Update on COVID-19 Testing

Dec 19, 2022

Western Health is advising that Public Health COVID-19 testing has concluded. Individuals will no longer be able to request a COVID test using the online COVID-19 Assessment and Test Reporting Tool. Discontinuing testing through Public Health will enable staff members to return to their roles in providing other health services. Public Health testing can be reinstated if needed, however, based on increased demand.

Rapid antigen COVID tests are now available to the public through delivery by Canada Post, at public libraries  and MHA offices. If you are at higher risk of severe disease, you should use a rapid antigen test. If positive, you may be eligible for early treatment. Contact your primary care provider (family physician or nurse practitioner) or your pharmacist to discuss if treatment is appropriate for you.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 stay at home until your symptoms have improved and you haven’t had a fever for at least 24 hours. It is recommended to use a rapid antigen test if you have them on hand. If the first test is negative, and you continue to have symptoms, do another test 48 hours later. To keep those around you safe, when you are feeling better and leave home, for 10 days after your symptoms, you should wear a mask outside you are household, avoid non-essential visits to high-risk areas, and avoid non-essential close contact with high-risk individuals’

Individuals are encouraged to stay up to date with COVID vaccinations. All individuals older than 5 years of age may receive a booster 20 weeks after their last dose. It is recommended individuals have their booster dose at least 3 months after having a COVID-19 infection.

It is also recommended that all individuals six months and older receive their flu shots.

Online booking is only available for COVID-19 vaccine and flu shot appointments for individuals aged five and older in:

  • Corner Brook Valley Mall
  • Stephenville Public Health Office (149 Montana)
  • Port aux Basques Public Health Office (Barhaven Drive)

If you wish to book an appointment at one of these sites, please book online here. Those unable to book online can schedule an appointment by calling 1-833-703-5470 toll free. For all other areas in the region, and for vaccines for children under the age of five, please call your local Public Health office to book an appointment.

Walk-ins are available at the Valley Mall location only, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on:

  • December 14
  • December 20 and 21
  • December 28 and 29

Individuals who are homebound and not able to visit a vaccine clinic/physician office can call their local public health office to coordinate a home visit.

Vaccines are also available at many local pharmacies and physician offices.

More information can be found at https://www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/vaccine/gettheshot/

A full list of public health locations offering vaccinations can be found here.