BPHC Bulletin: Update on the Health Center COVID-19 Testing Supply Distribution Program

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HRSA recently announced a partnership between HHS and the Department of Defense to deliver free COVID-19 rapid testing supplies to HRSA-funded health centers and Health Center Program look-alikes.

We sent out a questionnaire on testing supply needs last week indicating a requested submission deadline of Wednesday, April 21, and we thank everyone who completed it. Your input is valuable in helping us to estimate the baseline for national need for COVID-19 rapid testing supplies and to inform program strategy going forward. Completion of the survey is not required for health centers to receive rapid testing supplies. All health centers will have the opportunity to more formally indicate their request for supplies in the future as the program parameters are finalized.

At this time, we are waiting for a vendor to be selected. We understand that the absence of this information presents a challenge in determining a health center’s anticipated demand for supplies. This also impacts our estimated timeline for the program. We will provide additional details as soon as a vendor is identified and a timeline for distribution is confirmed.

Please stay tuned for future communications on this topic.