On May 27, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported that the Executive Yuan has announced that members of the public can go to places where at-home rapid test kits are sold under the name-based distribution system and collect a pack of five rapid tests free of charge by presenting a National Health Insurance Card of a child 0-6 years of age (born after January 1, 2016).
The policy will take effect on June 1, 2022, and the deadline for collecting the free rapid tests is on June 30. Furthermore, free rapid test kits received under this policy will not be counted as the amount of test kits an individual can buy in the first round (starting April 28) of the name-based distribution system. The last digit of the ID number of a child aged 0-6 will determine which days free rapid test kits can be collected. Free rapid test kits can be collected on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays by individuals holding NHI cards of children in this age group whose ID numbers end with an odd number, and those holding NHI cards of such children whose ID numbers end with an even number can collect free rapid tests on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, while everyone can collect them on Sundays.
The CECC reminded parents of children in this age group that at-home rapid test kits can only be used in children aged 2 and older. Rapid test kits collected on behalf of children under two years of age can be used in their parents but should not be used in children under two.