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What should I expect when getting tested for COVID-19?

Welcome to “A Virtual Q&A with Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacists”! Join our pharmacists as they answer your questions on various health and medication topics.

What should I expect when getting tested for COVID-19?

The test conducted at the pharmacy is really quick and safe. So, this is an example of the throat swab that would be administered by the pharmacist. Unlike the nasopharyngeal swabs that are conducted at the public health assessment centres that go through the nose, the tests done at the pharmacy go into the throat, into the back-tonsil area. This may produce a mild discomfort but for the most part it's quick and painless and really easy. There is no charge to receive the test much like when you get your flu shot from the pharmacy, as long as you present a valid provincial health care card, you will be covered. Safety remains a number one priority for us, for both our teams and our customers. We have implemented a number of safety protocols to ensure everyone remains safe during this process. Examples include: PPE, pharmacists conducting the tests are always protected with personal protective equipment, this includes a minimum level 1 face mask, a face shield, and gloves. Some pharmacists also do choose to wear gowns during the testing. Patients are asked to sanitize their hands prior to entering the room and undergo an additional screening process including a temperature check. Although the test is really quick, we do fifteen minutes for each appointment. The reason for this is so that our teams have time to sanitize the rooms before and after each appointment.

Whether you have questions about your prescription medications, over-the-counter products, immunizations, or other health concerns, our pharmacists are here to help.

The information provided is for personal use, reference and education only and is not intended to be a substitute for a physician’s advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult your healthcare professional for specific information on personal health matters.

This information included in this recording is correct as of September 1, 2020.