Supermarkets Coles and Woolworths have confirmed they’ll stock rapid antigen tests from as early as next week in stores across New South Wales and Victoria.
“Rapid antigen testing is helping protect our distribution centre team members across Australia from Covid-19,” a Woolworths spokesperson told Broadsheet. “We’re now looking to stock at-home self-test kits, which have been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), in selected stores from early November.”
Customers can already pre-order at-home tests from Woolworths’ digital health and wellness business Healthy Life, which will be shipping rapid antigen tests from Monday November 1.
The Hough Covid-19 Home Test packs start from $30 for two, or you can get five for $50. The China-manufactured tests are one of eight tests approved by the TGA for the qualitative detection of SARS-CoV-2 antigens. The nasal swabs are intended for use by individuals aged 13 and older, or for adults to use on children aged seven and older.
At the moment, Woolies says the Hough Covid-19 Home Tests can’t be shipped to Western Australia or South Australia due to state government guidelines.
Coles confirmed as many as 700 stores will stock the 15-minute test kits from next week. A spokesperson told Broadsheet the tests would be “available for sale at Coles supermarkets and via Coles Online in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory, the ACT and Tasmania from next week.”
The Hough Pharma Covid-19 Antigen Nasal Test will be available at Coles in packs of two and five.
This is the first time rapid antigen testing will be available for at-home use. If the at-home tests are positive, people should then visit a Covid-19 testing clinic.
The TGA has said it would like to see rapid antigen test kits available at pharmacies, supermarkets, online and convenience stores. It’s thought more access to over-the-counter testing kits will help reduce exposure sites as states emerge from lockdown.