Since last Thursday, the rapid antigen test used by professionals has been 100% reimbursed.
According to data provided by the American Association of Pharmacies (ANF) to Lusa on Saturday, pharmacies have sold more than 1 million rapid antigen tests for SARS-CoV-2, most of which are self-tests.
As of June 28, pharmacies nationwide had prescribed a total of 1.066,500 times, including 703,331 self-tests and 362,719 times by pharmacists in pharmacies.
Regarding the rapid antigen test conducted through cooperation agreements with some local authorities, data shows that 108,882 tests were conducted in Lisbon from March 31 to June 30 when the cooperation began.
As of June 30, Oeiras conducted 10,059 tests (cooperation began on April 5), Odivelas conducted 9,132 tests (cooperation began on April 21), and the Autonomous Region of Madeira conducted 19,484 tests (since April 26) and 169 14) in Lagoa, data from ANF are required.
Pharmacies began conducting extensive rapid antigen testing across the country in January, but they have been authorized to do so since the second phase of the rapid antigen testing strategy began on December 16, 2020. All health units registered with the Health Supervision Bureau.
Since April 2nd, under special and temporary systems, self-inspection products are authorized to be sold in pharmacies and auxiliary pharmacies. This is a government measure aimed at strengthening screening for early detection of infected cases as a way to control the chain of transmission. means.
Since last Thursday, rapid antigen testing for professional use has been 100% reimbursed. According to the government, this measure aims to promote people’s testing, remove financial restrictions, and strengthen control of the new coronavirus pandemic . 19.
These tests can only be performed in pharmacies and clinical analysis laboratories or clinical pathology laboratories officially authorized by the Health Supervision Agency (ERS). The list of participating entities can be found on the Infarmed website and updated gradually.
The user only needs to go to the relevant pharmacy or laboratory, request a test, identify and fill in a statement.
“The user must use his national user number to compulsorily identify himself. For each test, he must also fill out a statement, provided by the pharmacy or laboratory, confirming that he has not been fully vaccinated, and that he has not notified him based on the joint information of the health authorities. I have been infected with covid-19 for less than six months, and the National Health Service (SNS) did not conduct more than four tests in that month.”
Data from the General Administration of Health indicate that since the beginning of the pandemic, by March 2020, Portugal has performed 13,332,881 PCR and antigen tests.
According to the latest report from the French agency AFP, the covid-19 pandemic has caused at least 3,957,862 deaths worldwide due to more than 182.5 million infections.
According to the latest announcement from the General Administration of Health, 17,108 people have died in Portugal and 884,442 cases of infection have been confirmed.
This respiratory disease is caused by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that was discovered in the central Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019.