Pharmacists will be able to run rapid COVID-19 tests for those traveling outside of Manitoba, the province announced Monday.
Health Minister Audrey Gordon said the announcement means rapid antigen tests and rapid molecular tests (without PCR) can be performed in Manitoba pharmacies, although the pharmacies will be responsible for training staff, procuring supplies and advertising the tests.
“These measures allow pharmacists to expand services for all Manitobaans by performing, interpreting and providing the results of these tests to people who need a negative test to travel,” Gordon said.
“This is a major change that creates capacity and offers more options for travelers.”
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To get a quick test, travelers will need to present their travel documentation to pharmacists, which could include a hotel reservation or airline tickets. Those taking the tests will also have to pay a fee, set by individual pharmacies, as travel-related health services are not an insured health benefit.
“Pharmacists hope, once again, to contribute positively to important steps that will help Manitobans return to their normal activities, including travel,” said Ashley Hart, President of Pharmacists Manitoba.
“This pandemic has created significant opportunities for pharmacists to serve the public in new ways and demonstrate the opportunity for Manitobans to receive even more support from their local pharmacist.
“Participating pharmacies will work hard in the coming days and weeks to make this service available in communities throughout the province.”
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