Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, CVS Health has been increasing testing options and has conducted more than 15 million COVID-19 tests across more than 4,800 CVS Pharmacy testing locations. As access to testing continues to be an essential, proactive factor in improving the lives and health of individuals across the nation, the retail division of CVS Health, CVS Pharmacy, now offers three over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 testing options.
The three tests have received FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), do not require a prescription, and provide access to customers from the comfort of their own home.
The testing options are intended for use by individuals with or without symptoms and include:
- Ellume COVID-19 Home Test Kit — Is the first rapid, fully at-home test to receive EUA by the FDA for at-home use without a prescription. The test delivers results in 15 minutes through a free app. CVS Pharmacy is the first retailer to carry the Ellume Home Test Kit, which will be available in select locations starting this week in Rhode Island and Massachusetts and increasing through the end of May.
- Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test — Is a reliable fully at-home test for surveillance and frequent use and delivers results in 15 minutes. This kit contains two tests which should be administered twice over the course of three days with at least 36 hours between tests. The test is currently available at CVS.com and in 5,600 CVS Pharmacy locations, with additional locations to follow.
- Pixel by Labcorp Home Collection Kit — This polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is the same test used by physicians across the U.S. with results available within 1 to 2 days. The test can be accessed via the Pixel by Labcorp website and is currently available at CVS.com and select stores in Alabama, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.
“CVS Health has been a leader in providing accessible testing in communities nationwide, and we continue to bring new solutions to market to ensure that consumers have a variety of COVID-19 testing options available to them.” George Coleman, Senior Vice President and Chief Merchant of CVS Pharmacy
Keep in mind, the aforementioned testing options are not meant to diagnose acute COVID-19 infection or test the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccination.
Now, with the addition of OTC testing, CVS Pharmacy pushes on as a leader in COVID-19 testing, which will remain a critical component of the nation’s pandemic response so long as it exists. Additional information about testing services can be found at CVS.com.
Information provided by CVS Health.