Paid Covid-19 tests: price, people concerned … all you need to know

From this Friday, October 15, the free Covid tests are over! People who are not vaccinated and do not have a prescription will now have to pay to perform a PCR or antigen test and obtain the precious health pass that will allow them to access different places or requested by their employer.

Who will be affected?

People vaccinated with or without symptoms will be able to continue to have free tests. These tests will always be covered by Social Security, on presentation of the health pass. Regarding unvaccinated people on the other hand, it will now be necessary to put the hand in the wallet.

However, exceptions have been made by the government. Thus, the tests will remain free for minors, young people who have just reached the age of majority in high school, unvaccinated adults showing symptoms provided they have a prescription of less than 48 hours, people identified as a contact case by Insurance. disease, people with a certificate of recovery less than six months old and people with a certificate of vaccine contraindication or recovery, in the form of a QR-Code

Free also applies to tests carried out during collective screening organized by regional health agencies or within national education establishments.

How much will that cost?

The price of a PCR test carried out in the laboratory will be 43.89 euros. That of an antigen test will be different depending on where and on the day it is performed. In pharmacies, it will be billed 25 euros on weekdays and 30 euros on Sundays. In the laboratory, it will cost you 22 euros and 45 euros when it is carried out by a doctor, cost of the consultation included in the price.

Finally, with regard to the self-test carried out in front of a pharmacist, it will cost only 5.20 euros. However, this test will no longer allow you to obtain the health pass from this Friday, October 15, because they are considered less reliable.

End of free Covid tests © Bruno Bebert

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