Free rapid COVID-19 tests available now on the new government website: here’s how to get them

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — Americans can now get free rapid COVID tests delivered to their homes, thanks to a new government website.

The CovidTests.gov website went live Tuesday, a day before its scheduled launch.

“So it will officially launch tomorrow morning. It’s in beta testing right now,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki explained.

This means that the website is now operating with limited capacity and will be fully functional from Wednesday morning.

“We can’t guarantee there won’t be a bug or two, but the best technical teams in the administration and the postal service are working hard to make this a success,” Psaki said.

All you have to do to order the tests is enter your name and address. The website automatically sends you four tests in your order. This is the limit per address.

The Biden administration plans to distribute one billion tests in this way.

“In fact, a lot has been done to increase testing over the year,” said US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy.

The White House is also defending the decision not to do so months ago.

“The market didn’t have the capacity then to do what we are doing tomorrow,” Psaki said.

Dr. Murthy points out that they are also increasing access to testing in other ways, such as requiring private insurers to pay for up to eight COVID tests per person per month.

“We want to keep growing that because omicron is generating strong demand,” Murthy said. “With each passing day, we should see more and more tests available.”

He is optimistic that their efforts will make a big difference.

“I hope that even though the next few weeks will be difficult, we will see better days a few weeks later,” Murthy said.

They estimate it will take seven to 12 days after you place an order on the website to ship the tests.

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