What is Rapid Antigen Testing?



Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) are important screening tools to help you protect employees, customers, their families and the community where they live. It involves a nasal swab (using a small cotton bud) that is then placed into a chemical solution and the solution is tested on the receptacle, which displays a result within 10 to 15 minutes.

Not everyone who has COVID-19 will show symptoms. Studies suggest that people without symptoms may still cause COVID-19 transmission in a significant number of cases. You can help reduce the risk of outbreaks by being regularly tested.

Regular Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) provide an extra layer of defence against the spread of the virus, along with COVID-safe behaviours such as frequent handwashing, physical distancing, wearing a mask and vaccination.

Which Rapid Test Kit does Vaccin8 Plus provide?

This year Vaccin8 Plus will be providing the InnoScreen COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test, a COVID-19 test kit approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration of Australia (TGA). It is manufactured in Australia by Innovation Scientific.

Why Rapid Antigen Testing should be implemented in your workplace?

Implementing a regular workplace screening initiative protects you, your family, your colleagues and customers.

Screening employees at least twice a week can help to quickly identify and isolate those who have COVID-19, including those who don’t have any symptoms. Early identification helps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in your workplace and in your community.

Rapid antigen tests detect proteins from the virus that causes COVID-19. They’re quick and easy to use. Results are provided within 15 minutes.

If you’ve been vaccinated, you should still take part in your workplace screening initiative. The vaccines are safe and effective and can significantly reduce your chance of spreading the virus to those around you.

    How is Rapid Antigen Testing different to other testing?

    There are two kinds of tests, diagnostic and screening tests.

    Rapid Antigen Tests are a screening test that are used to potentially identify positive cases earlier to help reduce the spread of the virus and prevent outbreaks. When used regularly, rapid antigen tests may help identify individuals who may be infectious early on. Individuals can be pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic but still carry the virus and may transmit it to others.

    A standard test such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, is a diagnostic test, and can confirm if someone has COVID-19, with results available in 24 to 48 hours. These tests take a deep nasal sample and throat sample and are tested in laboratories.

    A positive rapid antigen test doesn’t mean you necessarily have COVID-19, it means you need to get a standard (PCR) test straight away.

      If you get a positive test result

      If you get a positive rapid antigen test result, you must immediately get a standard test (called a PCR test) at a NSW testing clinic to confirm the result of your screening test. Rapid antigen tests will detect most cases of COVID-19 but are not as accurate as a PCR test.

      Isolate until you get a negative result from NSW Health. Isolating immediately can help break chains of transmission and limit the spread of COVID-19 at your workplace.

      If you get a negative test result

      Continue to follow the latest health advice and restrictions in your area.

      If you develop any symptoms, even if mild, you must immediately get a standard COVID-19 test (PCR test) and isolate until you get a negative result from NSW Health.

      Is personal data collected

      Any testing data collected will only be used to help NSW Health make public health decisions.

      None of your personal health data is used without your consent.

      For any enquiries please contact your Workplace Health and Safety Manager or contact us on 1800 VAC IN8.

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