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Free rapid COVID tests to be available at Ontario stores through to next June

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Ontario is extending a program providing free rapid tests for COVID-19 to the end of June next year.

The program provides the rapid antigen tests through venues that include grocery stores and pharmacies.

It was previously extended this summer until Dec. 31.

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Health Minister Sylvia Jones says the program will now be extended to June 30, 2023.

The move comes as a combination of RSV, the flu and COVID-19 have been putting immense strain on pediatric hospitals across Ontario.

Infectious disease experts have been urging everyone, but especially children aged five and under, to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and influenza ahead of the holiday season.

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