COVID-19 testing of asymptomatic patients in pharmacies was launched on September 25, 2020 at limited pharmacies across Ontario as an initial phase. This was an initiative for which OPA had been advocating since April along with administering an eventual COVID-19 vaccine, all an effort to bolster population health and safety across the province.

To support pharmacies offering COVID-19 testing, OPA has developed the following training and resources:

Screening Tool

Before making an appointment, patients are requested to complete a digital or printed patient assessment provided by the participating pharmacy.  

Post-Test Patient Information

The patient information brochure is provided after a patient has been tested for further information on what to expect.

Professional Development Training Program

Community pharmacies opting to deliver COVID-19 testing as Community Specimen Collection Centres are expected to comply with all program requirements from the Ministry of Health. OPA is pleased to offer the following training program on Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing in Pharmacy to all pharmacy professionals free of charge.