Premier Ford and Minister Elliot have announced that the government is providing people with convenient and timely access to free COVID-19 testing at pharmacies across the province.
Up to 60 pharmacies in Ontario will begin offering testing by appointment only on Friday September 25/20, with further locations coming online in the near future.
This initiative will expand testing capacity well beyond the province’s 150 assessment centres.
The expansion of COVID-19 testing to pharmacies is part of the province’s comprehensive plan to prepare the health system for a second wave of COVID-19.
Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19 will help the province quickly identify, prevent and respond to any scenario in order to protect communities.
In addition, Women’s College, Mount Sinai, and University Health Network - Toronto Western Hospital assessment centres will be offering saliva testing this week. More assessment centers will offer this less invasive method in the coming weeks, giving Ontarians more options to access testing for COVID-19.