What the end of the free coronatest in Berlin and Brandenburg means

Charged from October 11

What the end of the free coronatest means

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Restaurant, gym, cinema, hairdresser: Anyone who has not been vaccinated against Corona or has recovered from it must have a current rapid test. So far, the so-called citizen tests were free – from Monday no longer. What the unvaccinated should now consider.

On what basis is the rapid test now subject to a charge?

Meanwhile, everyone who can be vaccinated has been offered a vaccination, say officials in the responsible federal health ministry. “Therefore, a permanent takeover of the cost of all tests by the federal government and thus the taxpayers is no longer necessary,” the ministry’s website said.

Another reason is that the vaccination rate is stagnating and the health authorities believe that the progress is insufficient. According to experts at RKI, a vaccination rate of more than 85 percent would be necessary due to the significantly more contagious Delta variant.

According to official surveys, 65 percent of the citizens of Berlin have so far been fully vaccinated, and 59 percent of Brandenburg. According to the latest estimates from Thursday, the Robert Koch Institute is now assuming a higher vaccination rate. According to this, almost 80 percent of the vaccinated adults in Germany are vaccinated [tagesschau.de].

Making quick tests chargeable should also increase the pressure on those who are not voluntarily vaccinated – for the current 3G and 2G rules mean that a visit to restaurants or events is only possible for those who have been vaccinated who are healthy or fast. which has just been tested.

Where in Berlin will I need a test as unvaccinated in the future?

3G has been in effect in Berlin since August 20 – regardless of occurrence. Anyone who has not been vaccinated or has recovered from a coronary infection needs a daily test for the following indoor purposes: Gastronomy, tourist accommodation, sports, meetings with more than 50 people, concerts, cinema and club visits, visits to the hairdresser and other body-related services, visits to hospitals, rehabilitation facilities or facilities for the disabled. 3G also applies to outdoor events if more than 100 people are present at the same time.

The stricter 2G rulei.e. access only for vaccinated and healthy persons, applies in Clubs, discos, saunas, thermal baths and steam baths. In addition, operators of restaurants, facilities, events and similar companies can decide for themselves whether they want to use 2G. If 2G applies, there are no longer mask requirements, the minimum distances no longer have to be observed and the upper limit for persons no longer applies.

There are exceptions from October 9th but for people who cannot be vaccinated – they must have a negative PCR test in addition to a medical certificate. You have to pay for this PCR test yourself. The validity of such a test has been extended from 24 to 48 hours.

Where in Brandenburg will I need a test as unvaccinated in the future?

In Brandenburg, there is another for the unvaccinated and those who have not recovered test obligation from a local occurrence of 20. From 13 October this threshold is increased to 35. In other words, in urban and rural areas, where the seven-day incidence is below this incidence for at least five consecutive days, it is no longer necessary to present a negative test result in many areas of society.

she’s lying above the threshold of 35applies the test obligation in Indoor catering, in hotels and guesthouses, on bus trips, in indoor sports facilities such as gyms, in theaters, concert halls and other event rooms as well as in swimming pools, thermal baths and saunas.

Regardless of the occurrence On the spot, unvaccinated people must still have a test in Schools and day care centers, such as visitors to hospitals, nursing homes, facilities for the disabled, discos, clubs and festivals (both indoors and outdoors) as well as in sexual services.

Organizers and restaurateurs also have the opportunity to go for a stricter 2G model. This means that only those who have been vaccinated, those who have recovered and children up to the age of 12 have access. You can also find all information about this here.

The incidence in Brandenburg is currently about 42 confirmed new infections per. 100,000 inhabitants and has increased in the last few days. Cottbus has the highest incidence of 70, followed by Potsdam (67).

Who can continue to be tested for free?

– Children not more than twelve years and three months old.

– Young people between 12 and 17 years and pregnant women – however, this right only applies until the end of 2021.

– Breastfeeding women are entitled to a free test until 17 December [bundesgesundheitsministerium.de].

– Students from abroad who have been vaccinated with a vaccine other than the one approved in Germany by Biontech / Pfizer, Moderna, Astrazeneca and Johnson & Johnson [pei.de]. The right to free trials also expires for this group at the end of this year.

– People who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons and those who are in quarantine who have been proven infected can continue to take free samples.

– Persons participating in clinical trials of the effect of corona vaccines at the time of the test, or who have participated in such trials within the last three months.

– All these people can continue to do so in the future Try it for free at least once a week to let.

that Mandatory for employersto provide free rapid tests to their employees who do not work exclusively from home, continues to exist. According to this, employers must give their employees a test offer twice a week.

What will the lightning tests cost in the future for those who cannot be tested for free?

The federal government still pays private test providers 11.50 euros per. quick test and 52 euros per. PCR test. This fixed rate no longer applies from Monday. Thereafter, there is no government price specification. In other words: the market regulates. Larger test providers in Berlin and Brandenburg will calculate prices between approx twelve and 25 euros per. quick test. This resulted in inquiries from rbb | 24 to several companies in the region. on PCR tests According to providers, prices should be in between around 60 and 120 euros vary. However, prices may rise because fewer private operators are likely to remain.

How do you prove you’re still eligible for a free trial?

One is sufficient for children and young people ID card with photo. Anyone who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons must have one Certificate from the doctor show. The respective diagnosis does not have to stand on it, it is sufficient to confirm that there is a medical contraindication for a corona vaccination. Pregnant and breastfeeding women can do theirs maternity card presented as evidence. Students can use theirs diploma with her vaccination card demonstrate. And finally, study participants can meet Evidence of participation in the study to be exhibited.

What will become of test sites and test centers?

There are still more than 1,000 test centers in Berlin, almost all private. How many are now closing can not yet be said. There are fewer and fewer operators because demand has fallen steadily in recent months. For example, in August, the pharmacy chain “dm” decided not to offer more tests from October.

According to the health administration, the Berlin Senate will keep twelve state-owned test centers open, one in each district. These are only for those people who are still eligible for free trial periods. From October 11, all providers will no longer be available on test-to-go.berlin’s website [externer Link]but under direct tests.berlin [externer Link].

What issues may arise at the end of the free trial periods?

According to information from the NDR, WDR and the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”, several municipal health authorities assume that more who will not use the money for a test will falsify their proof of test. [tagesschau.de]. Customers can decide for themselves in which format they receive their test results. Many results are still published as PDF files. However, it is relatively easy to manipulate the date, the name and even the result.

The communications department of the responsible federal health ministry reacts evasively here. According to the ministry, more and more fast test results are now being released via the Cov-Pass app and the Corona warning app. Manipulations are much harder here. According to the Federal Criminal Police Office, there is still no evidence of widespread falsification of test results.

Another problem: If fewer people are tested, the number of unreported infections increases automatically – the health authorities then have a less accurate overview of the actual course of infection. [rki.de].

How much have the citizen tests cost so far in total?

According to the Federal Social Security Office, more than 3.7 billion euros. So far, 15,000 test centers nationwide have offered free quick tests. Germany is one of the last countries to offer these tests for free.

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