Ljublijana to offer free covid-testing kits to school students

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Pharmacies in Ljublijana, Slovenia, will offer free covid-testing kits to school students at primary and secondary schools from Monday 29th September in time for the new school year. 

The tests are not mandatory and those who wish to take one can do so at home. The tests are free due to funds secured from Slovenia’s national health budget and ten free kits will be available to every primary and secondary school student each month. 

Tadej Ostrc, the Health Ministry State Secretary has said that the ministry is in close contact with the Chamber of Pharmacy and that the goal of voluntary self-testing is to identity those displaying signs of the coronavirus infection, rather than those who have no symptoms.

Ostrc also emphasised that anti-epidemic measures to be carried out in Autumn will be aimed at protecting mainly vulnerable groups such as older people whose immune systems are more likely to be compromised, as reported by total-slovenia-news.com 

If the epidemic worsens, Slovenia’s national Institute of Public Health has proposed that primary and secondary school students, as well as university students and participants in adult education programmes, would be subjected to mandatory weekly self-testing in order to prevent the further spread of the virus. 

For Slovenians who are not currently in primary or secondary education, self-administered rapid antigen tests can still be bought from pharmacies for around 20-30 euros, whereas for non-citizens tests can be around 95 euros.

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