The Biden administration on Friday opened a telephone line for individuals to order free at-home COVID-19 assessments.
The telephone quantity — 1-800-232-0233 — follows the launch earlier this week of a web site to order the assessments, and is accessible for individuals who could have issue accessing the web or want extra assist to put their orders.
In response to the White Home, the telephone line is open from 8 a.m. to midnight ET seven days every week, and affords help in additional than 150 languages.
An order incorporates 4 assessments, and there is a restrict of 1 order per residence.
The web site — COVIDtests.gov — started taking at-home check orders on Tuesday and the assessments started delivery out Thursday, in response to White Home COVID response coordinator Jeff Zients.
“The Postal Service is transferring extremely quick right here,” he stated. “They’re packing and delivery assessments as quickly as they arrive. Tens of hundreds of thousands of assessments have arrived to date. It is an all-hands-on-deck effort.”
The Biden administration — which has been criticized for not procuring the a whole lot of hundreds of thousands of assessments it is now acquired earlier, forward of the omicron-driven surge — has stated that the orders may take seven to 12 days to ship out.
In sending out the free assessments, the White Home is prioritizing what it calls “essentially the most susceptible Individuals,” as the primary 20% of every day’s orders are directed to ZIP codes that measure excessive on the federal authorities’s Social Vulnerability Index.
“We wish to be sure that these communities are, as an alternative of being the afterthought, first in line in so some ways,” Dr. Cameron Webb, who advises the White Home COVID response group, advised NBC Information. “That is taking steps in the suitable course towards fairness.”
With reporting by NPR’s Tamara Keith.