How to get your 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests

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You can get four free COVID tests per household.

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With the spread of the highly contagious omicron variant, it can be difficult to find COVID-19 test kits in store and online. However, you can now place an order for free home COVID-19 test kits through the US government’s COVIDtests.gov website. The site opened a day early for testing on Tuesday. Ordering tests takes less than two minutes and all you need to do is provide your contact details and shipping address.

Orders will go through the US Postal Service, which said it will start shipping the free tests in late January, so you’re likely to receive them in February, depending on shipping delays. Not very useful if you need a test today, but worth it to have on hand. Test kits are available to those living in the United States and its territories.

Here’s how to order your free COVID-19 tests today. To find out more, here what we know about home test kits and how to pay for at-home COVID tests with your FSA or HSA.


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How to get your free COVID-19 tests

You just need to provide the USPS with some information to get your free test kits. You will not be asked to provide your credit or debit card details as testing and delivery are free.

1. Visit special.USPS.com/testkits. You can also get there via covidtests.gov.

2. Enter your contact details and shipping information.

3. Click on Proceed to checkout.

4. Check that your information is correct and select Place my order.

The USPS said it will begin shipping COVID-19 test kits in late January, so keep an eye on your mailbox for your delivery. All orders will be shipped via First Class Parcel Service.

The Biden administration said it would have a phone number that people without internet access could use to place an order. This phone number is not yet listed on the ordering website.

How can I track my order?

Once your order has been placed, you should receive a confirmation email. When your package ships, you will receive email notifications providing you with shipping updates, including a tracking number and estimated delivery date.

You can either click on the tracking link or copy and paste the tracking number into the USPS website tracker.

Home Covid-19 rapid test kit

Get your free COVID-19 test kits now.

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How many COVID-19 test kits can I get?

The USPS said every residential household is eligible for four free rapid home COVID-19 antigen tests. This means that only one person per address will be able to place an order for the free tests – even if you have more than four people living in your home.

Can I choose the test brand I want?

No, there is no option to choose the test brand you want. All tests sent by mail will be rapid home antigen tests authorized by the Food and Drug Administration.

For more information, here more details on getting your free COVID test kits. Also, here is the latest news on how a ‘pan-coronavirus’ army vaccine could beat COVID and all new variants.

The information in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical or health advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have about a medical condition or health goals.

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