At-Home COVID Test Same-Day Delivery: Where to Order From, How to Get It

At-Home COVID Test Same-Day Delivery: Where to Order From, How to Get It
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At-Home COVID Test Same-Day Delivery: Where to Order From, How to Get It

We’ve become accustomed to the instant gratification of same-day delivery for everything from groceries to beauty products. But what about COVID-19 at-home tests?

When you want a COVID-19 test, you want one now. But COVID-19 in-person test appointments are hard to book. Shipping of at-home tests takes days (if you’re lucky) at major retailers. And, if you think you may have been exposed (or are symptomatic), you probably don’t want to hit the stores and search for in-stock COVID-19 tests among the shelves.

Your options for getting same-day delivery on an at-home COVID-19 tests aren’t as plentiful as they are for ordering, say, paper towels, chips and toothpaste. There’s huge demand for these tests after all, and stock isn’t exactly keeping up amid the Omicron surge. But you do have a couple options that our editors put to the test.

We’ll be updating this article as more same-day delivery services start including at-home COVID-19 tests. And be sure to read this medically reviewed article on how at-home COVID tests work (and their accuracy).

goPuff COVID Test Same-Day Delivery

goPuff is a delivery app (available in 500 U.S. cities) that lets you order convenience-store fare (think snacks, ice cream, alcohol, diapers and more). It started offering COVID test delivery in January 2022.

Delivery time: As little as 20 minutes. Our editors put this option to the test, and it is remarkably speedy. Our order of a two-pack of On/Go tests ($23.99) arrived in just under 20 minutes, from the moment we hit “purchase.”

How it works: The process felt almost too easy, like summoning COVID tests out of thin air. Just download the app, enter your address, search for “COVID-19 test” and add-to-cart. Add whatever else (ice cream?) you want to add.

At-Home COVID Test Same-Day Delivery: Where to Order From, How to Get It
Image: GoPuff app

A progress bar will then appear, showing the status of your order. When the driver sets off with your order, you’ll be able to follow their progress through the app. And then you’ll be alerted when your order is (contactlessly) dropped at your door.

At-Home COVID Test Same-Day Delivery: Where to Order From, How to Get It

 

Image: goPuff app

Delivery fee: $1.95 flat fee ($2 extra if your order contains alcohol). Tipping is encouraged. You’re getting COVID tests in under an hour. Tip.

Instacart COVID Test Same-Day Delivery

Instacart will deliver COVID tests if they’re in stock at a store it partners with near you. Expect stock to be iffy. We managed to place an order on Jan. 28.

Delivery time: As fast as an hour, or check your soonest possible delivery time in the cart.

How it works: Log in to Instacart and search “COVID-19 tests.” You’ll see your options at nearby stores. Add your desired test to your cart. In a few cases, items went out of stock within seconds, but we managed to place an order for Ellume tests.

At-Home COVID Test Same-Day Delivery: Where to Order From, How to Get It

 

Image: Instacart

Delivery fee: Starts at $3.99 on orders over $35. Instacart Express members get free delivery on orders over $35. Fees may be higher for faster delivery, priority delivery and delivery of heavy items. Do NOT forget to tip (which is easily done at checkout.

We will keep this article updated as we confirm that more delivery services and major retailers are offering same-day delivery on COVID-19 at-home tests.

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