Who is eligible for free at-home COVID test kits in Massachusetts?

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) — Massachusetts is increasing access to at-home COVID testing kits as families get ready to gather for the holidays. Cities and towns representing more than half of the state’s population will begin receiving free, rapid COVID-19 tests this week.

Gov. Charlie Baker said the state will begin distributing 2.1 million at-home rapid tests to 102 communities with the highest percentages of families living in poverty. The tests can be done in just 15 minutes and will be free to residents.

“The goal here is to help those families who face the greatest financial hardship and have a difficult time obtaining a rapid test at a pharmacy,” Baker said.

Over 100,000 COVID tests are performed a day in Massachusetts. Now, with more rapid tests coming to the state, the hope is that number will increase. These tests will be especially helpful as we head into the holiday season.

Dozens of western Massachusetts communities are set to receive these testing kits, and each city or town will determine how best to distribute tests within their community. Chicopee, for example, has already received about 15,000. “We are going to get them out to the general public immediately. The Housing Authority, potentially the Boys & Girls Club, some lower-income housing, the Mckinley House,” said Chicopee Mayor John Vieau.

The move comes after states like New Hampshire have taken similar steps to send rapid tests directly to residents. The Baker Administration is also working with manufacturers on a “bulk, cheap purchasing deal” that would allow all municipalities to purchase tests at a fixed price. Governor Baker expects the purchasing program to be up and running by January.

You can already get testing kits at local pharmacies or you can order them online, but you do have to pay for those.

Cities and towns receiving at-home test kits

  • Adams
  • Amherst
  • Athol
  • Attleboro
  • Avon
  • Barnstable
  • Bernardston
  • Beverly
  • Boston
  • Bridgewater
  • Brockton
  • Brookline
  • Buckland
  • Cambridge
  • Charlemont
  • Chelsea
  • Chicopee
  • Chilmark
  • Clarksburg
  • Colrain
  • Dennis
  • Eastham
  • Erving
  • Everett
  • Fall River
  • Fitchburg
  • Florida
  • Framingham
  • Gardner
  • Gloucester
  • Granville
  • Great Barrington
  • Greenfield
  • Halifax
  • Hamilton
  • Haverhill
  • Hawley
  • Heath
  • Hinsdale
  • Holyoke
  • Huntington
  • Lawrence
  • Leominster
  • Leyden
  • Lincoln
  • Lowell
  • Ludlow
  • Lynn
  • Malden
  • Methuen
  • Middleborough
  • Milford
  • Millville
  • Monroe
  • Montague
  • Mount Washington
  • New Bedford
  • New Braintree
  • Newbury
  • North Adams
  • North Attleborough
  • Northampton
  • Norwood
  • Oak Bluffs
  • Orange
  • Orleans
  • Oxford
  • Palmer
  • Peabody
  • Peru
  • Pittsfield
  • Quincy
  • Randolph
  • Revere
  • Rockland
  • Rockport
  • Russell
  • Salem
  • Saugus
  • Savoy
  • Somerville
  • South Hadley
  • Southbridge
  • Southwick
  • Springfield
  • Stoughton
  • Taunton
  • Uxbridge
  • Wales
  • Waltham
  • Ware
  • Wareham
  • Webster
  • Wendell
  • West Boylston
  • West Springfield
  • West Stockbridge
  • Weston
  • Williamstown
  • Winchendon
  • Winthrop
  • Worcester

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