Access to COVID-19 Testing in Manitoba Expanded

COVID Testing Access Expands

WINNIPEG - The Manitoba government has authorized the use of COVID-19 tests at pharmacies for Manitoba travellers.

Health Minister Audrey Gordon says the change is under the Regulated Health Professions Act and the emergency measures act, and allows pharmacies to administer both rapid antigen COVID-19 tests and molecular tests.

Pharmacists Manitoba President Ashley Hart says its members look forward to helping people Manitobans return to their normal activities such as travel. “This pandemic has created important opportunities for pharmacists to serve the public in new ways,” Hart says. “Participating pharmacies will be working hard in the coming days and weeks to make this service available in communities across the province.”

Manitobans who want to take the test must present proof that they’re planning to travel, such as a ticket or lodging reservation. The Canadian government requires all travellers to present proof of a negative molecular test result taken in the last 72 hours after returning home prior to re-entry.

TOPICS:   Manitoba News

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