Here’s How To Order Your Free COVID Tests From The U.S. Government
It's been talked about, but the link is finally here. In an effort to make testing more accessible to everyone who lives in the United States, the federal government is offering free COVID-19 tests to every home in the country with a website that went live today.
A half-billion tests were bought using federal funds and are being made available to all who sign up.
According to details released by the government as part of the ramp-up to provide them, the tests being made available are the "FDA-authorized at-home rapid antigen tests". These kits will be able to provide a result for the user within 30 minutes of the sample being taken.
Eligibility is pretty simple. Every home in the United States can sign up to receive four free at-home COVID-19 tests. There is no cost associated with them. Once you sign up, you can expect to receive them via the U.S. Postal Service within 7 to 12 days.
To get started, visit covidtests.gov. The only details you'll need to provide are name and shipping address information.
Because the tests you order today won't get to you for a week or two, the federal government is urging people who need more-immediate testing results to utilize the vast array of other sources for COVID-19 tests. Specifically, they recommend one of two sources to obtain faster test kits:
- Use one of the at-home test kits that are readily available at retailers and pharmacies. While supplies can sometimes be diminished by demand, there are a wide variety of stores that have them available. (In other words - if you don't find a test kit at one store, keep looking)
- There are more then 20,000 free testing sites located around the country. These no-cost antigen and PCR COVID-19 tests are available to everyone at no cost - including the uninsured. Click here to find the closest site to you.
One word about the tests you find at pharmacies and retailers. While there is a cost involved with the purchase, health insurance companies will pay you back for 8 at-home tests per month for each person on the plan. Click here for full details.