A nurse, dressed in personal protective equipment, swabs Dr. Lorne Babb to test him for COVID-19 at Cold Hollow Family Practice. 

MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott strongly encouraged Vermonters to order at-home, rapid COVID-19 tests on Thursday at

This Biden Administration’s initiative – which launched this week – is similar to a program piloted by the State of Vermont. Through this new federal program, each household is eligible to receive four tests, which are expected to ship within 7-12 days of ordering. Supplies are limited. 

“Rapid at-home tests are a useful tool that will help us continue to move forward,” Scott stated in a Jan. 20 release. “Vermont has worked hard to gain supply of these tests, and I appreciate President Biden’s recent efforts to do the same. The USPS website is up and running now, but federal supplies remain limited, so Vermonters should act fast.”

Any Vermonter without internet access can call the Governor’s Constituent Services Office at (802) 828-3333.

“My team will help complete the online request form for you,” Scott stated.

The federal effort is similar to the state of Vermont’s successful pilot partnership with the National Institutes of Health, which sent 350,000 tests to Vermonters. Many of these tests have already arrived at Vermonters’ homes.

As the state awaits the arrival of an additional 150,000 tests it ordered for the pilot program, it is reevaluating the best use of these tests – including potentially allocating them directly to schools, child care programs and long-term care facilities – now that the general public has access to the new federal program.

Vermont is the national leader in both PCR testing and the distribution of at-home tests. Vermont has consistently performed the most PCR tests per capita of any state. Since late December, the state has also distributed about one million at-home tests directly to Vermonters, schools, child care programs, long term care facilities and other community partners.

States’ access to supplies of at-home tests continues to be a challenge. The Scott Administration will continue to work to acquire more, and the nation’s governors are working with the federal government to improve coordination in procurement and distribution.

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