DoD to Offer Free At-Home COVID Tests

DoD to Offer Free At-Home COVID Tests

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Photo by: U.S. Army/Photo by 1st Lt. James Mason

Military beneficiaries will soon be able to get free at-home COVID-19 tests from hospitals or clinics on post, officials said.

The tests will be available “at military hospitals or clinics … in the coming weeks,” according to a press release. 

“Beneficiaries are encouraged to first contact their provider if they have a known COVID-19 exposure or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19,” the release said. 

Distribution of the at-home COVID-19 tests will be organized by local medical facilities, and “beneficiaries can obtain up to eight tests per month, subject to availability,” the release said. 

As local medical treatment facilities receive at-home tests for distribution, they will communicate with their beneficiaries about processes to pick up these tests,” according to the release. “Beneficiaries are encouraged to check their military hospital or clinic’s homepage or social media sites to see when and where your military hospital or clinic may be distributing tests.” 

As the Military Health System builds its at-home test supply, military beneficiaries also have additional ways of getting tests. 

“Beneficiaries are reminded that they can go to to order up to four at-home tests free of charge from the federal government or go to their local pharmacy to purchase tests as needed,” the release said.

Across the country, DoD continues to play a vital role in the pandemic response. For example, the Defense Logistics Agency has shipped over 305 million free at-home tests across the U.S. as of Feb. 22, according to a DoD press release. 

“We’re grateful for another opportunity to support the nation’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic,” Col. Trent Conner, commander of DLA Distribution Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, said in the release. “I know our team will once again demonstrate its expertise in rapidly distributing critical supplies to mitigate the impacts of this dreadful virus.”