The free antigen self-tests from pharmacies will expire at the end of October. PCR “living room tests” will soon follow the example of Vienna in Salzburg as well. Meanwhile, the Salzburg pharmacies are desperately waiting for the antigen tests to be replenished.
Free living room PCR tests follow the antigen self-tests from the pharmacy. The state of Salzburg is currently setting up new logistics for the tests, says media center manager Franz Wieser. 200 drop-off and collection points are planned, and you will get the test result within 20 hours. “Anyone who is in Salzburg can use that.” He also thinks of vaccinated people who want to check their infection status before attending a large event, for example. According to the country, it is also about the provision for security level 2, because antigen self-tests are no longer valid as access authorization. A new app is also planned. As soon as all locations are fixed, the public will be informed.
Antigen self-tests remain valid for the time being
Up to Corona security level 2 (300 intensive care patients), antigen self-tests are valid as 3-G evidence (but not for the Green Pass). As soon as this number is exceeded, the antigen test must be done in the pharmacy or in test lanes. From level three (400 intensive care patients) gold-plated only vaccinated, recovered, PCR-tested.
Pharmacies are waiting for October delivery
The free tests that can be picked up with the e-card for October are currently not yet available, as a broadcast on Monday afternoon in several pharmacies showed. The pharmacists themselves wait for the new delivery from the Ministry of Health. The tests in many pharmacies have been over since mid-September. Kornelia Seiwald, President of the Salzburg Chamber of Pharmacists, said: “19 million tests were to come. The ministry ordered late, originally they did not want to reorder at all, they only reordered after pressure from the Chamber of Pharmacists.” They are hoping for the tests to arrive every hour, she adds. “The situation is not satisfactory for anyone. It is exhausting to tell people this every day, they don’t understand why they don’t get their tests.” In the meantime, however, YOU could be offered to do free antigen or PCR tests in the pharmacy.