How to access COVID-19 antiviral treatments in Durham

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The oral antiviral Paxlovid for COVID-19 manufactured by Pfizer was approved by Health Canada in January.

Treatment for antivirals must be started within five days of symptoms in most cases.

Those who are part of higher risk groups and who have COVID-19 symptoms should immediately seek testing and care.

A positive rapid antigen test, PCR or rapid molecular test is required as part of the assessment for antiviral treatment.

The following higher-risk groups are eligible to be tested and assessed for antiviral treatments, such as Paxlovid, in Ontario:

  • Individuals aged 18 and over who are immunocompromised (have an immune system that is weakened by a health condition or medications);
  • Individuals aged 70 and over;
  • Individuals aged 60 and over with fewer than three vaccine doses; and
  • Individuals aged 18 and over with fewer than three vaccine doses and at least one risk condition (e.g., a chronic medical condition)

You can use this screening tool to see if you are eligible for the treatment.

There are numerous pharmacies in Durham that carry Paxlovid you can find one by clicking here.

There is also a Lakeridge Health COVID-19 Therapeutic Clinic at the Ajax Pickering Hospital.

That clinic is by appointment only.

Patients will be referred to the clinic from the COVID-19 Assessment Centres.

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