Pharmacists' Association: Mailing of vouchers for FFP2 masks is slow

Risk groups should receive FFP2 masks in pharmacies free of charge. Most pharmacies' warehouses are full of masks. However, the vouchers have not yet reached all customers

The mailing of vouchers for FFP2 masks for people over 60 and chronically ill people is slow to start according to the German Pharmacists' Association (DAV). "Customers in the pharmacies ask: 'Where are the vouchers?'", Said the deputy association spokeswoman Ursula Sellerberg on Tuesday of the DGerman press agency. Customers also kept asking whether they could get free masks again because they had not yet received any vouchers.

The German Foundation for Patient Protection demanded that it be possible for a mask purchase to be reimbursed later with a voucher. The risk of infection is now highest, said board member Eugen Brysch.

Federal government supports free mask campaign

The federal government had decided to issue the more protective FFP2 masks this winter for people at a particularly high risk of serious or fatal disease - that is up to 27 million people.

In a first step in December last year, those affected should be able to get three masks free of charge from the pharmacy. From January 1st, you should receive vouchers from the health insurance company for two six masks each with an own contribution of 2 euros each.

The federal government supports the campaign. A refund of 491.4 million euros went to the pharmacists' association's emergency service fund, which then sends the money to the pharmacists. Divided by 81 million masks, this results in a unit price of six euros per mask. According to the emergency services fund, the payments to the pharmacies are already in progress. Accordingly, patients at risk should be given preferential treatment in pharmacies.

First vouchers sent to high-risk patients

The umbrella association of statutory health insurance companies announced that the delivery of the vouchers by the Federal Printing Office had started in the first week of January. Now the health insurances themselves are responsible for repacking and shipping to the insured.