The second round of the name-based distribution system for rapid test kits starting June 6. Members of the public can collect a set of five rapid test kits with their National Health Insurance cards. In addition, children aged 0 to 6 can receive five rapid test kits free of charge. The stock at a pharmacy also increased from 78 sets to 117 sets.
People lined up at the pharmacy at 7 a.m. to buy COVID-19 rapid test kits under the second round of name-based distribution system. However, far fewer people lined up in the morning to buy them than in the first round back in April. It was a sharp contrast.
Ms. Huang: “The line reached the convenience store over there at 7 a.m. during the first round, but there is no line today. ”
Mr. Cheng: “My wife needs it for work. She needs to do the test once a week before going to work on Mondays.”
The second round of name-based distribution system for COVID-19 rapid test kits began on June 6. Citizens need to present their National Health Insurance (NHI) cards in order to make the purchase at a total of 4,682 pharmacies and 79 public health centers in rural areas across Taiwan. Each NHI card can only be used to make one set of purchases, which costs NT$500 for a set of five. Members of the public can collect a pack of five rapid tests free of charge for children age six and under with their NHI cards. The daily stock at each pharmacy has also increased from 78 to 117 sets this time around.
Huang Yen-ju, Spokesperson, Federation of Taiwan Pharmacists Associations: “The second round begins today and the daily given stock has increased to 117 sets. There wasn't a long line this morning so it seems like it will be relatively easier for people to get their hands on them now.”
Pharmacists would like to remind the public again that the last digit of the ID number will determine which days rapid test kits can be purchased, collected for free. Individuals holding NHI cards whose ID numbers end with an odd number can collect rapid test kits on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. ID cards that end with an even number can collect the kits on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays while everyone can collect them on Sundays. In addition, elementary to high school students and the first three years of five-year junior college students can also collect four rapid test kits for free. Free test kits for students can be collected at schools and those who have just graduated would need to return to campus to collect them.