The government website where you can order four free at-home COVID-19 tests and get them shipped to your doorstep is now live and available to use.
Starting today, Jan. 18, you can visit a new website run by the federal government, COVIDtests.gov, and order reserve free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will deliver them to your home, also for free. The website was scheduled to officially launch on Jan. 19, but it is up and running and accepting orders one day early.
The program is part of President Biden’s efforts to procure and distribute 1 billion at-home coronavirus tests to the American public at no cost. So far, the White House has obtained contracts for 420 million tests and “tens of millions” are ready to ship immediately, senior officials said in a background phone call to reporters Jan. 14, ahead of the website’s official launch.
How to order free at-home coronavirus tests from the government
Here’s how to get your free at-home COVID-19 tests:
- Visit COVIDtests.gov, the official federal government website for the program.
- Press the “order free at-home tests” button, which will forward you to a separate site run by the USPS to place your order.
- Input your name and residential address that will be used for shipping.
- Follow the prompts to place your order, which includes four tests per address.
- OPTIONAL: Put in your email address to track the shipment of the tests.
Folks who have difficulty accessing the internet or the website can order the tests by calling a forthcoming toll-free number. (We will update this article when the phone number is released.)
“At-home COVID-19 tests will ship free starting in late January. USPS will only send one set of 4 free tests to valid residential addresses,” states an order confirmation message from the USPS. “We are unable to process duplicate orders for the same address.”
Once your order is confirmed, the White House says the USPS will ship your tests in seven to 12 days via first class mail. Senior officials said they expect the shipment time to reduce as the program ramps up.
“Every website launch comes with risks,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said at a press conference Tuesday. “We can’t guarantee there won’t be a bug or two, but the best tech teams across the administration and the Postal Service are working hard to make this a success.”
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