Buy rapid antigen COVID tests: Where to find them

Posted: 11 January 2022 6:27 pm
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As demand booms for home tests with the surge in Omicron cases, here’s how to get test kits delivered to your door.

Where to buy COVID test kits

  • DMB Supply – In stock
  • On/Go – In stock
  • AmazonIn stock
  • Walmart – Contact store
  • Walgreens – Contact store
  • CVS – Contact store
  • Target – Contact store

With the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, long lines at COVID testing sites have a lot of people looking for at-home tests. But rapid at-home test kits have been hard to find as well.

With increased demand, some retailers have limited the number of COVID tests you can buy — if they are in stock. Only a few online retailers are offering immediate delivery. Here’s an example:

  • CVS caps purchases at six tests per order.
  • Walgreens allows you to purchase only four tests.
  • Walmart limits online purchases for specific tests, depending on stock.

Note that some kits are only available to purchase online, others are only available in-store and stock widely varies from retailer to retailer.

Buy at-home COVID tests while supplies last

We’ve listed the top retailers that advertise at-home COVID tests in stock for immediate purchase. Depending on the seller, your test may ship within the same day or two days. If you order on the weekend, you can expect your order to ship on Monday.

Pay close attention to delivery dates when ordering, though. How quickly your purchase arrives varies by test and retailer.

What the rapid tests tell you

Rapid tests, known as antigen tests, detect nucleocapsid protein from SARS-CoV-2, according to the CDC. As the name suggests, results come back within minutes to tell you if an infection is detected.

While errors are rare, rapid tests may give you a false negative result until the virus has reached a detectable threshold. So, they tend to work best for those experiencing symptoms. You can read more about the tests here.

Beware fake tests

The Federal Trade Commission has warned that, with the high demand, fake test kits have been popping up online. Check the FDA’s lists of antigen diagnostic tests and molecular diagnostic tests before you buy.

Buying from a well-known retailer will also help protect you, as will using a credit card if you need to dispute a charge.

Where can I get an at-home test?

We’ve rounded up top retailers that advertise at-home COVID tests in stock for immediate purchase. Note that stock and price frequently fluctuate.

DMB Supply

DMB Supply

Rapid COVID tests ready to ship.

DMB ships rapid COVID tests the same or next day. Prices of two-pack test kits may be more expensive than from competitors, though you'll find discounts on bulk orders.

  • In stock now
  • Multiple brands available
  • Same- or next-day shipping
Amazon

Amazon

Find a variety of at-home COVID tests, including nasal swabs and saliva tests.

Choose from several brands and types of at-home COVID test kits, many qualifying for Amazon Prime shipping. Test kits available on Amazon may limit the number of tests you can buy at a time.

  • In stock now
  • Multiple brands to choose from
  • Fast shipping

Shop now

Walmart

Walmart

Select COVID test kits available online.

On/Go at-home test kits and DxTerity saliva collection test kits are currently available to buy online from Walmart. BinaxNow tests are available for in-store pickup in some locations.

  • In stock now
  • Multiple brands to choose from
  • Fast shipping
Walgreens

Walgreens

Call your local Walgreens for availability.

Walgreens carries BinaxNow, On/Go, QuickVue, FlowFlex and other at-home COVID test kits. However, tests for sale online go out of stock rapidly. Check with your local store to see if rapid tests are available for in-store pickup.

  • Call store for availability
  • Multiple brands offered
  • Free drive-through COVID testing

Shop now

CVS Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy

Rapid test kits may be available at your local CVS.

CVS carries BinaxNow, QuickVue, FlowFlex, Ellume and Pixel test kits. However, tests for sale online go out of stock quickly. Check with your local store to see if rapid tests are available for in-store pickup.

  • Call store for availability
  • Multiple brands offered
  • Free on-site COVID testing
Target

Target

Select test kits available for in-store pickup.

Target currently carries Ellume, FlowFlex and Access Bio COVID test kits. However, tests for sale online go out of stock quickly. Check with your local Target store to see if rapid tests are available for in-store pickup.

  • Call store for availability
  • Multiple brands offered
  • COVID-19 vaccination available at Target Pharmacy

How do I get a free at-home COVID test?

The Biden administration started its free at-home test kit program on January 19, 2022. Through this program, all US residents can order four free test kits per household online at COVIDTests.gov. The site also lists a nationwide hotline available to those who have no Internet access: 800-232-0233.

Kits are expected for delivery seven to 12 days after ordering through the USPS, according to the White House. Priority mail will handle shipments to Alaska, Hawaii and US territories.

President Biden also doubled down on the number of available free test kits from 500 million to 1 billion, and will increase the number of tests available to schools by 10 million test kits every month.

How do I get my free test kit in-store?

The White House mandated health insurance providers to cover at-home test kits from retailers for all US residents as of January 15, 2022. Households can expect coverage for eight free at-home tests per covered individual every month. That equates to 32 test kits for a four-person family each month, covered by their health plan.

While you can get reimbursed for up to $12 on each test when you file a claim with your provider, President Biden is incentivizing insurers to cover tests at point of purchase. This will eliminate any out-of-pocket costs for covered individuals.

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