The test kits, which are significantly more affordable than other options on the market, take 15 minutes to use and are an effective screening tool for COVID-19 in our communities.
WATERLOO, ON | OCTOBER 13, 2021 — In an effort to make rapid testing accessible to all Canadians, The Canadian Shield will begin offering Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test Kits for sale on their website in packs of 5, at $9.99/test. These rapid tests are an effective tool for the public to easily detect and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“With the rising number of COVID-19 outbreaks in schools and workplaces across the country, we recognized the need for more accessible and widespread testing,” says The Canadian Shield CEO, Jeremy Hedges. “Due to regulatory issues, everyday Canadians are paying some of the highest prices in the world for rapid testing - we strongly believe that we can play a role in making that no longer the case.”
Following provincial guidance, rapid antigen tests are currently only available for purchase from The Canadian Shield's website in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. It is expected that rapid testing devices will become more widely available as provincial ministries issue interim orders and change the regulatory landscape.
For Ontario businesses, the provincial government, with the help of key stakeholders like Communitech, have rolled out free rapid testing programs in workplaces to limit outbreaks and keep businesses open. "While these programs are important, they aren’t accessible to everyone and it’s important that other options are available to Canadians" says Hedges.
For those interested in purchasing Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test kits from The Canadian Shield, customers must confirm they have reviewed the training resources to validate their skillset and abilities to conduct the test.
Rapid COVID-19 Test Kits are available in 5-packs on The Canadian Shield’s website for $49.95, which works out to $9.99 per test - up to 40 per cent less than other online retailers. Test Kits purchased online are currently only available for shipment in Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia, or pick-up at The Canadian Shield’s head office, 640 Bridge St.W., Unit 1, Waterloo, ON.
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