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Pharmacists Can Now Test for COVID-19. What Does that Mean for Patients?

For many of us, a quick trip to the pharmacy is part of our weekly routine. It’s where we fill prescriptions, pick up essentials and even get a flu shot. While your neighborhood pharmacist is always available to answer questions about medications, did you know they can also provide health screenings like COVID-19 testing?

Pharmacists are often a patient’s first point of contact with a healthcare professional, and the pandemic has shed light on their expanding roles as caregivers. HHS Secretary Alex Azar, JD, believes that “pharmacists play a vital role in delivering convenient access to important public health services and information.”

As the pandemic continues, many pharmacies across the nation are ordering and administering COVID-19 testing under the Department of Health and Human Services’ recent authorization. With wide-spread community testing now available, more Americans, especially those in under-tested and vulnerable communities, can be tested faster, resulting in less contact with symptomatic individuals.

If you are experiencing early symptoms of COVID-19 and would like to be tested, keep these precautions in mind:

  • If possible, schedule an appointment ahead of time to minimize your wait-time and exposure. Some pharmacies are even administering drive-thru tests!
  • Always follow social distancing procedures and wear a face mask.
  • Take everyday preventive steps like washing your hands frequently and avoiding touching your face.
  • Stay up-to-date on all your prescriptions to help maintain your overall health. Preserving your immune system is particularly important now, so that you can fight off any illnesses quickly. 

No matter what brings you to the pharmacy, be sure to utilize online tools to find the best possible price on your medications. Print out a free prescription discount card at A digital version of the card is also available via text or email.

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