Covid Antigen Testing

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Antigen test €40 at McCabes Pharmacy

What is a COVID Antigen test?

An Antigen test detects the presence of a specific viral protein known as an antigen which is found on the surface of the COVID-19 virus. An Antigen test is not as accurate as a PCR test and are designed to detect the virus at levels that are more likely to mean you’re infection and could spread the infections to others.

What stores can I book my COVID Antigen test in?

An Antigen test can be booked in the following locations: 

Adelphi, Airside, Blanchardstown, Bray, Clarehall, Dundrum, Gorey, Glasnevin, Limerick, Lusk, Malahide, Pavilions, Ridgewood, Sandyford, Santry, Thurles, Wexford, Yellow Walls.


Frequently Asked Questions:
  • Who is this test suitable for?
    • The test is being offered primarily for the purpose of travel to EU countries
  • Who is it not suitable for?
    • Anyone who has symptoms of Covid-19
    • Anyone who thinks they have Covid-19
    • Anyone who may be a close contact of someone has COVID-19
    • Anyone who recently arrived in Ireland from somewhere where the advice is to self-isolate
  • How do I book my test?
    • Click on the link below to register for an appointment
    • Fill in the registration details and select your chosen store
    • Payment will be taken at the time of booking
    • If for any reason you have to cancel your booking, a refund will be made directly to your account
  • How much does the test cost?
    • The cost of this test is €40
  • Important booking Information
    • You are required to bring a form of photo ID to confirm your identity. If you are using this service for travelling this must be your passport.
    • It is important to ensure your full name, date of birth and, if you are travelling your passport number is entered correctly
    • Remember to wear a face mask when attending your appointment
    • Do not present for your appointment if you are currently suffering from any Covid symptoms
  • What does the test involve?
    • The test involves taking a swab from the back of your nose. A testing kit is then used in the pharmacy to assess for the presence of COVID-19 antigens.
    • The test itself will only take a couple of minutes and will be performed by your pharmacist
    • You get the results after 15 minutes and these will be e-mailed directly to you
  • Travel and EU Digital COVID Certificate
    • If you get a negative test you will receive your Digital Covid Certificate via e-mail
    • If you require this test for international travel, ensure that you are familiar with the current requirements for the country you are entering
    • Check the DFA website for the latest travel requirements
  • What do I do if my Antigen test is positive?
    • You should go directly home, self isolate and book a COVID test


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