Rapid Testing – What You Need to Know
Rapid point-of-care testing is authorized by Health Canada as a tool to screen for COVID-19. These tests deliver a much faster result than the regular (PCR) testing—usually within 15-minutes—and can be used for screening purposes, particularly to help identify asymptomatic, potentially contagious individuals. Positive tests need to be followed up with a PCR test.
As part of BC’s restart plan, it is recommended that staff in long-term care and assisted living settings who are not fully immunized against COVID-19 regularly undergo rapid testing.
You can access rapid tests for free through the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). Further information can be found on the BCCDC website.
To start the process, contact the Rapid POC Testing Team at rapidPOCteam@phsa.ca to express your interest. They will then send you an application form asking for details of how many staff you wish to screen and how regularly, as well as some details about your organization. Then, if your application is approved, you will be able to order tests for collection as you need them. If you encounter any challenges with this process, you can contact our Pandemic Response Lead, Jenni Cannon (email@example.com) If you prefer, you can also buy rapid tests from alternative suppliers.
As we reopen our in-person training offer, SafeCare BC will be using rapid testing to add an extra layer of protection for those hosting, delivering and participating in our workshops. We will be asking workshop participants whether they are happy to disclose their COVID-19 vaccination status in advance.
If you a) don’t want to share your vaccination status or b) are not fully vaccinated (over 2 weeks since your second dose) you will be asked to take a rapid test on arrival to the workshop.
SafeCare BC provides the suppliers to assist organizations to locate rapid testing devices. This is not an exhaustive list, as there may be other suppliers of rapid tests.
SafeCare BC does not in any way vet or endorse the suppliers or the products they offer.
Anyone contemplating the purchase of rapid testing devices should make their own enquiries and assessments with respect to the ability and suitability of the products they purport to provide. Companies or organizations listed are not approved by nor in partnership with SafeCare BC.
Location: Mississauga, Ontario
Type of Business: Supplier
- Sars-Cov-2 Rapid COVID Antigen Test
- BD Veritor Plus (requires use of optical reader for test interpretation)
- Rapid Response COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test Device COV-19C25 (Nasal)
Certification/Status: MDEL# 3171
- Company History
- About the CEO & Founder
- Additional Information: COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test Device COV-S23
Type of Business: Supplier/Distributor/Advisor
Certification/Status: MDEL 12316 (Gertex Hosiery Inc. operating at Proprietary Innovation Labs)
- Minimum Order Quantity – 250 tests
- Delivery in 2-3 weeks from date of order
Roudel Medical & Surgical Supplies
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Type of Business: Supplier
Certification/Status: MDEL Number 4299
Additional information: Links to more information about the BD Veritor Plus System:
- Kit Contents
- Simplify COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) testing
- Power of simplicity
- BD Veritor Quick Reference Guide
- Minimum Order Quantity: One Veritor Analyzer and five (5) boxes of Validation Cartridges.
- Bulk order discounts available.
- Wade Halabi
- (416) 879-8660
Type of Business: Supplier, distributor, wholesaler
Certification/Status: MDEL Number 14889
- Visit Tradical for more information.
- Minimum order quantity 25 boxes (500 units).
- Aurora Chen