Rapid antigen tests

This is an Easy Read fact sheet about taking a COVID-19 rapid antigen test.


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Rapid antigen tests


A rapid antigen test is a fast way to check if
you have COVID-19. 


You can do a rapid antigen test at home. 


You can buy rapid antigen tests at:


  • pharmacies




  • supermarkets.  

When should you do a rapid antigen test?


You can do a rapid antigen test if you have any COVID-19 symptoms.


A symptom is a sign that you might be sick.

You might:


  • see symptoms
  • feel symptoms.


We have Easy Read information
about COVID-19 symptoms on our website.


You should also do a rapid antigen test if:


  • someone you live with has COVID-19



  • you spent a lot of time with someone who has COVID-19.



You can also do a rapid antigen test if you’re
going somewhere:


  • with lots of people


  • where people might be at high risk of catching COVID-19.


Each rapid antigen test comes with instructions about how to do the test.


A family member or carer can help you:

  • read the information
  • do the test.


You will get your rapid antigen test result in about 15 minutes.

What if your test says you have COVID-19?


If your rapid antigen test says you have 
COVID-19, tell your doctor.


Your doctor can help you get medicine if you need it.



A family member or carer can help
you tell us you have COVID-19.

About PCR tests

lady asking what a PCR test is

PCR (nose and throat swab) test is a way to check if you have COVID-19.

You need a form from your doctor to get a PCR test.

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To get a PCR test, you will need to take your form to a clinic to get tested there.

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A health care worker does the test for you.


You should contact your doctor for advice if you are at high risk of catching COVID-19.

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They might ask you to get a PCR test.

If they do, they will give you a form.

You will need to take this form to a clinic to get tested there.

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We have Easy Read information about PCR tests on our website.


The Disability Gateway has Easy Read information about getting a COVID-19 test.

Contact us



You can call the Service NSW COVID-19

13 77 88



You can go to our website.


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