Pharmacies help COVID-19 response with access to asymptomatic testing
More than 230 stores will provide this service as of Sept. 1
BRAMPTON, Ont. — As students and teachers go back to school and more businesses and communities reopen, Shoppers Drug Mart and Loblaw pharmacies in Real Canadian Superstore, No Frills, Independent, Extra Foods and City Market locations are now providing asymptomatic testing for COVID-19 across Alberta. More than 230 stores will provide this service as of Sept. 1.
Asymptomatic testing is limited to those not exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms and who have not been in contact with a COVID-19 patient.
“Pharmacists are among the most trusted healthcare professionals, providing convenient community-level health services and advice,” said Ashesh Desai, EVP, Shoppers Drug Mart, in a prepared statement. “This new service in Alberta applies those strengths and makes pharmacists part of the solution to safely reopen schools and the economy.”
Based on the Alberta pilot, Canada could increase its testing capabilities by tens of thousands of patients each day by introducing this service in more markets.
“Pharmacists across the country are ready with the infrastructure and the desire to help Canadians. We want to do more to be part of the solution,” continued Desai.