Each of the pharmacies chosen by the Quebec government to distribute rapid tests should therefore have received approximately 300 boxes. This quantity remains clearly insufficient to meet the strong demand, especially in the context where PCR tests are now reserved for health personnel and vulnerable populations.
This is a step in the right direction, but it will be insufficient to meet the demand, we know it straight away., recognized Hugues Mousseau, general manager of the Quebec Association of Pharmacy Distributors, in an interview with All morningHave (New window)Have.
first come, first served, while others prefer online or telephone reservations.
If we do “first come, first served” for everyone, we have a part of the vulnerable clientele who will not be able to come to have the tests., explained Tuesday morning Benoit Morin, president of the Quebec Association of Owner Pharmacists ( AQPP).
Same thing if we go exclusively online. It’s difficult for some of the customers to book a box online, so we have a little different strategies, he added.
Mr. Morin therefore advises to inquire directly with his pharmacy to know the modalities according to which the tests are distributed, since each establishment is free to establish its own procedure.
He also asks to avoid forming queues in front of the establishments given the very cold temperatures which fall on Quebec at present.
It is not the right thing to do. Check with your pharmacist which distribution method he will use, advised the president of AQPP.
Some citizens, however, bet on the cold to hope to get their hands on a box, assuming that few people would dare to go out in such temperatures.minutes, 4minutes “,” text “:” With the cold, I took a chance. And it worked. It took 3 minutes, 4 minutes “}}”>With the cold, I took a chance. And it worked. It took 3 minutes, 4 minutes, thus testified a man met in front of a pharmacy of Quebec.
This is the start of something. You have to see it like that.
We had a jolt before Christmas, but this is the beginning of a more sustained supply. […] Quietly, we will be able to meet the needs of the population, the requests.
Thereafter, we expect to have enough, but this week, it may be difficult, conceded Benoit Morin, who even hopes to be able to renew the boxes of those who have used them within a few weeks.
If you haven’t used your tests, don’t need them, or are not in a risk group, you may be patient. […] and let people pass who need it more, he asked for the moment.
if you are not in a hurry, […] wait a few days before going to get a box of tests, he also advised, recalling the current limit of one box per person per month.
It should also be remembered that people who wish to obtain a box of tests are required to present their health insurance card and must be 14 years of age and over. For the youngest, tests will be distributed in primary schools.
With information from Hadi Hassin and Jean-Philippe Robillard