Home Tests for COVID Arrive in Portugal’s Pharmacies — Some of Them

Around 500 pharmacies, as well as Pingo Doce and Well’s, are carrying the rapid antigen tests for COVID, but it’s unclear which ones.

Illustration by Valdemar Doria

Updated April 25, 2021

Portugal’s roll-out of the self-testing kits began last week and now includes reportedly 500 pharmacies and some Pingo Doce and Well’s locations.

All of Portugal’s districts have the home tests available as of April 1, Alliance Healthcare tells Público. So far, 120,000 tests have been “guaranteed” to these pharmacies, and more tests are expected, to keep up with demand.

It’s unclear, however, which pharmacies actually carry them. ECO, for example, found tests being sold at just one pharmacy out of the five the news outlet visited in Benfica on Thursday. 

Pingo Doce and Well’s stores began selling the home tests for around 7€ on Thursday, according to Público.

UPDATE April 25: Well’s currently sells the test for 4.99€ — and you can order online (search for “Teste Rápido Covid”).

CM-TV has a brief video on how to administer them (it’s in Portuguese). You can Google-translate ECO’s written instructions here. From our experience, the most difficult part of the test is twisting around the nasal swab in your nose;)

Those who receive inconclusive or positive results should contact SNS 24 (tel 808 242 424, press 9 for English)

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