You’ll Be Able to Order Free At-Home COVID Test Kits Starting on January 19

The federal government announced Friday, January 14, that Americans can begin ordering free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests starting January 19.

Orders for up to four tests per household can be placed using the website COVIDtests.gov. The administration will also set up a phone number so those without access to computers or high-speed internet can place orders.

The White House said tests will usually ship within seven to 12 days of ordering, meaning most Americans won’t receive them until the end of January.

People ordering tests will input their name and mailing address on the website and can share an email address to get updates on their order, officials said. The website was created with help from the U.S. Digital Service, a federal program created to make federal tech better in the wake of the botched rollout of the HealthCare.gov website for Affordable Care Act health insurance in 2013.

Details of the website come a day after President Biden announced that the administration will buy another 500 million at-home coronavirus tests for Americans, in addition to his plans detailed last month to order 500 million tests. He also said the White House will make high-quality masks available for free, with details coming out next week.

Excerpted from “You’ll Be Able to Order Free At-Home COVID Test Kits Starting on January 19” on NPR. Read the full article online.

Source: NPR | You’ll Be Able to Order Free At-Home COVID Test Kits Starting on January 19, https://www.npr.org/2022/01/13/1072730868/biden-announces-plans-to-buy-500-million-more-covid-tests-and-to-offer-free-mask | © 2022 npr

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