CORONAVIRUS/More free COVID-19 rapid tests for kids to be handed out in July

06/27/2022 03:51 PM
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Taipei, June 27 (CNA) The government will provide more free COVID-19 rapid antigen tests in July for children under the age of 7 years, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Monday.

Starting July 1, families with children born on or after Sept. 2, 2015 will be eligible to collect the free tests at any of the approximately 5,000 designated pharmacies participating in the government's rapid test rationing program.

Five free rapid tests will be allocated for each child in the under-7 age category, the CECC said, adding that parents must show the child's health insurance (NHI) card at the pharmacy.

In the first round of free test distribution in June, some 780,000 families with children under the age of 7 years received free rapid test kits, accounting for 60 percent of the eligible age group, according to the CECC.

Families that obtained free tests in June can do so again in July, the CECC said. In addition, they can buy tests under the government's rationing program, once they present the child's NHI card, the CECC said.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)

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