Free COVID-19 Rapid Tests Available till June 2023, Ford Allocates Funding for Nursing Education
Health Minister Sylvia Jones announced alongside Premier Doug Ford that Ontario will continue to supply free COVID-19 rapid antigen tests for six more months. The announcement comes amid the triple threat of respiratory illnesses this flu season. The program was initially set to end on December 31.
“This year’s triple threat of influenza, RSV, and COVID-19 has placed extra demands on the healthcare system across the country. We continue to encourage all Ontarians to stay up to date with their vaccines, including getting your available booster dose and your flu shot,” said Sylvia Jones. She went on to state that the government is extending the free rapid antigen test program in grocery stores and pharmacies throughout the province till June 30, 2023.
Without the six-month extension, the program would have ended on December 31 this year. It was first stated in February of this year to help people self-diagnose and take the necessary precautions, without having to visit a clinic or hospital for a test. Since February, about 5.5 million tests were distributed each week.