In Salzburg, the free PCR gargle tests for at home will be available in 54 supermarkets across the country from Wednesday. This replaces the free rapid antigen tests from pharmacies. There are more than 240 stations available throughout the state for submitting samples.
Free PCR gargle tests, as they have been in use in Vienna for months, should now also help in Salzburg to get the CoV pandemic under control.
More reliable PCR tests instead of rapid tests
The gurgle tests replace the less reliable quick nose bur tests and will be available from Wednesday in 54 Spar, Eurospar, Interspar and Maxim markets across the country. Initially, only one package with ten gargle tests will be handed out per household. The country appeals not to hoard tests and expects to adjust the supply depending on demand.
Procedure of the gargle tests
Every sample carried out must be thrown in at one of the 241 collection points in selected municipal offices and McDonalds branches within two hours. The samples will be picked up at 10:00 a.m. The submission of the tests is possible from Monday to Saturday. If those willing to test submit their sample on a working day before 10 a.m., they will receive their CoV test result on the following day. Samples thrown in on Sunday will be evaluated by Tuesday morning at the latest.
If a result is available, those willing to test receive an SMS on their cell phone and a link to the result. The PCR gargle tests count as “3-G evidence” and can be imported into the “Green Pass”. Because the gurgle tests mean a lot of logistical effort, those responsible bit “a few days until the new system has settled in”.