Boots Ireland today announced the launch of an in-store COVID-19 testing service, specifically and only available for customers without COVID-19 symptoms.
Boots Ireland highlighted that it is the first pharmacy group to offer COVID-19 testing in Ireland.
The in-store testing service will launch at €139 per test and customers can expect to receive their results the day following their test, it said.
According to Boots, the price of the test reflects costs related to lab testing, product materials, in-store infection control measures, courier service, staffing and VAT.
Boots said that initially, the testing service will be available in seven stores, with plans to roll out to further stores across Ireland after the demand is assessed.
From tomorrow, 4 December, 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
Boots said that the testing service is being launched in response to new Government guidelines that came into effect on 29 November 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.
"This test can also be used by individuals who might want additional peace of mind about their own COVID-19 status," said Caoimhe McAuley, MPSI, director of Pharmacy, and superintendent pharmacist at Boots Ireland.
"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," she added.
To obtain a COVID-19 test, customers will be able to book in here on the day before the test is scheduled.
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.
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