BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Rite Aid announced it is expanding its no-charge COVID-19 testing program in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Effective January 22 Rite Aid says its COVID-19 testing sites will offer no-charge testing to individuals 4 years of age and older regardless of whether the individual is symptomatic or asymptomatic. Previously the testing was only available to individuals 13 years of age and older.
Rite Aid says the expansion allows parents or legal guardians of those 4-18 years of age to create a Project Baseline COVID-19 account so they can be screened and tested. The parents or legal guardians must also provide consent for those under 18 and show government issued identification when accompanying the child to the testing appointment.
"Like Rite Aid's existing drive-through testing sites, the new locations will utilize simple self-swab nasal tests overseen by Rite Aid pharmacists and will operate Monday through Friday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Rite Aid's COVID-19 nasal tests are available for all individuals four years of age and older, regardless if they are experiencing virus symptoms, in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance," a release from Rite Aid says.
To be tested you are required to pre-register online and schedule a time slot.
You can find a list of Rite Aid locations offering COVID-19 testing by visiting the website here.