Only those who qualify may book a test pick up time. If you are not sure if you qualify, you may call the Pharmacy and press extension 6 to speak with our Pharmacist or Pharmacy student and we will confirm your eligibility.
Effective January 13, 2022, PCR testing will only be recommended for individuals if they belong to the following groups:
• Symptomatic people who fall into one of the following groups:
o Patient-facing healthcare workers
o Staff, volunteers, residents/inpatients, essential care providers, and visitors in highest risk settings Highest risk settings include: hospitals (including complex continuing care facilities and paramedic services) and congregate living settings, including Long-Term Care, retirement homes, First Nation elder care lodges, group homes, shelters, hospices and correctional institutions o Household members of workers in highest risk settings
o Temporary Foreign Workers in congregate living settings
o Patients seeking emergency medical care, at the discretion of the treating clinician
o Outpatients for whom COVID-19 treatment is being considered, including:
Immunocompromised individuals not expected to mount an adequate immune response to COVID-19 vaccination or SARSCoV-2 infection, regardless of vaccination status.
Individuals who are not fully vaccinated and at highest risk of severe disease (anyone aged ≥70 years or ≥60 years who is Indigenous and/or has additional risk factors)
o Pregnant people
o People who are underhoused or homeless
o First responders, including fire, police and paramedics
o Elementary and secondary students and education staff who have
received a PCR self-collection kit through their school
• Symptomatic/asymptomatic people:
o From First Nation, Inuit, and Métis communities and individuals travelling into these communities for work
o On admission/transfer to or from hospital or congregate living setting
o Close contacts and people in the context of confirmed or suspected outbreaks in highest risk settings as directed by the local public health unit o Individuals, and one accompanying caregiver, with written prior approval for out-of-country medical services from the General Manager, OHIP
If you / someone in your household qualifies for a test you MUST BOOK AN APPOINTMENT. The appointment is for you to come to the Pharmacy to pick up the test kit to self swab in our parking lot or at home and return the swab.
Masks should be worn at all times if leaving the house when symptomatic. You should pick up the swab, complete the form & swab, return it to the mailbox and return directly home.
You must isolate until the test results are received. Instructions about the swab will be provided. These tests are NOT for travel and do not meet the requirements. If used for travel you will likely be turned away from your destination. Test results will be posted on the provincial portal