COVID-19 tests are often administered at clinics, pharmacies, health centers, and other community testing sites. To find testing options near you, including free testing options, search on the U.S. Health and Human Services testing site web page or visit your local health department’s website.
Rapid at-home tests are also available at many pharmacies, retailers, community sites, and online. Tests typically cost about $10-12 for an individual test without insurance. As of January 15, 2022, these tests are covered by health insurance, meaning that most people with health plans will be able to get up to eight tests per month for free by using their insurance coverage or can get reimbursed for purchasing tests by submitting a claim to their insurer. If you don’t have health insurance, you may be able to access free at-home tests from local community sites.
As of December 15, 2022, the U.S. government relaunched its free delivery program for at-home COVID-19 tests in response to the recent winter surge of COVID-19 cases. Every U.S. household is eligible to order four at-home COVID-19 tests and orders can be placed here.
If you plan on using a rapid at-home test, it is advised to have several tests readily available so that you can test more than once. Since test quantities vary by manufacturer, check how many are included in a kit to ensure you have enough tests on hand. For more information on FDA-authorized COVID-19 at-home tests, expiration dates, and age limits, click here.
Updated December 15, 2022