I would be interested to know if anybody else is having this raised in their workplaces and if you are looking at purchasing some, and if so from where? — Steffan St Clair-Newman
From 1 December businesses that choose to use rapid antigen tests for surveillance testing will be able to directly source approved tests from the following authorised suppliers (all are nasal swabs):
Roche Diagnostics NZ Ltd
Abbott Rapid Diagnostics
Pantonic Health (Australia) or Arrotex Pharmaceuticals (NZ) Limited
EBOS Group Ltd.
Businesses need to pay for rapid antigen tests themselves.
From 15 December, if you don’t want to buy tests directly from these authorised suppliers you’ll be able to buy them from a local distributor. The Ministry of Health is currently working through the details of supply.
The Ministry of Health recommends that businesses trial different tests before committing to buying one in bulk as there are differences in processes — Business.govt.nz
From 1 December businesses that choose to use rapid antigen tests for surveillance testing will be able to directly source approved tests from the following authorised suppliers (all are nasal swabs): — Business.govt.nz
I'm just finding it hard to understand the rational of a lot of the decisions that the government is making around the management of Covid! — MattD2
Due to the current climate of having a shortage of skilled staff, this would result in a stand down for specific staff members. For small to medium business, this is not sustainable position, as many cannot afford to keep on staff that are not fulfilling their job description and doing the job they were hired for. — TracyRichardson
it seems the rapid antigen testing is most useful when someone is symptomatic in the workplace, and it could be asthma, allergies, a cold, etc or covid. The test will help to rule out covid and provide reassurance. (acknowledging that sick people need to stay home of course) — Jane
We are also stuck with paying for non vaccinated staff to do their non government funded tests ($160!) for their travel. Shame the RAT wouldn't help, as the result needs to come from a lab. — Yonny Yeung
Not a cheap exercise! — Yonny Yeung
I was under the impression that all PCR Covid testing was free of charge (link), are you paying $160 per test to a private lab to speed up the turnaround for the results or something else? — MattD2
The benefits of rapid antigen screening are relative to the amount of disease that is present in a population (prevalence), with greater benefit from settings with high prevalence. At low levels of prevalence, the risk of having a false-positive test results will exceed the public health benefit. — MoH Interim Guidance Framework for the Provision of Rapid Antigen Screening for COVID-19 in Clinical and NonClinical Settings
For a while it was a bit confusing as different MOH advice seemed to contradict itself. — Chris Anderson