The COVIDtests.gov website is being brought back to life by the Biden administration. Beginning Monday, September 25, everyone who wants a test will receive up to four free COVID-19 quick tests per home.
This declaration also acknowledges that testing is crucial to reducing the spread of the virus and that, for the previous three years, hospitalizations for COVID-19 in the United States peaked around January.
As the pandemic emergency designation ended this year, several pandemic initiatives that permitted Americans to receive COVID-19 testing, treatment, and vaccination, all for free, were discontinued.
However, the Department of Health and Human Services is now investing $600 million in the production of COVID-19 testing under its Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response.
Two hundred million tests will be purchased using the funds given to 12 American corporations. According to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, the goal is to strengthen the American supply chain and lessen reliance on foreign suppliers.
During the peak of the COVID-19 infection seen thus far, the Omicron wave in January 2022, the first batch of free quick tests by mail was distributed. There were 755 million free tests sent overall after the free test offer was repeatedly renewed.
Even if the test's expiration date has passed, the FDA advises against discarding unused test results.
"The president wanted to make sure that no one can go without tests. We will once again up our program to make sure Americans have access to a test."- Xavier Becerra, HHS Secretary
Check the lot numbers of any you have on hand at COVIDtests.gov first; the website will include any extended expiration dates for many tests.
Additionally, the strategic preparation office offers long-term care institutions, low-income senior housing, uninsured persons, and underprivileged populations free COVID testing.
When ordering your tests, you'll possibly need to supply your name and postal address with the option of including your email address to get order updates. Each residential address is only allowed to place one order, and every order consists of four tests.
The U.S. Postal Service has announced that orders will start shipping on October 2.