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Republic's primary schools to begin antigen testing system

Free Covid-19 antigen tests are to be made available free of charge to pupils of primary school children in the Republic.
Staff Reporter

A FREE antigen testing system is to begin in the Republic's primary schools from the end of this month.

The Health Service Executive scheme was confirmed yesterday by the south's education minister Norma Foley and health minister Stephen Donnelly and will see tests made available to pupils in school 'pods' in which a child in the group has been confirmed by PCR test to have Covid-19.

The antigen tests will be available for delivery to the parents of peach pupil in the pod, and no other details of the child with Covid will be shared.

Speaking of the scheme, which is set to begin on November 29, Mr Donnelly said: "Antigen testing is an additional layer in our public health advice. I welcome this move today, but I am keen to stress the public health message remains – anyone who has any respiratory symptoms should self-isolate at home and get a Covid-19 PCR test as soon as possible.

Ms Foley added: "School communities continue to do exceptional work in minimising the spread of Covid-19. I welcome the HSE’s introduction of this choice for parents and children to undertake antigen testing where there is a known case of Covid-19 in a child’s pod."

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