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You can get a COVID-19 test at a pharmacy in Ontario starting today

Starting today, residents of Ontario can seek COVID-19 testing at up to 60 Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall and independent pharmacy locations across the province.

The Ontario government introduced the initiative as a way to relieve some of the pressure on COVID-19 assessment centres where residents have reported waiting in lineups for as long as eight hours in recent weeks. 

As a result, the province has updated the testing guidelines to indicate that asymptomatic, low-risk individuals should no longer get a test at a hospital assessment centre — contrary to Premier Ford's previous instructions

Instead, asymptomatic individuals who require a test for certain reasons, such as visiting a loved one in long-term care, can now make an appointment in advance and receive a test at a local pharmacy. 

full list of participating pharmacy locations can be found on the provincial government's website, and new locations are expected to be added in the coming weeks. 

In Toronto, at least 18 pharmacies are set to provide the service to start off:

"We rely on our pharmacists for our flu shots, prescriptions, and important health advice for ourselves and our families. It makes sense to engage them as key partners in delivering more COVID-19 testing," said Ford during his daily pandemic press conference when announcing the news on Wednesday.

"With everyone pitching in, we are well on our way to reaching our goal of 50,000 tests a day and stopping the spread of COVID-19."

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Roozbeh Rokni


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