Free antigen test kits provided at Oshawa GO Station gone in less than two hours

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Published December 31, 2021 at 12:06 pm

Photo by Aileen Coyle

The free antigen tests handed out at the Oshawa GO Station yesterday morning attracted big crowds and were likely all gone before nine am, according to local sources.

The test kits were distributed on a first-come, first-go basis, starting at seven a.m. The tests were handed out the day prior at the Pickering GO Station, with supplies lasting a little bit longer.

Ontario is launching a holiday testing blitz to offer voluntary rapid antigen screening to individuals free of charge at pop-up sites across the province. This initiative is part of the government’s enhanced COVID-19 testing strategy to mitigate the increased risk of transmission over the holiday season.

Throughout December to mid-January, up to two million rapid tests will be provided free of charge at pop-up sites in high-traffic locations such as malls, retail settings, holiday markets, public libraries and transit hubs.

People without symptoms of COVID-19 or people who have not had recent exposure to someone with COVID were able to pick up a package of free tests from a pop-up site, while supplies lasted, or get a free test performed on-site.

Most sites gave free away take-home rapid antigen test kits, and some offered testing on-site. Every person that received a package of tests or received a test on-site was provided with easy-to-understand information and resources about rapid antigen screening and COVID-19 vaccination.

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