PEI Liberal Caucus calls on King Government to support Island businesses in acquiring rapid tests
With recent guidelines implemented by the King Conservatives, vaccinations, testing and isolation of people who test positive are becoming commonplace in many communities on PEI.
“Our Liberal Caucus has been calling for better distribution and access to testing for those Islanders who want to determine if they have COVID-19 to allow people to respond more quickly and keep businesses rolling, but they seem to be unable to provide those products and services consistently across PEI,” says Liberal Health critic MLA Robert Henderson.
A recently announced Government of Canada program is available to small and medium sized Island businesses to provide increased and timely access to rapid antigen tests to use for workplace screening of their employees in collaboration with Shoppers Drug Mart.
“The rapid screening tests are provided free of charge by the Government of Canada but a Shoppers Drug Mart handling fee of $14 will apply. Although Shoppers Drug Mart does not have drug stores in many Island communities, distribution by courier to all Island businesses could be made possible and I am calling on the King government to do its part and cover the handling and shipping fees for Island businesses,” asserts Henderson.
“The Government of Canada has been providing all of the vaccines and most testing materials for COVID-19 detection and control from the beginning, and the PEI Legislature has approved significant contingency funding over the past budget. It is time for the King Conservatives to do their part. Our businesses need every opportunity to survive and grow in this challenging time and access to testing is critical so workers can return to their duties as quickly and safely as possible. Why should Island businesses and workers be further burdened by this cost?” says Henderson.