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Will your pharmacy offer asymptomatic COVID-19 testing?

September 2, 2020

Helpful information for you and your patients.

Alberta Health has expanded its Pharmacy-Based Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing Program to allow enrolment for pharmacists from all pharmacies interested in participating.

ACP has received many questions from pharmacy teams across Alberta about providing asymptomatic COVID-19 testing to their communities.

If your pharmacy is considering providing asymptomatic testing, visit the Alberta Blue Cross website for information and resources including (but not limited to) the following:

  • testing program information,
  • COVID-19 testing FAQs,
  • specimen collection kit order form,
  • patient checklist, and
  • Alberta Blue Cross claiming process.

Enrolment in the Pharmacy-Based Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing Program must be completed by each pharmacist who will be physically conducting the assessment and throat swab sample collection.  Enrolment is NOT done for a pharmacy, but rather each pharmacist participating in the Program

Remember, if conducting asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, you must adhere to ACP’s Temporary authorization to collect a throat swab specimen for testing asymptomatic Albertans for COVID-19 guidance.

For more information on the Pharmacy-Based Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing Program, contact the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association or Alberta Blue Cross at

  • 780-498-8370 (Edmonton and area),
  • 403-294-4041 (Calgary and area), or
  • 1-800-361-9632 (toll free).

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