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Boots become first pharmacy in Ireland to offer Covid-19 testing service

It has been announced today that Boots Ireland will launch an in-store COVID-19 PCR testing service, specifically and only available for customers without COVID-19 symptoms, becoming the first pharmacy in Ireland to offer COVID-19 testing.

Initially the testing service will be available in seven stores with plans to roll out to further stores across Ireland after demand is assessed. 

From tomorrow, December 4, the following Boots stores will offer the testing service:

  • Letterkenny Retail Park, Co. Donegal
  • Gateway Shopping Park, Knocknacarra, Co. Galway
  • Half Moon St, Co. Cork
  • Naas Monread Shopping Centre, Co. Kildare
  • Dawson St, Dublin 2
  • Church Street, Tullamore, Co. Offaly
  • Ashbourne Town Centre, Co. Meath

The in-store testing service will launch at €139 per test and customers can expect to receive their results the day following their test. The price of the test reflects costs related to lab testing, product materials, in-store infection control measures, courier service, staffing and VAT. The COVID-19 PCR test is currently the gold standard for COVID-19 testing in Ireland.

The COVID-19 PCR testing service is also an accessible solution for those who would prefer peace of mind before seeing friends and family as is permissible by Irish Government guidelines at the time. However, it is important to note that a negative test does not preclude people from observing Government guidelines which must continue to be adhered to at all times. 

These tests are specifically for customers who do not have any COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone with symptoms must follow the latest Government or HSE guidance to access testing.

To obtain a COVID-19 test, customers will be able to book in on boots.ie/covid-19-testing-service the day before the test is scheduled. Online pre-screening will take place before people come to store to ensure that they are not currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.  

The test will take place between 9am – 1pm and once in store, a testing-trained Boots Pharmacist will facilitate the swab test, package the swab and send it to the laboratory to be tested. The results will be made available to customers the following day.

This testing service is being launched in response to new Government guidelines that came into effect on November 29 2020 allowing passengers arriving from an orange, red or grey region, as determined by the EU traffic light approach to travel, to end their period of restricted movement on receipt of a negative/not detected PCR test taken a minimum of five days after arrival in Ireland.  

As the travel guidelines change on a regular basis, customers will need to keep up to date on requirements as set out by the Department of Foreign Affairs and www.gov.ie.

More information on this service is available on boots.ie.

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