How many pharmacies will still offer Covid-19 screening tests from this Friday? With the end of reimbursement for people who have not been vaccinated, have no contact or symptoms, pharmacists expect demand to drop suddenly. When the health pass came into effect during the summer, they had worked hard alongside laboratories to offer PCRs but also antigens, the result of which is known in 15 minutes. Not sure that everyone is continuing the device.
Last minute rush
The center pharmacy in Nantes is expecting a busy day, with non-vaccinated people who would like to get their health pass one last time without having to take out their wallet. “We have 70 or 80 reservations at the end of the day this Thursday, not to mention those who come without an appointment. It is much more than the last days where I did around 40 tests a day, explains Ulysse Darmenec, the student who has been working on them since August. People rushed in on the last day before they had to pay. “
In this pharmacy, we are therefore hesitant about the procedure to be followed in the coming days: to continue to offer tests or not? “Maybe drop by drop, when there are requests, but it is not registered”, specifies Ulysse Darmenec. _ “_Perhaps those who had barnums will withdraw them. A number are likely to quit altogether this activity, believes Denis Millet, co-president of the Federation of Pharmaceutical Syndicates in Loire-Atlantique. Is it worth it to organize for two tests a day? It is not certain.”
Up to 80% fewer tests expected
“A very large volume will disappear, it is believed that demand will fall by more than 80%, explains Denis Millet. _There will be almost only people with symptoms and contact cases_, but there are less and less fortunately with the epidemic which ebbs. Maybe a few unvaccinated who will pay. “ Most pharmacies had not hired additional staff to perform the tests: “for some, it will be one less weight”, recognizes the co-president of the Federation of Pharmaceutical Syndicates of the department.
From the moment a patient requests that the test be free, the pharmacist will be responsible for checking his vaccination status., either with its paper certificate, or via an online site reserved for professionals. A device that is not very complicated to set up according to the Federation of Pharmaceutical Syndicates of Loire-Atlantique, especially if the number of tests is indeed in free fall.