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Free coronavirus tests in Germany: New plans for the Minister of Health and who gets approved for free testing

Free coronavirus tests in Germany: According to German Health Minister Jens Spahn plans, children aged 12-17 and pregnant women should continue to be allowed to take free rapid coronavirus tests until the end of this year 2021.

“For these two groups, the vaccination recommendation has only recently been issued,” the minister told Die Welt. These people will be able to receive the vaccine in the coming weeks. The issue of vaccinations and free coronavirus tests for the indicated groups will be regulated in a new federal government decree.

The first draft of the new regulation initially stipulated that tests for children aged 12 to 17 should remain free until November 30.

And German Chancellor Angela Merkel had agreed with state prime ministers to cancel the Corona tests, whose costs are covered by the state, as the vaccination campaign in Germany progresses. The German health minister said that from October 11, anyone who could be vaccinated would have to pay for the test themselves.

According to government plans in Germany, testing will remain free for all those who cannot be vaccinated, including children under 12 years old.

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