COVID-19 Supports

High Priority Communities Strategy

We run weekly pop-up testing sites from 3-6 PM every Tuesday at the McLean Community Centre at 95 Magill Drive.


How to book a COVID-19 test in Durham Region...

Testing takes place at various locations throughout Durham Region.
here to book an appointment.

Rapid Asymptomatic COVID-19 test in Durham Region...

Shoppers Drug Mart
Cost: $40

Select Shopper Drug Mart locations offer asymptomatic rapid testing. Use their store locator to find your nearest location (be sure to select "Covid testing" under Phamacy Service search filter)

Cost: $26.25

CanaPHEM offers rapid COVID-19 screening at their Whitby location. Click here for more information

Need help booking or getting transportation to get tested?

Call 1-888-969-6746 or email


To learn more about how Durham Region is rolling out the vaccine, go to the

Durham Region Health Department COVID-19 Vaccine Information Page

Have questions about the vaccine?

How do I book a vaccine appointment in Durham Region?

Two mass vaccination clinics remain open to serve you!
Audley Recreation Centre (Pfizer and Moderna vaccines)
1955 Audley Road North, Ajax L1Z 0L2 | Map this location | Book appointment

Ontario Tech Campus Ice Centre (Pfizer and Moderna vaccines)
2200 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa L1H 7K4 | Map this location | Book appointment

How do I print my proof of vaccination?

You can print your proof of vaccination from the provincial health portal here.
If you need help with the portal or printing a paper copy, call 1-888-969-6746

Need help booking or getting transportation to get your vaccine?

Call 1-888-969-6746 or email



How can we help you cards:

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On Dec 21 2020 the provincial government announced an investment of $12.5 million towards a High Priority Communities Strategy (HPCS) which is aimed at providing funding to local lead agencies to work in partnership with Ontario Health, public health units, municipalities and other community partners to deliver key interventions for neighbourhoods most adversely affected by COVID-19.

Carea has been chosen as the lead agency for Durham Region. We will be collaborating with the following partners: Lakeridge Health, Community Care Durham, Durham Public Health, Durham EMS, and Durham Housing.

High priority neighbourhoods are selected due to their high COVID-19 prevalence, low testing rates, and sociodemographic barriers to testing. Currently, we are focusing on West Durham neighbourhoods.

The HPCS includes 3 Key Objectives:

1/ Offer Community Outreach and Engagement – increase awareness of COVID-19 to reduce transmission, provide COVID-specific health teaching, and share necessary information about available support services and provide PPE when required.

2/ Increase Access to Testing – removing barriers to ensure individuals can access testing sites. Pop-up testing sites will set up in these high priority neighbourhoods.

3/ Provide Wraparound Services – remove barriers to COVID-19 prevention by connecting people with necessary supports and services (ex. food, transportation, emergency financial assistance, etc.), while utilizing a case management approach.

As the issue with COVID-19 continues to escalate, there is a sense of urgency to operationalize the HPCS, and there will likely be further communities identified based on available Public Health data.

A COVID-19 Helpline has been set up at 1-888-969-6746. We can also be emailed at Please feel free to give us a call or email if you have questions about our pop-up testing sites, require aid with vaccination bookings, enhanced vaccine certificates, self-isolation instructions, or general COVID-19 inquiries.


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