Clarifications Min. Health for rapid test - Everything that will be valid from August 1st

Announcement of the Ministry of Health regarding the rapid tests for the 1st of August - For whom it will be free

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Answers to frequently asked questions about the rapid antigen test from 1 August

1.    What changes from 1η August and then in connection with the conduct of rapid antigen detection tests?

According to a decision of the Council of Ministers, dated July 2, 2021, from 1η In August, the free rapid antigen detection test for COVID-19 (antigen rapid test).

2.    Where a citizen can apply fasttest to ensure SafePass;

For SafePass release purposes, citizens can take a quick antigen test only in the licensed premises of the clinical laboratories which are the bodies primarily responsible for conducting tests, as well as in licensed premises of pharmacies.

The Ministry of Health has established procedures for control and supervision of the procedures to be followed regarding the necessary knowledge as well as the medical equipment that will be used, since only products of specific manufacturers can be used for the issuance of the European Digital Certificate as agreed by its Member States. The European Union. Regarding clinical laboratories or pharmacies, which will not comply with the procedures and instructions of the Ministry of Health in matters concerning the conduct and reporting of the results of the tests that will be performed, they will be revoked the approval of the tests and will be submitted to a fine.

It is clarified that other medical centers and / or clinical laboratories and pharmacies that will perform rapid testing with mobile units can not issue a SafePass and / or a European Digital Certificate.

3.    How much will it cost to perform the test in private clinical laboratories and pharmacies?

The maximum charge price according to a decision of the Council of Ministers, dated 16 July 2021, is set at 10 euros.

4.    The free control program ends with fasttest of the Ministry of Health?

No, the program of the Ministry of Health will be continued for the population groups, which for certain reasons cannot be vaccinated and to which it will continue to be provided free of charge.

5.    I can perform fasttest at own costs in the mobile sampling units that will operate through the program of the Ministry of Health?

No, the mobile sampling units that will continue through the program of the Ministry of Health will only serve the excluded population groups from the paid tests and are not authorized to receive money from citizens.

6.    Which groups of the population will be entitled to test in the mobile sampling units through the free program of the Ministry of Health?

With the necessary presentation of the evidence for identification purposes, the following groups can conduct a free rapid test through the program of the Ministry of Health:

  • The minors up to 16 years old who at this stage do not have the option of vaccination against it COVID-19.
  • The minors aged 16 and 17 years, meaning that their parents / legal guardians do not consent to their vaccination.
  • The persons 16 years of age and older who cannot be vaccinated with a medical certificate. The categories of citizens who cannot be vaccinated due to medical problems will be adopted upon the recommendation of the Pancyprian Medical Association and relevant instructions will be issued to citizens and health professionals.
  • The pregnant women with the necessary presentation of a medical certificate from their Gynecologists confirming that vaccination is not recommended.
  • The people who have been vaccinated with 1η dose of the vaccine and for the period of three weeks which must be tested as a prerequisite for the SafePass version. The Vaccination Card must be presented for verification purposes.
  • The individuals who have completed their vaccination regimen, but wish to be tested for their health monitoring purposes or for other reasons. It is understood that the Vaccination Card must be submitted.

In addition, the Ministry of Health, in the context of monitoring the epidemiological situation in the country, will continue its inspections in closed structures, nursing homes and other places where high-risk people live and / or belong to vulnerable groups of the population.

7.    How often should I have a rapid antigen test?

For SafePass issuance purposes and provided that the citizen over 12 years of age does not hold a certificate of vaccination or recovery from the disease COVID-19 the last 180 days, must be examined PCR or rapid antigen detection test every 72 hours.