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How do I get a Rapid Antigen Test in Kapiti?


Getting a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) in Kapiti is simple - if you know how! This article outlines who can get a free test; when you should get a test; how to access free RATs and how to obtain a RAT if you don't meet the criteria for a free test.


Detailed information is available on the Ministry of Health's Covid19 website :


Testing and tracing | Unite against COVID-19 (covid19.govt.nz)






When should you get a test?

If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms (see below) you should get a test. If you are a household contact of someone with COVID-19 If you live with a person who has COVID-19, you need to get a test on their Day 3 and Day 10 of self-isolation.


If you are a close contact, you do not need to get a test unless you develop symptoms.



Who can get a free test?

A COVID-19 test is free if it is part of the public health response. This includes if you:

  • have symptoms - see below

  • are a Household Contact of someone who has Covid19

  • are a critical worker and need a test to go to work

  • are part of the healthcare and emergency service workforce

  • require a test for domestic travel or to attend court

  • do a job where mandatory testing applies

  • have been told to get one by a health professional.


How do I get a RAT in Kapiti?


If you meet the criteria above, you need to place an order either by free phone call to


0800 222 478 or on line at


https://requestrats.covid19.health.nz


You can collect the RATs you have ordered at a Community Collection site. In Kapiti these are at :


Waikanae Rugby Club,

100 Ngarara Road,

Waikanae


Life Pharmacy Coastlands,

Coastlands Shoppingtown, State Highway 1,

Paraparaumu


Check the Covid19 website for today's opening times.


Getting a test from your doctor

Your doctor may also offer COVID-19 tests. Call them to find out and follow their advice.


COVID-19 symptoms


Symptoms can include one or more of the following:

  • a new or worsening cough

  • sneezing and runny nose

  • a fever

  • temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste

  • sore throat

  • shortness of breath.

Less common symptoms may include:

  • diarrhoea

  • headache

  • muscle pain or body aches

  • nausea

  • vomiting

  • malaise — a general feeling of discomfort, illness or unease

  • chest pain

  • abdominal pain

  • joint pain

  • confusion or irritability.

These less common symptoms almost always occur with one or more of the common symptoms. Having these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have COVID-19. The symptoms are like other illnesses that are much more common, such as colds and flu.


Shortness of breath is a sign of possible pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention.

If you have any of these symptoms, contact your doctor, Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or your iwi health provider.

Getting a test for other reasons

People at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 can get a free test from their doctor or community health provider. They will decide which type of test is best for you.

If you want to get a test for another reason — for example, because you are visiting friends or whānau — you can now buy a RAT at retail outlets including some supermarkets, pharmacies and others.