Testing in Pharmacies

Published on September 23, 2020

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.


That’s why the government is providing people with convenient and timely access to free COVID-19 testing at pharmacies in the province.


Thanks to government partners, we are well on our way to reaching the goal of 50,000 tests a day and stopping the spread of COVID-19.


As of Friday, up to 60 pharmacies in Ontario will begin offering testing Ontarians who have no COVID-19 symptoms, by appointment only, with further locations coming online in the coming weeks. This initiative will expand testing capacity well beyond the province’s 150 assessment centres.


When visiting a pharmacy Ontarians should continue to follow COVID-19 public health measures, including wearing a face covering, frequent handwashing, and maintaining physical distance from those outside their household or social circle.


The expansion of COVID-19 testing to pharmacies is part of the province’s comprehensive plan to prepare the health system for a second wave of COVID-19. Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19 will help the province quickly identify, prevent and respond to any scenario in order to protect communities.


In addition, Women’s College, Mount Sinai and University Health Network - Toronto Western Hospital assessment centres will be offering saliva testing this week. More assessment centers will offer this less invasive method in the coming weeks, giving Ontarians more options and access to COVID-19 testing.


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