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The antiviral treatment Paxlovid, which has been available in Canada by prescription since early 2022, can now be prescribed by pharmacists in Ontario. This will expand access to the medication and increase protection those in the community who are most vulnerable to serious illness as a result of COVID-19.


What is Paxlovid?

Paxlovid is an antiviral treatment for COVID-19. It is prescribed for those with mild to moderate COVID-19 who are at risk of becoming seriously ill.

Paxlovid stops the virus that causes COVID-19 from multiplying. If taken within the first few days after symptoms begin, it can help keep COVID-19 from worsening and help your body to overcome the infection. It can help prevent hospitalization and death.

PAXLOVID does not protect you from future infections and is not a substitute for vaccination.

Who is eligible for Paxlovid?

Paxlovid is given to people who are at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19. Your risk of serious illness is determined based on a combination of your health, age and vaccination status, based on an assessment from a health care provider.

To find out if you should be assessed for treatment, use Ontario Health’s COVID-19 Antiviral Treatment Screener.

How can I get a prescription for Paxlovid?

Prescriptions are available through any doctor or nurse practitioner in Ontario and at clinical assessment centres across the province. Beginning December 12, pharmacists across Ontario are also able to prescribe Paxlovid. Eligible individuals should contact their local pharmacy to confirm if they prescribe Paxlovid and how to get a prescription for Paxlovid.

For more information, see Ontario Health’s COVID-19 Testing and Treatment page.