CVS and Walgreens are no longer restricting purchases of COVID-19 test kits

2022-05-21 0 By

Pharmacy chains CVS and Walgreens have lifted restrictions on the purchase of COVID-19 in-home test kits.In December, as the Omicron variant began to spread rapidly, both companies capped the number of boxes customers could buy in stores and online, according to the New York Times.Representatives of both companies say the spread of Omicron has severely affected supplies, and that they now have enough virus testing kits in stock.Starting Saturday, CVS lifted restrictions on purchases at pharmacies and CVS.com, and Walgreens lifted restrictions at nearly all of its stores.The decision comes amid a sharp drop in new coronavirus cases in recent weeks.The U.S. is averaging about 300,000 new cases a day, down from more than 800,000 in mid-January.Throughout the pandemic, the United States has struggled with a shortage of COVID-19 test kits, especially during the holiday season when long lines formed at test points and drugstore shelves emptied.The Biden administration last month launched covidtests.gov, a website where people can order up to four free virus testing kits for their homes through the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services also announced last week that it would offer free coronavirus testing kits by the start of spring to 64 million Medicare americans, up to eight a month.Free N95 masks are also available at major pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens and community health centers across the country as part of the Biden administration’s plan to distribute 400 million masks.