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Covid-19 PCR test costs (FOI)

Covid-19 PCR test costs (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 10 August 2021.
Prepared internally, no external costs.



Please can you tell me how much the Government of Jersey are paying for each Covid-19 PCR test?


What is each test costing the tax payer?



It is not possible to provide a breakdown of the figures as some of the information is considered commercially sensitive in respect of PCR tests.

Article 33 (commercial interests) of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 has therefore been applied.


From March 2020 to July 2021, 551,082 tests have been conducted and the total costs recorded in the financial system up to 31 July 2021 for both phase one and phase two of the testing and tracing programme is £39,550,418, therefore the average cost to Government per PCR test is £72. 

Article applied

Article 33 (b) - Commercial Interests

Information is qualified exempt information if –

(b) its disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of a person (including the scheduled public authority holding the information).

Public Interest Test

Whilst we accept that the public may have an interest in Government of Jersey contracts, we believe providing the details of the supplier in this instance is commercially sensitive and that the release of this data could affect the negotiation of future contract values.

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