A number of Austrian pharmacies will provide free antigen rapid tests for SARS-CoV-2 from Monday as part of a pilot scheme.
The news was announced by the President of the Chamber of Pharmacists, Ulrike Mursch-Edlmayr, in a press conference at the Federal Chancellery on Friday.
The list of participating pharmacies is available here on the website of the Chamber of Pharmacists.
There are currently 400 pharmacists in all Austrian federal states, with the number of participating pharmacies to be expanded in the coming weeks.
Anyone wanting to get a test will need to register via telephone first. Remember to bring your e-card with you.
If you test negative, you will receive an immediate result from the pharmacy.
If you test positive, you’ll be asked to go into self-quarantine and to call 1450. The pharmacy will also notify the health authorities.
Why is Austria making tests free in pharmacies?
The test results can be used by customers of hairdressers and other ‘body hugging’ services which open on Monday as part of a planned easing of lockdown measures.
Similarly, school children wanting to take part in face to face lessons will also need to be tested.
Around 20 percent of Austrian pharmacies already offer paid-for rapid tests, according to Mursch-Edlmayr.
In the future, these should be available free of charge, although registration is required.