Vermont’s Say Yes! COVID Home Test program kicked off at 10 a.m. Wednesday, and not surprisingly demand for the home deliveries quickly overwhelmed the Vermont Department of Health website.
People clamoring to order up to two of the initial supply of 350,000 at-home COVID-19 test kits were unable to load the department’s testing page to sign up. Going directly to the Say Yes! COVID Home Test site yielded better results. The site said confirmed orders would arrive in one to two weeks.
The program was developed by the National Institutes of Health and is expected to deliver up to 500,000 recently purchased rapid COVID-19 tests to households across the state in two phases, beginning with 350,000 tests. Details of when the 150,000 additional tests may be made available are still to be determined.
“Rapid tests continue to be an important tool, especially given what we’ve learned about omicron,” Scott said. “While PCR tests are still beneficial, they take too long in many instances due to the speed in which omicron transmits,” said Scott.
Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine says he is looking into how long these tests can stay outside or in a mailbox because of temperature requirements, but says Vermonters shouldn’t be too concerned.