kits free for millions of Australians

The 6.6 million most vulnerable Australians will now be given free rapid Covid tests after an emergency National Cabinet agreed to make stark changes to improve the chaotic testing system.

In a press conference, Mr Morrison confirmed Australians will no longer need to seek a PCR test if they test positive on a rapid antigen test (RAT), and should count themselves as Covid positive. 

He also agreed to provide low income earners, welfare recipients and pensioners with 10 free RATs over a three-month period which can be collected from pharmacies.

Mr Morrison confirmed holders of Commonwealth seniors health cards, healthcare cards, low income cards, pension concession cards, DVA Gold cards or a DVA white cards could get the RAT tests without charge.

Scott Morrison made the change on Wednesday afternoon, which should reduce the unpopular spectacle of anxious Aussies waiting for hours to get PCR lab tests to see if they have Omicron

Scott Morrison made the change on Wednesday afternoon, which should reduce the unpopular spectacle of anxious Aussies waiting for hours to get PCR lab tests to see if they have Omicron

The Commonwealth will provide 10million rapid antigen tests to be distributed throughout the states and territories for eligible Aussies.  

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