Free at-home COVID-19 tests available Sept. 25

Courier photo by John Waters The federal government will have free COVID-19 tests available on Sept. 25.

Actions are part of a comprehensive strategy to promote access to COVID-19 tests

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced an investment of $600 million across test manufacturers and the reopening of to deliver COVID-19 tests for free to households across the country. The free tests are available on Sept. 25.

These critical investments in U.S. manufacturing will improve preparedness for COVID-19 and other pandemic threats of the future, strengthen the nation’s capacity to manufacture tests, and secure approximately 200 million new over-the-counter tests for future federal government use.

“The Biden-Harris Administration, in partnership with domestic manufacturers, has made great strides in addressing vulnerabilities in the U.S. supply chain by reducing our reliance on overseas manufacturing,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “These critical investments will strengthen our nation’s production levels of domestic at-home COVID-19 rapid tests and help mitigate the
spread of the virus.”

“Manufacturing COVID-19 tests in the United States strengthens our preparedness for the upcoming fall and winter seasons, reduces our reliance on other countries, and provides good jobs to hardworking Americans,” said Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Dawn O’Connell. “ASPR’s investments in these domestic manufacturers will increase availability of tests in the future.”

In addition to the investments in domestic manufacturing, beginning Sept. 25, households will again be able to order four free tests through These tests will detect the currently circulating COVID-19 variants, are intended for use through the end of 2023, and will include clear instructions on how to verify extended expiration dates.

This upcoming round of ordering follows four previous rounds in which ASPR and USPS provided over 755 million tests free of charge to households across the country. These efforts complement ASPR’s ongoing distribution of free COVID-19 tests to long-term care facilities, low-income senior housing, uninsured individuals, and underserved communities, with 500 million tests provided to date through these channels. In May, the federal government greatly reduced the number of sites offering free Covid tests.

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