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Albertsons, Cue Health partner on COVID-19 testing at pharmacies nationwide

In-pharmacy COVID-19 testing is now available at 900 Albertsons stores nationwide.

Albertsons and Cue Health, a healthcare technology company, shared that they are joining in a first-of-its-kind partnership.

The two companies are working together to offer customers access to Cue’s highly accurate, convenient and fast molecular COVID-19 tests at participating Albertsons pharmacies across the country. Pharmacy personnel will provide this new service, which will allow customers to get Cue's lab-quality COVID-19 test results delivered to their email in 20 minutes.

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“To offer customers convenient, quick and accurate solutions we have partnered with Cue Health to feature these tests in our community pharmacies. Adding this diagnostic test expands options for our customers to access proactive health-and-wellness solutions at our stores,” Omer Gajial, Albertsons executive vice president of pharmacy and health said.

Albertsons and Cue piloted this in-pharmacy COVID-19 testing program last fall in 40 pharmacies in the state of Washington and at Lumen Field for fans attending Seattle Seahawks home games. The companies have since rolled out the offering into approximately 900 pharmacies and and said they expect the test to be available at most Albertsons pharmacies over the coming weeks.

“This collaboration encapsulates what we believe is a critical component to the future of diagnostics: immediate access to convenient, fast and highly accurate testing solutions on the go,” Ayub Khattak, co-founder and CEO of Cue Health, said. “Whether individuals require testing for travel, work or peace of mind, in-pharmacy testing at Albertsons stores removes barriers and provides real-time data that enables customers to make more informed decisions. We are excited to work with Albertsons to offer more customers access to our innovative testing technology as we work to usher in the digital transformation of personalized health care.”

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Customers can schedule a Cue test at an Albertsons pharmacy online. Walk-ins and appointments are also available through an Albertsons local banner app for people aged 2 years old and older. Testing for those under the age of 18 years old requires parental consent and must have a guardian present.

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