September 25, 2023
COVID-19 self-test kits available to households
MOBILE, Ala. — The Mobile County Health Department will cease COVID-19 operations at the Festival Centre location (3725 Airport Boulevard, Suite 101-A, in Mobile) on Friday. However, starting today households will again be able to order four free tests through the https://www.covid.gov/tests website.
These tests will detect the currently circulating COVID-19 variants. Individuals are encouraged to use the free tests immediately to prepare for travel and gatherings with friends and family throughout the 2023 holiday season.
Before you throw out “expired” tests, please check with the Food and Drug Administration at https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/coronavirus-covid-19-and-medical-devices/home-otc-covid-19-diagnostic-tests#list to see if your COVID-19 tests’ expiration dates have been extended.
“Everyone can still receive the COVID-19 vaccine from their local provider or pharmacy,” said Dr. Kevin Philip Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County. “And anyone who is high-risk and hasn’t already received the latest vaccine should do so as soon as possible to allow greater time to pass between receiving the current and new versions of the vaccine. It is the safest way to protect yourself, family, and friends from severe disease and hospitalization.”
The https://www.vaccines.gov/ website is an excellent resource for searching for available vaccines nearest your location. Current patients with Family Health – the primary care division of MCHD – may call 251-690-8889 to learn about the availability of the new COVID-19 vaccines.