Antigen testing portal ‘open for acting’, says minister

The HSE portal allowing people to register their positive antigen tests will open from today.

Of course, people who have contracted COVID-19 will still need proof of a positive laboratory test to obtain a recovery certificate.

The system will be phased out during the day, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said, and positive antigen tests, as well as details of close contacts, can be also be uploaded.

However, in order to obtain an EU digital COVID certificate on a recovery basis for use for indoor dining in pubs and restaurants, for cinemas and cinemas or for international travel, people still need a positive PCR or professional antigen test. will be required.

“For the purpose of recovery certificates, it’s PCR or a professionally administered antigen test – the rules are very clear. So it doesn’t help people in any way,” said HSE’s lead on testing and tracing, Damien McCallion.

He said that the purpose of uploading positive antigen test is because Public health advice may be given to a person sick with COVID, to identify their close contacts, and not for “any other purpose”.

“This is primarily for public health purposes,” Mr McCallion said.

i added that There were “limited safeguards” that could be implemented.

This clarification comes after it was announced that the increased close contacts will not have to restrict their movements from today.

The government moved last month to issue free antigen tests to people below 40 years of age with symptoms amid pressure on the PCR testing system during the festive period.

HSE chief Paul Reid said: It would be better if the “hearts and minds” of the people were won over by persuading them to vaccinate.

“We haven’t seen any major abuse to date,” he said.

However, a positive antigen test would still be required to be able to claim workers’ sick pay.

Mr People who Donnelly accepted will be able to enter a fake positive antigen test through the portal and that “pretend acting” can happen.

“We’re counting on people doing the right thing,” he told reporters at the new RDS vaccination center.

“Is it open to a little drama-acting? It is, but I have no doubts about it, and of course, I was talking to the HSE team this morning on it, they told that’s what happened and people It is being used very responsibly by

Sinn Féin TD David Cullinne said that if the government had introduced a portal for registering positive antigen tests months ago, a verification system could already exist that would protect fake positive antigen tests from being registered.

“We have to trust people and there is an element of self-examination. The vast, vast majority of people will be responsible,” he said.

“The problem for the government is that they are approaching antigen testing as an issue of necessity as opposed to being out of plan, as the PCR testing system is overwhelmed.

“Now they are playing catch-up and setting up systems at the last minute. For me, that is where the failure lies.”

Mr Donnelly also said that “a lot of people” have yet to get their boosters as new rules apply to close contacts who have been boosted.

He said he hoped not everyone would contract Covid-19.

“Probably about 500,000 people a week are receiving Omicron, so it’s not an inherent virus,” he said.

“If at the moment about half a million people are getting it in a week, then certainly a lot of people in the country would have got it at this point in time,” he said.

The minister said that Nephet had suggested that due to the high number of cases being missed and unreported, the peak of the Omicron virus could pass without picking up.

“We will know later, because there are so many cases that we are not recording,” he said.