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Fact Sheet: COVID-19 Test to Treat​​

What is the Test to Treat Initiative?

The Biden-Harris Administration is launching a new nationwide Test to Treat initiative that will give individuals an important new way to rapidly access free lifesaving treatment for COVID-19. This program includes:

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People will be able to get tested and—if they are positive and treatments are appropriate for them—receive a prescription from a healthcare provider, and have their prescription filled all in one location.

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These “One-Stop Test to Treat” locations will be available at hundreds of locations nationwide, including pharmacy-based clinics, federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), and long-term care facilities.

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People will also continue to be able to be tested and treated by their own healthcare providers who can appropriately prescribe. These oral antivirals at locations where they are being distributed.

COVID-19 Test to Treat Fact Sheet in English and Other Languages

What Treatments Are Available?

While vaccination continues to provide the best protection against COVID-19, therapies are now available to help treat eligible people who do get sick. The Biden-Harris Administration has invested in a medicine cabinet of COVID-19 treatments, which includes two oral antiviral pills—Pfizer’s Paxlovid and Merck’s Lagevrio (molnupiravir)—that can help prevent severe illness and hospitalization when taken soon after symptom onset.

The Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) already distributes COVID-19 treatments, including oral antivirals, to states and territories for free on a weekly basis. All qualified healthcare providers can prescribe these therapeutics to patients who are at increased risk for developing severe COVID-19.

Distribution of Oral Antiviral Pills to Pharmacy-based Clinics and Long-term Care Facilities

Effective March 7, HHS began distributing oral antiviral pills directly to participating Test to Treat pharmacy-based clinics, making more treatments available to more people in more locations. ASPR also launched a program for long-term care pharmacies to directly order these antivirals to facilitate increased access for eligible long-term care residents who are at increased risk for developing severe COVID-19.

These pharmacy-based clinics and long-term care facilities join hundreds of federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) in our hardest-hit and highest-risk communities—these centers will provide access for people to get tested, receive a prescription from a healthcare provider if appropriate, and have their prescription filled, all at one convenient location.

Expanding Access to COVID-19 Treatments

Expanding Access to COVID-19 Treatments Building upon the existing distribution of oral antivirals to thousands of locations across all states and territories, the Test to Treat initiative is part of a broader strategy to quickly connect eligible individuals who are at high risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 to appropriate treatments. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is also connecting our nation’s veterans who test positive at VA medical centers directly to treatment. For more information regarding available COVID-19 treatments, visit aspr.hhs.gov.

Test to Treat Frequently Asked Questions

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