Free COVID At-Home Rapid Antigen Tests
The State is making at-home COVID tests available free of cost. Providers can visit bit.ly/covidtestrequestMA to submit a request for up to 1,800 tests. Requests will be processed on a first come, first served basis and delivered as soon as possible along with stickers noting extended expiration dates and treatment options. More information about at-home tests, including links to translated instructions, can be found at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/using-a-covid-19-self-test.
Your ongoing, active participation in the COVID-19 vaccine primary series and booster process is essential. As you know, staying up to date on COVID-19 vaccines is the most effective way to lower the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, even against emerging variants. While vaccine protection decreases over time, boosters restimulate the immune system and increase vaccine efficacy again.
Being up to date on vaccines means getting all recommended boosters when eligible. Eligibility and other details can be found here.
Steps you can take:
- Urge all staff, clients, and community members to get their boosters as soon as they are eligible. Individuals can use the CDC’s COVID-19 booster tool to learn if they are up to date or due for a booster, and learn more here: COVID-19 booster frequently asked questions.
- Consider ways to make boosters more accessible for employees and your community, including hosting a vaccine clinic.
- Share educational and awareness materials: Use videos, flyers, and graphics, available in multiple languages, to help build trust in vaccine safety and efficacy, and raise awareness of the importance of boosters.