What is GetaKit/COVID?

We’re really excited to offer COVID self-testing, but want to make sure you know that the Ministry of Health and Ottawa Public Health recommend that anyone with COVID-like symptoms or who are close contacts of someone who tested positive for COVID should go to an assessment centre for in-person testing.

We know that getting to a COVID testing assessment centre can be difficult, so GetaKit is piloting mail-out COVID self-tests for two months to see if this helps people get tests when they need them. Specifically, we’re hoping to support COVID testing for the following groups:

  • African, Black and Caribbean communities
  • Indigenous communities
  • Individuals who live in multi-generational homes
  • Individuals who have not been able to work from home


Mail-out COVID self-testing has many possible benefits:


A few friendly reminders:


What COVID-19 self-test does GetaKit/COVID use?

This pilot uses the Lucira COVID-19 self-test, which was approved by Health Canada on April 26, 2021. The Lucira ® COVID-19 Self-Test is the only self-test for COVID-19 now licensed in Canada, which can detect a positive result in as few as 11 minutes, and confirm a negative result within 30 minutes. Please note that this is considered a screening test, and any“positive” test results must still be confirmed at a COVID testing facility.


What is a COVID-19 self-test kit?