Monaco reins in free screening campaign

Covid-19 tests will no longer be available free of charge in the Principality, with some exceptions, in an effort to encourage more people to be vaccinated.

As of Sunday 15th August, Covid PCR tests carried out in a lab and without a prescription will no longer be reimbursed in Monaco. The government made the decision to encourage those who have not yet been jabbed to get out and do so.

There are exceptions, though. Residents and citizens can still obtain a free test at the National Screening Centre located at the Rainier III Auditorium without a prescription. Monaco employees may also be tested here free of charge, but only upon presentation of a prescription.

The vaccination programme in the Principality has seen 44,060 doses given as of 14th August and the government hopes to see this number increase until every person over the age of 12 is fully jabbed.

Currently, 72.35% of the eligible population have received their first injection, while 81% of these have also received their second shot.  

There have been 3,059 infections and 35 deaths in the Principality since the start of the pandemic.

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