The Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, has confirmed, after the meeting of the Interterritorial Council held in Extremadura this afternoon, his predisposition that pharmacies can begin to do antigen tests. To this end, Health has asked the autonomous communities that those who want to test for Covid-19 in pharmacies, as requested by the Community of Madrid, present a detailed plan.
This plan must include aspects related to personnel, means, personal protective equipment, records and facilities in the pharmacy offices so that they can adequately carry out the coronavirus detection tests.
Therefore, the minister has not refused that these tests can be carried out in pharmacies, although he has warned that it is a technical debate in which there are reservations of a legal nature and professional groups. “The more diagnostic tests the better, as long as they are well done,” Illa added.
The performance of antigen tests in pharmacies has been demanded by both the Government of the Community of Madrid and the Catalan Government, which have defended the professionalism of the pharmaceutical staff to carry it out despite the reluctance on the part of groups such as the Nursing or Public Health experts.
The regional government of Isabel Díaz Ayuso has insisted on many occasions on the request that antigen tests can be done in the pharmacies of the Madid Community, which has a network of more than 2,800 stores of this type, and has defended that its “professionals are trained, guarantee safety and hygiene and the results can be communicated to the Madrid Health System”.
The regional government, in addition, has pointed to massive tests and rapid diagnosis as key factors in managing this second wave regarding the incidence of Covid-19 in the Community of Madrid, where more than 3 million have been carried out of tests since this pandemic began, with an average of 190,000 weekly.
Today, the European Commission has endorsed the training of “additional test operators other than health personnel” to carry out antigen tests, including pharmacists, in order to “guarantee sufficient capacities and resources for sampling, the tests and the presentation of reports “, as expressed by the community organism through a document published this Wednesday.
For its part, Illa has announced that the Government and regional executives have agreed to create a working group so that the next Interterritorial Health Council present a package of recommendations in relation to the December long weekend and Christmas.
The bridge of the Constitution and the Immaculate Conception next to Christmas are looming on the horizon as the next great health challenge facing the ministry led by Salvador Illa. His department, together with the autonomous communities, is already working to agree on guidelines that allow safe mobility and celebrations that do not fertilize a hypothetical third wave of the pandemic.