Rapid antigen test kits are now available in Kalgoorlie-Boulder — with not only pharmacies selling them but also outlets such as Red Dot and Kitchen Emporium.
GoVita assistant manager Shannon Tuxworth said RATs were proving popular, with the supply having arrived in store last week.
“I wonder if (that’s because) people (want them) in the cupboard just in case or there’s the odd mine site that are just needing them, so they’ve buying bulk,” Ms Tuxworth said.
Kalgoorlie Guardian Pharmacy owner Craig York said the store had begun selling rapid antigen testing kits on Monday, with pensioners and concession card holders receiving them for free.
“It gives them some security, but also for businesses and requirements for a lot of workers and so on, I think who needed to do regular testing in certain industries, it’s going to be helpful for them,” Mr York said.
Kitchen Emporium employee Sarah Nicholls said the Kalgoorlie-Boulder store had not been selling many kits so far.
“I think it’s a bit different because obviously Kalgoorlie being kind of in a safe zone and having no hotspots at the moment,” Ms Nicholls said.
However, she said RAT kits at their Mandurah store had been in demand, as people were more at risk with the local cases rising rapidly.
“I think there’s no real concern (in Kalgoorlie-Boulder) at the moment,” Ms Nicholls said.