A two million campaign serological tests, the first in Italy completely dedicated to students of all levels (0-18 years and adults, if enrolled in high school), cohabiting family members (including parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters of pupils, always up to upper secondary school), and to university students, provided they are assisted in Emilia-Romagna.
From Monday 19 October, the Region has launched free and rapid screening – it takes place in just 15 minutes – available by reservation in over 660 pharmacies, the ones that have signed up for now, but the number is slightly increasing. It will remain active until 30 June 2021, with the possibility of taking the test more than once throughout the school year.
“A massive epidemiological investigation underlines by the Region – to strengthen the prevention and control activities against Coronavirus, made possible thanks to the agreement signed with the territorial trade associations of the affiliated public and private pharmacies.”
“A campaign that potentially targets almost half of the Emilia-Romagna population, because while waiting for the vaccine, this battle against the virus can only be won by our ability to identify, circumscribe and extinguish any new outbreaks in the bud – declares Raffaele Donini, councilor for health policies-. An epidemiological investigation of this kind is unprecedented in Italy, and we have chosen to focus these efforts on our children, on students of all levels, because we want a school as safe as possible, as soon as possible. And we carry out this campaign in our own way, as Emilia-Romagna has always done – concludes Donini -: for free, in a universal way, playing as a team with a fundamental component of our health system, the affiliated pharmacies. We hope that the citizens’ response will be maximum ”.
For now, 667 public or private pharmacies have already joined the initiative, 50% of the total number present in the region, but the doors remain open for those who intend to do so in the future. In Piacenza, 65 pharmacies have already responded positively (66%), in Parma 77 (54%), in Reggio Emilia 76 (49%), in Modena 73 (36%), in Bologna 154 (52%), in Ferrara 49 ( 38%), in Ravenna 59 (54%), in Forlì-Cesena 69 (59%), in Rimini 45 (46%).
I can access the free test for all children from 0 to 18 years and adults who attend upper secondary school, with their parents, brothers and sisters and other family members living together. Not only that, because the Region also wanted to include another significant segment of the population: university students who have a general practitioner in Emilia-Romagna.
To carry out the test, simply make an appointment with the pharmacist, consulting the list of members on the website https://salute.regione.emilia-romagna.it/sierologico-farmacie, which will be constantly updated. In the case of minors, a parent or guardian must give their consent and be present at the time of the check, which will always take place in compliance with all safety measures, from the mandatory and correct use of the mask to the hygiene of the hands at the entrance , from controlling body temperature to distancing.
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The pharmacist will register the data of the person undergoing the test on the Regional Pharmacy Portal; in the event of a positive result, the citizen will be contacted by the Public Sanctity Services of the Healthcare Assistance Company to perform the nasopharyngeal swab
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