Rapid Antigen Screening
As the pandemic evolves, the need for rapid, reliable and affordable screening options have grown. Rapid antigen screening, which can detect the presence of COVID-19 within just 15-20 minutes, helps workplaces with an added layer of safety and security.
COVID-19 rapid screening tests are available at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations and Loblaw grocery stores with pharmacies.
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This program uses a rapid COVID-19 antigen screening test. This type of screening test can provide indication of an active COVID-19 infection by indicating the presence of antigens – or specific proteins on a virus’s surface. Antigen screening test results are typically available within 15-20 minutes. Antigen screening tests provide results more quickly; however, they may be less sensitive (i.e. more false negatives) than diagnostic tests and cannot be used to confirm a diagnosis of COVID-19.
Pharmacists will administer the screening test for patients who reside in Alberta and Ontario. In other provinces, the program has developed alternative screening test options.
The sample will be collected by a Pharmacist using a shallow nasal swab.
In the provinces of Alberta and Ontario employees will be tested onsite at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations and Loblaw grocery stores with pharmacies.
Employer Rapid Antigen Screening Tests will be made available at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations and Loblaw grocery stores with pharmacies.
In provinces outside of Alberta & Ontario, the program has developed alternative screening test options. Please contact us for more information.
Our team will work with each employer to determine appropriate screening test frequency.
Contact us to get started. We will work with your team to put contracts in place, set up frequency and help with communication to your employees.
The screening test delivers results in approximately 15-20 minutes. Once the result is available, the employee will receive an email or text notification and can access their result on our online portal.
If an employee’s screening test result is a preliminary positive, both the employee and employer will be notified. The employee will be instructed to return home and self-isolate immediately. Screening tests do not confirm a diagnosis of COVID-19, so the employee will still need to contact public health within 24 hours to book an appointment for a follow-up diagnostic polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.
The Pharmacist will also report the results if required by their province.
If an employee’s screening test result is negative, they will also be notified by email, and the individual may return to work and continue to follow the employer’s workplace safety guidelines.
If an employee’s screening test result is indeterminate, the employee will need to rebook for another screening test the same day.