• COVID-19 testing is available at Hauser's Pharmacy Hamilton located at 1010 Upper Wentworth St., across form Lime Ridge Mall for asymptomatic individuals who require a negative COVID-19 test in preparation for an upcoming international flight or for other purposes not covered by the Ontario government.
     

  • Results are typically available within 48 hours. Cost is $160 plus applicable provincial tax.

  • Hauser's Pharmacy Hamilton is not responsible for determining the timing required for your test and test results. Please ensure allow time before calling to book your appointment.

  • If you have questions for our pharmacists and/or would like to book an appointment for asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, please call us at 905-381-4420.

  • Once you have confirmed you are eligible for a test, a staff member will give you an appointment date and time.

Who can get tested?


Screening is available to anyone who meets the asymptomatic criteria. In order to be screened in the pharmacy you must: • Be asymptomatic (you have no symptoms of COVID-19) • Have not been in contact with someone known to have COVID-19 within the past 14 days • Have not travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days • Have not been advised to get tested for COVID-19 through an exposure notification through the COVID-19 app •Have not previously tested positive for COVID-19

IMPORTANT: If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever, new onset of cough, worsening chronic cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, decrease or loss of sense of taste or smell, chills, headaches, unexplained fatigue/malaise/muscle aches (myalgias), nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, pink eye (conjunctivitis), runny nose or nasal congestion without other known cause please contact an assessment centre for testing and/or seek medical attention.




What is a rapid COVID-19 antigen screening test? What is the difference between testing and screening?


A rapid COVID-19 antigen screen is NOT used to diagnose COVID-19, so it’s different from a COVID-19 test. Here are a few key differences:Screening can identify antigens: • A rapid COVID-19 antigen screen may identify the presence of antigens in your body. • Antigens are specific proteins on a virus’s surface. This may indicate that you have an active COVID-19 infection. A follow-up COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is needed to confirm a COVID-19 diagnosis. Screening is faster: • Results from antigen screens are ready in 15-20 minutes, and don’t need to be sent to a lab. • Screening can be done in pharmacies. This is much faster than a COVID-19 test, but it may be less sensitive. • A preliminary positive screen needs a follow-up test: If you get a preliminary positive result from the rapid COVID-19 antigen screening, it does not confirm a diagnosis of COVID-19. • To confirm a diagnosis of COVID-19, you must contact Public Health and attend a COVID-19 Assessment Center to follow up with a COVID-19 test – called a Polymerase Chain Reaction (or PCR) test – to confirm a diagnosis of COVID-19. This test is sent to a lab, and results are available within a few days..




What is the purpose of screening?


Rapid screening can help to identify possible COVID-19 infections and may limit the risk of unknown spread; it does not provide a diagnosis of COVID-19. Rapid COVID-19 antigen screening is an additional step, beyond existing health and safety measures. It must be used along with Public Health guidelines, including social distancing, hand washing, enhanced cleaning, and wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) like masks. Rapid COVID-19 antigen screening is NOT the same as a COVID-19 test, and it does NOT prevent someone from getting COVID-19. If a screen comes back preliminary positive, a follow-up PCR test at a COVID-19 Assessment Center is required to confirm a diagnosis.




How do I book an appointment?


Please call 905-381-4420 to book an appointment.




Am I eligible for this screening even if I've had my Covid-19 vaccines?


Yes, individuals who have already received the COVID-19 vaccine are still eligible for rapid antigen screening.




How can I cancel or make changes to my appointment?


Please call Hauser's Hamilton Pharmacy directly at 905-381-4420 to cancel or make changes to your appointment. Please note that 24 hours notice is required for cancelling appointments.




How will I receive my results?


Results will be ready in 15+/- minutes.





 

Who can get tested?


Screening is available to anyone who meets the asymptomatic criteria. In order to be screened in the pharmacy you must: • Be asymptomatic (you have no symptoms of COVID-19) • Have not been in contact with someone known to have COVID-19 within the past 14 days • Have not travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days • Have not been advised to get tested for COVID-19 through an exposure notification through the COVID-19 app •Have not previously tested positive for COVID-19

IMPORTANT: If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever, new onset of cough, worsening chronic cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, decrease or loss of sense of taste or smell, chills, headaches, unexplained fatigue/malaise/muscle aches (myalgias), nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, pink eye (conjunctivitis), runny nose or nasal congestion without other known cause please contact an assessment centre for testing and/or seek medical attention.




What is a rapid COVID-19 antigen screening test? What is the difference between testing and screening?


A rapid COVID-19 antigen screen is NOT used to diagnose COVID-19, so it’s different from a COVID-19 test. Here are a few key differences:Screening can identify antigens: • A rapid COVID-19 antigen screen may identify the presence of antigens in your body. • Antigens are specific proteins on a virus’s surface. This may indicate that you have an active COVID-19 infection. A follow-up COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is needed to confirm a COVID-19 diagnosis. Screening is faster: • Results from antigen screens are ready in 15-20 minutes, and don’t need to be sent to a lab. • Screening can be done in pharmacies. This is much faster than a COVID-19 test, but it may be less sensitive. • A preliminary positive screen needs a follow-up test: If you get a preliminary positive result from the rapid COVID-19 antigen screening, it does not confirm a diagnosis of COVID-19. • To confirm a diagnosis of COVID-19, you must contact Public Health and attend a COVID-19 Assessment Center to follow up with a COVID-19 test – called a Polymerase Chain Reaction (or PCR) test – to confirm a diagnosis of COVID-19. This test is sent to a lab, and results are available within a few days..




What is the purpose of screening?


Rapid screening can help to identify possible COVID-19 infections and may limit the risk of unknown spread; it does not provide a diagnosis of COVID-19. Rapid COVID-19 antigen screening is an additional step, beyond existing health and safety measures. It must be used along with Public Health guidelines, including social distancing, hand washing, enhanced cleaning, and wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) like masks. Rapid COVID-19 antigen screening is NOT the same as a COVID-19 test, and it does NOT prevent someone from getting COVID-19. If a screen comes back preliminary positive, a follow-up PCR test at a COVID-19 Assessment Center is required to confirm a diagnosis.




How do I book an appointment?


Please call 905-381-4420 to book an appointment.




Am I eligible for this screening even if I've had my Covid-19 vaccines?


Yes, individuals who have already received the COVID-19 vaccine are still eligible for rapid antigen screening.




How can I cancel or make changes to my appointment?


Please call Hauser's Hamilton Pharmacy directly at 905-381-4420 to cancel or make changes to your appointment. Please note that 24 hours notice is required for cancelling appointments.




How will I receive my results?


Results will be ready in 15+/- minutes.