Just in time for the holiday season, the US Department of Health has announced that a new round of four free at-home COVID-19 tests is available for mail order. Starting today, every US household has the opportunity to order these tests and have them delivered directly to their home.
The decision to offer these tests aligns with the upcoming winter holidays, which often involve travel and gatherings. The Department of Health and Human Services emphasizes the importance of taking advantage of this opportunity to ensure the safety of yourself and your loved ones during the holiday season.
The tests being offered are rapid antigen at-home tests, providing results within 30 minutes. They can be used to test for COVID-19 symptoms or as a precautionary measure. The tests will be delivered through the US Postal Service.
Interested households can place their orders now, and the shipping of these tests will begin the week of November 27. It’s worth noting that households who previously ordered tests in September can order another round now. Additionally, households that did not order tests in September have the option to place two orders, resulting in a total of 8 tests.
For uninsured individuals, there are also additional free COVID-19 tests available through the Increasing Community Access to Testing (ICATT) program. This ensures that everyone has access to testing, regardless of their insurance status.
It’s important to check the expiration dates of any at-home COVID-19 tests. Some brands have extended their printed expiration dates, so be sure to verify the expiration dates for your tests using the brand and lot number.
As we navigate the holiday season, it’s crucial to prioritize the health and safety of ourselves and those around us. By taking advantage of these free at-home COVID-19 tests, we can make informed decisions and help mitigate the spread of the virus.
1. How can I order the free at-home COVID-19 tests?
You can place your order for the free tests through the US Department of Health website by following their instructions.
2. When will the tests be shipped?
The tests will begin shipping the week of November 27.
3. How many tests can I order?
If you ordered tests in September, you can order another round now. If you did not order tests in September, you have the option to place two orders for a total of 8 tests.
4. Are there free tests available for uninsured individuals?
Yes, additional free COVID-19 tests are available through the Increasing Community Access to Testing (ICATT) program.
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