Please note the following:

Please see below information regarding the Covid-19 PCR and Antibody Testing:

  • PCR viral swab test is a nasal swab test used to detect active COVID-19 infections.
  • Viral tests do not indicate whether someone was infected in the past.
  • Test results are generally available in 48 hours, but can take up to 5 days.
  • Refundable through medical aid, at the member’s liability.
  • The fee for the PCR swab test is R850.00 and include the service fee of the Nurse Practitioner as well as the laboratory test fee.
  • It is compulsory for the client to preregister on the Dis-Chem website at https://covidtesting.dischem.co.za/

 

COVID-19 Rapid Antibody Testing

  • COVID-19 antibody testing, also known as serology testing, is a finger prick blood test that's done to find out if you've had a past infection with SARS-CoV-2.
  • The sensitivity of the SAHPRA approved rapid antibody test registered in South Africa is 95% (range 89.6-98.8%).
  • The specificity of the SAHPRA approved rapid antibody test registered in South Africa is 100% (range 93.4 - 100%).
  • You may test positive for antibodies even if you have never had symptoms of COVID-19. This can happen if you had an infection without symptoms, which is called an asymptomatic infection.
  • Having antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19 may provide protection from getting infected with the virus again. But even if it does, we do not know how much protection the antibodies may provide or how long this protection may last.
  • The fee for the Rapid Antibody test is R150.00 and results are available within 15minutes.
  • It is compulsory for the client to preregister on the Dis-Chem website at https://covidtesting.dischem.co.za/

 

COVID – 19 Rapid Antigen Testing

  • Rapid Antigen test is useful for detection of COVID-19 active infection.
  • Rapid Antigen test should be especially when access to PCR testing is limited.
  • Use Cases:
  • Triage suspect cases
  • Confirm active infection
  • Contact tracing
  • Travelling to African country
  • The fee for the Rapid Antigen test is R350.00 and results are available within 15 minutes.
  • It is compulsory for the client to preregister on the Dis-Chem website at https://covidtesting.dischem.co.za/

 

The PCR swab test is only available at the following Dis-Chem drive through testing stations:

 

  1. Benmore Gardens
  2. Eastgate
  3. Mall of the South
  4. Centurion
  5. Olympus
  6. Midrand: K101 Bemax office
  7. Table Bay
  8. Cape Road
  9. V & A Waterfront Cape Town

 

NB: The following drive through testing sites will be closed from 25/12 – 3/1/2021:

 

  1. Benmore gardens
  2. Mall Of The South
  3. Olympus
  4. Midrand: K101 Bemax office
  5. Table Bay
  6. Centurion

 

The 2 Rapid Testing is available at all clinics BUT please phone the Clinic Call Centre: 0861 117 427 to make an appointment.

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