Boots Ireland is set to launch a Covid-19 PCR testing service in stores from tomorrow, specifically and only available for patients without coronavirus symptoms.
This testing service is being launched in response to new Government guidelines that came into effect on November 29th 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.
Boots will initially launch the service in seven of its stores before plans for a nationwide rollout.
The stores where the service will be available from Friday are:
- 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: “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.”
The in-store testing service will launch at €139 per test and customers can expect to receive their results the next day.
The price of the test reflects costs related to lab testing, product materials, in-store infection control measures, courier service, staffing and VAT.
To obtain a Covid-19 test, customers will be able to book in the day before the test is scheduled.