Overview

Employers and service providers can apply to receive free rapid test kits for use in their organization’s COVID-19 screening program.

Rapid testing screening programs can identify pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic cases – people who don’t know they’re infected with COVID-19 – so they can be isolated early to stop the spread. People with symptoms or known exposure must use the online assessment tool to get tested through Alberta Health Services.

Rapid test kits were successfully piloted in long-term care, outbreaks, hospitals, homeless shelters and industry.

Eligibility

The rapid testing program is open to any public, private or not-for-profit employer or service provider with an approved COVID-19 screening program overseen by an eligible health care provider.

The application process will prioritize businesses or organizations involved with:

  • vulnerable populations
  • high-risk settings and workplaces
  • essential services
  • sectors that support reopening of economic and social activities

How it works

Rapid test kits are provided free of cost to successful applicants. However, organizations are responsible for all costs related to their screening programs and assume all medical and legal responsibilities associated with them.

Successful applicants must also ensure their program is overseen by an approved health care provider and proper protocols are in place for COVID-19 screening, testing and reporting.

How to apply

Need help?

Resources are available if you need help developing your screening program or finding a health care provider to oversee it.

Step 1: Develop a screening program plan

The screening program plan must align with all public health requirements and guidance on asymptomatic testing. The plan should outline:

  • protocols for administering the tests:
    • quality control testing
    • quality assurance practices
    • test result interpretation
  • processes for reporting results and managing individuals who test positive
    • result sharing (including privacy requirements)
    • appropriate follow-up on positive test results
  • use of personal protective equipment
  • disposal of biohazardous material

Step 2: Find an approved health care provider

A health care provider is required to oversee the organization’s screening program. However, the tests can be administered by a trained layperson, and self-administration is permissible under certain conditions.

Approved health care providers include:

  • combined lab and x-ray technicians
  • dentists
  • licensed practical nurses
  • medical laboratory technologists
  • nurse practitioners
  • paramedics
  • pharmacists
  • physicians
  • psychiatric nurses
  • respiratory therapists
  • registered nurses

Step 3: Complete the application form

Step 4: Submit application

Submit your completed application form and screening program plan to [email protected].

After you apply

Applicants will be contacted approximately one week (pending volume) after their submission is received.

If your application is approved, you will be:

  • given information on the distribution of your rapid testing kits
  • required to sign a letter of agreement to follow all public health guidelines and provide weekly reports to the Ministry of Health

Weekly reporting

Program participants are required to report the use and results of rapid testing every Wednesday. More information on the reporting process will be provided shortly.

Resources

The following documents provide an overview of the Rapid Testing Program and the requirements organizations must follow for a screening program:

For additional support, the following third-party discretionary materials may help with program development and staff training for a screening program:

Panbio test training materials

BD Veritor training materials

If your organization needs help finding a health care provider to oversee their screening program or requires additional supports, the following list features businesses and the services they offer:

If your business or organization would like to be added to this list, please complete the vendor submission form.

Contact

Connect with the Rapid Testing Program:
Email: [email protected]