Now in sight: The Corona Test Ordinance and the Corona Vaccination Ordinance will expire in the coming weeks. Both schemes expire this year. Both regulations are being worked on, as the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) informed upon request. The Corona Test Ordinance expires on 25 November 2022. The amendment to Title IV of the Coronavirus Testing Ordinance of 31 August 2022 is now in force. Vaccination rules against the coronavirus expire at the end of the year – on 31 December 2022. However, pharmacists can still administer the Covid 19 vaccine until 7 April 2023 in accordance with Section 20b of the Infection Protection Act. One thing is certain: Both schemes can be extended until 7 April 2023. The basis is § 20i paragraph 3 of the German Social Code (SGB) V.
According to this, the BMG is entitled, after hearing the Standing Committee on Vaccination (Stiko) and the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds (GKV-Spitzenverband), to specifically determine the entitlement of the insured person to further vaccinations or certain other specific precautionary measures by ordinance without the consent of the Bundesrat.
“The BMG is authorised to determine by 7 April 2023, in agreement with the Federal Ministry of Finance, by statutory order without the consent of the Bundesrat, that insured persons are entitled to
a) have certain protective vaccinations or on certain other measures of specific prophylaxis […].
(b) have specific tests for the detection of the presence of infection with a particular pathogen or for the presence of antibodies to that pathogen.”.
BMG: Coronavirus test ordinance and vaccination ordinance are currently “in progress”. But what happens when the Corona Test Regulations expire on 25 November 2022?
Both regulations are currently being revised. Therefore, it would only be possible to give information about possible changes after the conclusion of the procedure.
What is the current status of citizen testing?
The naturalisation test: Who pays and who doesn’t?
The free Corona trial for all ends on 1 September. According to the Federal Ministry of Health, you are entitled to the following free tests:
- Children under 5
- People who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons – such as pregnant women in the first trimester
- Individuals who were participating in clinical trials on the efficacy of the Corona vaccine at the time of the test.
- People who need tests to end isolation
- Visitors and patients or residents in inpatient and outpatient care and hospital facilities
- caring relatives
- Family members of confirmed infected persons
Nursing home and hospital staff continue to be tested in the facilities.
A deductible of €3 for citizen testing is currently paid:
- Persons wishing to participate in indoor events on the day of the examination
- People who are likely to be in contact with people at high risk of severe COVID-19 on the day of the test (people aged 60 and over, people with chronic diseases).
- People who have received indications of increased risk from the Corona warning app.