I just read that they seemed to have long queues and some places already sold out - but I feel like it’s probably a good idea to have some at home just in case. Not sure though if I should try to go to some pharmacies now or if I need to wait for a specific date etc. when the stock is back?
Anyone successfully purchased a set using the new scheme? Are they already sold out at all places? Or any other experiences yet?
Same here, I guess if you’re not sure you have covid and need a test then it’s not that serious, if you’re feeling ill enough that you need to see a doctor they’ll perform a test. Only those who need a clean result for work urgently need kits and IMHO their employer should be providing them anyway (mine does unless WFH).
Also keep in mind with omicron that you can be symptomatic but show up negative on a rapid test for a number of days. (Don’t tell the Taiwan CDC this, quarantine will never end!!). I’ve heard some in the US suggesting you test yourself daily for a week if you’ve been exposed. Taiwan’s rationing system has only lead to hoarding — no one is going to buy the tests and then use them daily. They’re going to hold on to them until they get sent into isolation and then use the test provided to them by the government.
I’m buying zero tests. If I think I have it, I will stay home until I feel better. If it gets bad, I’ll go to the hospital. This isn’t the OG COVID anymore. I’m happy to wear a mask on public transit, etc. but I don’t see the value in standing in a crowded line trying to buy a box of tests that I may or may not need.
Just got a line message from my sons school asking for people to donate test kits if they have extra due to the number of possible cases connected to the school needing them, I guess that means the gov’ment has not actually been providing kits to contacts and that it’s unlikely the school will actually reopen on Tuesday…
I wonder if they’ll eventually switch to the online ordering to convenience stores system as they did for masks. It would seem to make more sense than the time-wasting government-mandated superspreader event system they’re using right now, and it should be trivial to implement since the system was already developed.
Pharmacy chains MedFirst and Your Chance began selling the Gmate COVID-19 saliva rapid test kits Thursday (May 12).
MedFirst announced on Facebook Wednesday (May 11) that all of its locations across Taiwan would be selling 100 saliva rapid tests, priced at NT$175 (US$5.88) each. Each customer will be limited to two kits.
Meanwhile, though Your Chance said in a Facebook post that it would also sell the test kits, it told Taiwan News that customers will have to check with individual locations directly to confirm whether they have any in stock. The test kits will also be sold for NT$175 each at Your Chance pharmacies.