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Last Chance to Order Free, At-Home COVID Tests Approaching

August 29, 2022

The deadline to order free COVID-19 at-home tests through the federal website is coming soon.

Americans have until Friday to order their third round of free rapid antigen tests through the federal website that launched earlier this year. During January, the Biden administration pledged 500 million tests would be available.

“As the highly transmissible subvariants of Omicron drive a rise in cases in parts of the country, free and accessible tests will help slow the spread of the virus,” the administration noted earlier this year.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Deadline:  Friday, September 2.
  • How many per household:  Families are able to order three sets of at-home COVID-19 tests per residential address (16 tests total).
  • Expiration:  Ordering through the site will be suspended on Friday, as Congressional funding for tests has been discontinued, administration officials said.
  • Additional availability:  Beyond the federal website, FDA-authorized at-home tests are available through retailers and pharmacies. Employer and marketplace insurers are required to cover up to eight at-home tests per month. In addition, there are free testing sites available throughout the U.S.
  • How to order:  If you haven’t ordered your full allotment of at-home tests from the site, you can order online or call (800) 232-0233 (TTY: 888-720-7489).

While COVID-19 case counts are below the peak from last winter, it’s important to stay up to date on your COVID-19 vaccination status and follow the latest public health guidelines. HAP encourages everyone to monitor their COVID-19 status and take an at-home test if:

  • You experience fever, sore throat, runny nose, or loss of taste or smell
  • You are at least five days after close contact with someone with COVID-⁠19
  • You’re planning to see a group of people, especially those at risk of severe disease or may not be up to date on their vaccines

Additional information about COVID-19 at-home testing is available online.