Backgrounder: Biden administration launches COVID.gov, a new one-stop website for vaccines, tests, treatments, masks and the latest information on COVID-19
The website will feature a new Test-to-Treat locator tool to help people access more than 2,000 locations that offer COVID-19 tests and antiviral pills in one convenient place
The administration continues to urge Congress to immediately provide funding to help keep these vital protections readily available to all.
Today, the Biden administration is launching COVID.gov, a new one-stop website to help everyone in the United States have even better access to lifesaving tools like vaccines, tests, treatments and masks, as well as get the latest updates on COVID-19 in their area. The administration has worked over the past 14 months to set up more than 90,000 vaccination sites, make more than 400 million high-quality masks available free of charge, send free tests to people’s homes, and set up new testing sites to treat where people can get tested and receive life-saving antivirals in one place. Now, with the click of a button, people will be able to find where to access all of these tools, as well as receive the latest data from the CDC on the level of COVID-19 in their community.
As part of COVID.gov, a new Test-to-Treat locator will help people access pharmacies and community health centers across the country where people can get tested for COVID-19 and receive appropriate treatment if they need it. President Biden announced the Test-to-Treat initiative in his State of the Union address earlier this month. Since then, the administration has already launched more than 2,000 of these sites, as well as more than 240 sites at Veterans Health Administration and Department of Defense facilities to serve veterans, military personnel and their families. As has been the case throughout the pandemic, the Administration is ensuring that locations are established in our hardest hit and high-risk communities.
Thanks to the rescue tools we have now, America is at a new moment in the pandemic. The country is moving forward safely and people are returning to their more normal routines. To ensure we maintain and build on this progress and protect and prepare for new variants, earlier this month the President released his National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. The president has made it clear that to execute this plan and stay ahead of the virus, the administration needs additional funding from Congress, including $22.5 billion in immediate emergency funds. To date, Congress has failed to provide these funds and the country is already suffering the consequences. Over the past two weeks, the administration has had to stop reimbursing health care providers for treating the uninsured, cancel monoclonal antibody orders and cut state supplies, cut orders for treatments for the immunocompromised and pull the United States out of the line for future vaccines and purchases of next-generation treatments. These issues disproportionately impact our hardest-hit and most-at-risk populations, including communities of color and people with disabilities. The administration continues to urge Congress to act quickly, as the consequences will continue to escalate in the weeks ahead.
Protecting the American people from COVID-19 now and in the future relies on affordable and accessible tools like high-quality vaccines, treatments, tests, and masks. Through efforts like COVID.gov and Test-to-Treat, the administration continues to take steps to make these tools even more readily available. Now we need Congress to do its part and continue to fund the response to COVID-19.
Today’s announcements include:
Launch of COVID.gov, a new one-stop website where individuals can find where to access high-quality vaccines, tests, treatments and masks. Today the administration launched COVID.gov, a new website to help people access high-quality vaccines, tests, treatments, and masks. COVID.gov also gives people an easy way to find the level of COVID-19 in their community. Early last year, the administration launched Vaccines.gov and an associated hotline to help people locate and book appointments at nearby vaccination sites. In January of this year, the administration launched COVIDTests.gov where people could order tests and have them shipped to their homes for free. COVID.gov will allow individuals to access both of these services on one convenient, easy-to-use website. It will also offer information on where to find free, high-quality masks and, for the first time, where to access COVID-19 treatments.
COVID.gov will be available in English, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese and is accessible to people using assistive technology. The administration is also making all of these COVID-19 tools available by phone through the national hotline at 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489), which supports more than 150 languages. For people with disabilities who may need additional support, the Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) is also available to assist at 1-888-677-1199 or by email at [email protected] usinganddisability.org.
New locator tool to help individuals access over 2,000 testing sites to process across the country. Today, as part of COVID.gov, the administration launched a new Test-to-Treat locator tool to help the public access lifesaving medications if they have COVID-19. President Biden announced in his State of the Union address the creation of the Test-to-Treat initiative. This program creates one-stop-shops where people can take a COVID-19 test and receive oral antiviral treatment, if it suits them because they test positive and face high risk for COVID. Since launching earlier this month, there are now more than 2,000 Test-to-Treat sites nationwide, including pharmacy clinics, federally licensed community health centers (FQHCs), and long-term care facilities. As has been the case since December, people can still be tested and treated by their own healthcare providers who can appropriately prescribe these oral antivirals where they are dispensed, now more easily identified than ever by the locator Test-to-Treat.
Test to treat available to all Veterans and Military Personnel Health Administration patients and their families. Test to Treat is now available to all Veterans Affairs (VA) patients at VA clinics across the country. Connecting patients who test positive to the treatments that are right for them is the standard of care at VA clinics. Each test performed in the VA is linked to a care team and accompanied by examination, patient counseling and consideration of treatment indication and eligibility. The VA also allows people with a positive home test result to have a virtual visit to connect with counseling and receive oral medication if needed. VA sites have access to oral antiviral treatments for COVID-19, and treatment is usually provided onsite or delivered by expedited courier. Additionally, the Department of Defense (DoD) has made one-stop Test-to-Treat available at more than 60 DoD Medical Treatment Facilities (MTFs) across the country, with hundreds more ready to go. start working soon. MTF patients across the country, including active duty service members and TRICARE beneficiaries, can access Test-to-Treat at facilities in their communities.
Hundreds of test-to-treat locations at FQHCs and Indian Health Service facilities across the country to protect hard-hit and high-risk communities from COVID-19.Test-to-treat sites are also available at over 240 FQHC and Indian Health Services (IHS) facilities across the country, ensuring access to life-saving treatment in some of our hardest hit and most at-risk communities. . The number of these locations will continue to grow in the coming weeks as more FQHCs, rural health clinics, and IHS locations come online with Test-to-Treat programs. These community providers will continue to serve as trusted messengers to raise awareness of the availability of lifesaving treatments, and will also partner with community organizations to reach specific high-risk populations, including people with disabilities.