Omicron COVID Rise, Demand for Rapid Antigen Testing Sees Canberra Pharmacies Limit Sales | Canberra Times

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Pharmacists say they need better support to ensure fast enough antigen tests, which are in short supply in the midst of a nationwide battle to buy them. Cincotta Discount chemist Dickson owner Rhonda Warn said she had no delivery of quick tests at this time, but she intended to introduce customer ceilings when a new order arrived. “The demand is now while people are on holiday, so I have ordered over 250 tests, which will hopefully come before Friday,” Ms Warn said. “They’re in packs of five, so I want to enforce rules where a customer can’t buy more than one item at a time.” Ms Warn said the customers’ overall attitude is tired and disappointed when they found out that her pharmacy was out of supply and that there would be future purchase limits for new items. “I think the problem is that the government keeps going out there and saying they’re available, but when we order through wholesalers, we’re lucky if we get six because they’re trying to spread them in Australia. said Mrs. Warn. “Customers are probably calling over a dozen other places and then maybe giving up because they just are not available. It’s great that supermarkets and IGAs have started selling them, so it might help to get them out there to more people. “Hopefully the government is moving forward. will ensure more to start filtering out through all retail outlets. “ACT Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith confirmed at this time that ACT has not placed additional orders to increase its inventory.” The reason we are sold out is that “many people have actually already gone out and bought these fast antigen tests, so many people who have to travel may have already chosen to buy a pack or two fast antigen tests,” said Stephen-Smith. Norrabundah Pharmacy has not received a delivery yet. of quick tests, after placing a later order.However, customers have called incessantly looking for available stock.Ainslie IGA is one of the supermarkets that provides fast antigen tests and has also encouraged to buy li mits due to over-demand. “We currently has only one limit of one per. customer because our next delivery will come later, but we have also been assured that our next one will be around 90 boxes, “said store manager Dimitri Mihailakis. READ MORE:” We got a pretty good jump on them and had heaps, so we have not really run out of them at the moment. “Costco introduced limits on the number of rapid antigen tests to be purchased, and retailer country manager Patrick Noone said staff and suppliers worked tirelessly to keep up with the demand for the tests.” Currently have we had to introduce limits per. transaction on these products, which is one unit (sold as a 20-pack) per member, “said Mr. Noone. Our coverage of the health and safety aspects of this outbreak of COVID-19 in ACT is free for all to access. However, we rely on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you are able , sign up here.If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support.You can also sign up for our regular updates newsletters.Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community.How to keep getting access to our trusted content:

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