Rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 in Newcastle: Free tests for concession card holders roll out leaves Newcastle pharmacists with unanswered questions

Simon McCarthy
By Simon McCarthy
Updated January 23 2022 - 3:21am, first published January 22 2022 - 7:00am

Pharmacists fear they'll be left holding the ball for the cost of federal and state government plans to provide free rapid antigen tests (RATs) to concession card holders, as details of the scheme's roll-out remain unclear and wholesalers' stocks run out amid rampant demand, forcing chemists to purchase tests up to a month in advance of delivery from smaller less reliable sources.

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Simon McCarthy

Simon McCarthy

Digital Journalist, Newcastle Herald

Simon McCarthy is a digital journalist working at the Newcastle Herald in NSW. He writes and produces video and multimedia for the Herald and Herald Weekender magazine, and co-produces the Toohey's News podcast. McCarthy has worked as a journalist in regional NSW since 2013. He joined the newsroom of the Newcastle Herald in 2017 from the Northern Daily Leader in Tamworth where he worked from 2015 to 2016.

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