Details on how to get at-home Covid tests

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Starting this week, Americans will be able to get at-home COVID tests for free.

The news comes amid a national testing shortage. In Hixson, Access Pharmacy is feeling the effects of that shortage.

“Well, we get shipments in of home tests, and they’re gone, even with limits per person, within two days, and then we don’t see any more for ten days, which is different than in the past,” said Phillip Smith, a pharmacist at Access Pharmacy.

The at-home tests can be ordered through a government website, but supplies are limited.

“Initially, it’s just four tests per person,” Smith added.

While the Biden administration opens its new website on Wednesday, it could take weeks to get one of these in your hands.

“So, you order them on the nineteenth, which is Wednesday. The first tests aren’t scheduled to go out until the end of January, and then the remaining aren’t going to go out until the next sixty days after that, so you’re talking sixty-plus days to get all these tests out,” said Smith.

The government has ordered half a billion tests to support this initiative.

The tests will be sent by mail, with free shipping.

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