Rapid antigen tests for professional use still free in February

Rapid antigen tests for professional use will continue to be reimbursed in February, given the current epidemiological situation of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, according to an order published in the Official Journal.

“In the context of the current epidemiological situation, it is important to continue to ensure the validity of the exceptional and temporary regime until February 28, 2022, by continuing the use of SARS-CoV-2 detection tests”, specifies the decree signed by the Secretary of State for Health, Diogo Serras Lopes.

Each user can take four free rapid antigen tests (RAg) per month at pharmacies, clinical pathology or clinical analysis laboratories or other healthcare providers duly registered with the Health Regulatory Authority for this purpose. .

According to data provided to the Lusa agency by the National Institute of Health Dr. Ricardo Jorge (INSA), 33,091,055 screening tests for SARS-Cov-2 have already been carried out in Portugal until Tuesday, of which 18,572 888 PCR and 14,518,167 TRag.

This month alone, 6,286,230 diagnostic tests were carried out, including 1,907,802 PCR and 4,378,428 TRAg, for a daily average of 251,449 tests.

The ordinance is in effect until February 28, 2022, without prejudice to its possible extension.

As part of this system, rapid Covid-19 antigen tests are available in 1,351 pharmacies and 684 laboratories in the country, according to data from the National Authority for Medicines and Health Products (Infarmed).

There are also 56 health facilities where these tests can be carried out free of charge.

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