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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:
Can you get a free rapid antigen test?
Some people can get free rapid antigen tests from:
- their NDIS provider
- a neighbourhood or community centre
To find a neighbourhood or community centre near you, check this list on our website:
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.
- 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
- 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, you must tell us.
You can call us.
If you tell us you have COVID-19 quickly,
you can use supports to manage your
A family member or carer can help
you tell us you have COVID-19.
When should you get a PCR test?
A PCR (nose and throat swab) test is a way to check if you have COVID-19.
You can get a PCR test at a:
- testing clinic
A health care worker does the test for you.
You should always get a PCR test if you:
- are at high risk of catching COVID-19.
And, you can also get a PCR test if you:
- don’t have rapid antigen tests at home
- can’t buy rapid antigen tests.
You can call the Service NSW COVID-19
13 77 88