Hamilton residents are now able to pay for COVID-19 rapid screenings at Shoppers Drug Mart locations all over the city.
Loblaw Companies – the parent corporation of Shoppers Drug Mart – announced this week that the drug store chain would start selling rapid antigen tests at locations across Ontario and Alberta.
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These tests provide results within 15 to 20 minutes, and are available for individuals who are asymptomatic and haven’t knowingly come into contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
“To get through this pandemic, we all need to follow public health guidelines, get vaccinated, and continue testing and screening in order to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Ashesh Desai, Executive Vice President, Pharmacy and Healthcare for Shoppers Drug Mart.
“As Ontario and Alberta begin their recovery from this third wave of COVID-19, rapid screening options can provide customers with an extra level of confidence.”
Rapid tests of this nature are intended to complement public health’s COVID-19 testing, which typically requires individuals to be experiencing symptoms or have been in knowing contact with a positive COVID-19 case in order to qualify for a test.
Hamilton residents can make an appointment at any Shoppers Drug Mart location in Hamilton to receive a COVID-19 rapid test. Notably, there’s a price tag attached: individuals will be paying $40 per test.
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