May 9, 2021

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Delivery of Covid-19 self tests to all pharmacies underway; availability from April 9

The delivery of Covid-19 self tests to pharmacies on remote islands has begun, while the aim is for all 11,000 pharmacies in the country to be fully stocked by next Friday, April 9, so that the tests can start to be distributed free of charge to the public.

Priority will be given to school pupils aged 16-18 years old and teachers, followed by all adults aged 18 to 67 years old and lastly those above 67. Each individual is entitled to one free self test a week and up to four a month for two months, upon display of their AMKA number and ID. Tests for minors must be obtained by their parents or legal guardians.

A tender for the supply of 10 million self tests was held the previous week, with the first batch imported last Friday and the next batch expected within the week.

During the first week of distribution, self tests will be given only to highschool students and teachers. The pharmacies will be linked directly to the IDIKA platform and cross-checking with AMKA numbers will prevent people obtaining multiple tests from different pharmacies. It will also help in restocking quantities in pharmacies as they run out, while the supply chain will be supervised by the armed forces and civil protection agency.

1 thought on “Delivery of Covid-19 self tests to all pharmacies underway; availability from April 9

  1. My wife and I have been property owners here in Crete for the last 3 years, and full time residents since Feb 2020. We are both 70 plus.Due to Brexit we had our Police resident certificate made out to expire 31/12/2020 and are unable to renew them until July 2021, we cannot get EKA or Amka registration as we don’t have a Residents card, and although listed have not had any reply regarding vaccinations and now I see we can’t even get “free” test kits either. Having invested a considerable amount to the Greek economy we are clearly not considered to be worthy of being treated as valued citizens of this wonderful Island while the government rushes head long into getting any one with money to spend to come flooding into the country. .

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