Free distribution of Covid-19 antigen self-tests starts

The free distribution of Covid-19 antigen self-tests by pharmacies, exclusively to high school students aged 16-18 and teachers, started on Thursday. The test is given upon presentation of a valid AMKA social security number and, together with the self test kit, recipients are given written instructions on the correct taking of the sample.

The registration of self tests per AMKA is done in real time to avoid the phenomenon of multiple tests being handed out by different pharmacies to the same person. Self tests are rapidly detectable nasal-swab tests (using a nasal instead of nasopharyngeal / oral pharyngeal sample), performed at home and do not require the supervision of a health professional.

Authorities clarified that the individual self tests are designed for healthy and asymptomatic individuals. For those with symptoms of infection, ie a fever, cough or others, a negative test must always also be confirmed by a molecular test. This means that self-tests must be carried out even if there are no symptoms of COVID-19, since one in three carriers is asymptomatic.

School children must carry out the self tests some 24 to 48 hours before lessons begin and its result (whether positive or negative) must be declared on the platform self-testing.gov.gr, the operation of which started on Wednesday.