Testing

Testing

test strip with indicator stripTesting is an important tool to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. As of June 25, Health Department testing sites are closed, but take-home tests meet many testing needs and are widely available at pharmacies around the state and at online retailers.

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where to find tests

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treatment resources
Who should get COVID-19 treatment?

TEST KIT EXPIRATION DATES

Manufacturers periodically extend expiration dates on tests. Here is an update on expiration dates.

Brand Printed Expiration date New Expiration date Lot #
i Health (antigen) 6/23/2022 9/23/2022 (10): 213CO21224
Intrivo on/go (antigen) 06/01/2022 12/31/2022 CP22A16
Lucira (LAMP) 12/20/2022 12/20/2022 K08A112801223M2

When Should I Get Tested?

  • As soon as possible if you have symptoms of COVID-19 ─ even if the symptoms are mild, and even if you previously had COVID-19.
  • If you are a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and you are not vaccinated or not up to date on your vaccines. Learn more about when close contacts should get tested.

Report Your Results

If there is no option to automatically report your self-test result, please report results (positive or negative) to the Health Department using this online form, Vermont COVID-19 Self-Test Result Reporting Form

Test Types

There are two types of tests that can tell you if you are infected at the time of the test — Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (NAAT) and antigen tests. A PCR test is needed if you are testing a child under age 2. Take-home LAMP and antigen tests are not approved for use in children under 2.

 

Nucleic Acid amplification test (NAAT)

antigen test
Examples Includes PCR and LAMP. Also known as molecular tests. Includes Quidel QuickVue and BinaxNOW.
How long for results Up to 3 days. Some are rapid (around 20 minutes). Most are rapid, around 15 minutes.
How the test works Detects genetic material (RNA) within the COVID-19 virus. Detects proteins (or antigens) on the surface of the COVID-19 virus.
Learn more about NAAT and antigen tests

NAAT – PCR/LAMP Tests 

PCR and LAMP tests are generally the most reliable tests. PCR tests, however, need to be analyzed at a lab, which means a longer wait for results. At-home LAMP tests can provide results within an hour because the sample does not need to go to a lab for analysis.

Antigen Tests 

Antigen tests provide rapid results. They can also be purchased at pharmacies or other stores and are easy to use. An antigen test can help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Antigen tests look for proteins on the virus to tell if you are currently infected with COVID-19.

An antigen test can be used if you have symptoms or if you are a close contact, but be sure to take BOTH tests, at least 24 hours apart.

An antigen test should be used if you tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days, because the other test types may continue to be positive due to your previous infection.

Vermont has issued an emergency rule requiring health insurers to cover the retail purchase of most FDA-authorized COVID-19 antigen tests. If the tests are covered by your health insurance, you may be able to show your insurance card at the pharmacy counter and get test kits at no cost to you. Some health plans may require you to pay for the tests and then be reimbursed.

test details

test test type Self- test? instructions
PCR NAAT No You will be instructed at clinic.
 
Lucira LAMP
 
NAAT Yes

Video on How to Use: ASL/English | العربية /Arabic | မြန်မာစာ/Burmese | دری / Dari | Français/French | Kirundi | Maay Maay | नेपाली/Nepali | پښتو/Pashto | Soomaali | Español /Spanish | Swahili | Tiếng Việt/Vietnamese| Mandarin Chinese

Directions:  English |العربية /Arabic | မြန်မာစာ/Burmese | دری / Dari | Français/French | Kirundi | नेपाली/Nepali | پښتو/Pashto | Soomaali | Español /Spanish | Swahili | Tiếng Việt/Vietnamese

The LAMP test comes with 2 AA batteries. Please repurpose (for example in a smoke detector) or recycle these batteries.

BINX NAAT Yes  
BinaxNOW Antigen Yes Video on How to Use: ASL/English | العربية /Arabic | မြန်မာစာ/Burmese | دری / Dari | Français/French | Kirundi | Maay Maay | नेपाली/Nepali | پښتو/Pashto | Soomaali | Español /Spanish | Swahili | Tiếng Việt/Vietnamese| Mandarin Chinese

Directions: English | العربية /Arabic | မြန်မာစာ/Burmese | Chinese - Simplified 中文 | Chinese - Traditional | دری / Dari | Français/French | Kirundi | नेपाली/Nepali | پښتو/Pashto | Soomaali | Español /Spanish | Swahili | Tiếng Việt/Vietnamese

Intrivo on/go Antigen Yes

Video on How to Use: English العربية /Arabic | မြန်မာစာ/Burmese | دری / Dari | Français/French | Kirundi Maay Maay | नेपाली/Nepali | پښتو/Pashto | Soomaali Español /Spanish | Swahili | Tiếng Việt/Vietnamese| Mandarin Chinese

Directions: English | العربية /Arabic | မြန်မာစာ/Burmese | Chinese - Simplified 中文 | Chinese - Traditional | دری / Dari | Français/French | Kirundi | नेपाली/Nepali | پښتو/Pashto | Soomaali | Español /Spanish | Swahili | Tiếng Việt/Vietnamese

Find out about expiration date extension for this product.

Quidel QuickVue At-home Antigen Yes Video on How to Use: ASL | English | العربية /Arabic | မြန်မာစာ/Burmese | دری / Dari | Français/French | Kirundi| Maay Maay | नेपाली/Nepali | پښتو/Pashto | Soomaali | Español /Spanish | Swahili | Tiếng Việt/Vietnamese| Mandarin Chinese

Quick reference instructions: English | العربية /Arabic | မြန်မာစာ/Burmese | دری / Dari | Français/French | Kirundi| नेपाली/Nepali | پښتو/Pashto | Soomaali | Español /Spanish | Swahili | Tiếng Việt/Vietnamese
 
iHealth Antigen Yes Video on How to Use: ASL | English | العربية /Arabic | မြန်မာစာ/Burmese | دری / Dari | Français/French | Kirundi | Maay Maay | नेपाली/Nepali | پښتو/Pashto | Soomaali | Español /Spanish | Swahili | Tiếng Việt/Vietnamese| Mandarin Chinese

Find out about expiration date extension for this product.
 
FlowFlex Antigen Yes Video on How to Use: English | العربية /Arabic | မြန်မာစာ/Burmese | دری / Dari | Français/French | Kirundi | Maay Maay | Mandarin Chineseनेपाली/Nepali | پښتو/Pashto | Soomaali | Español /Spanish | Swahili | Tiếng Việt/Vietnamese | American Sign Language| Mandarin Chinese

Find out about expiration date extension for this product.

Find tips and learn more from the CDC about self-testing

tests for people who are homebound

Homebound means you are not able to leave your home for scheduled medical care or non-medical appointments.

If you are homebound, you can get a PCR COVID-19 test in your home. Call 802-863-7200 (toll-free 800-464-4343), Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Waiting for COVID-19 Test Results

If you are being tested because you have symptoms of COVID-19, stay home and away from other people and wear a mask if you must be near others.

Learn about how to isolate and notify your close contacts if you test positive

Testing information for health care professionals
View data about testing in Vermont

Serology/Antibody Test (not for a current infection)

Serologic, or antibody, tests identify people who have previously been infected with the COVID-19 virus and do not show whether a person is currently infected. 

If someone was infected with COVID-19, there will be antibodies in their blood whether the person ever felt sick or not. The testing measures the body’s immune response to the virus. It does not detect the virus itself. The COVID-19 vaccines could cause you to test positive on some antibody tests. This is because your body develops an immune response when you get vaccinated. 
 
With any test, there is always a risk of incorrect test results – false-positive and false-negative results. We need a good and accurate test we can rely on. The Vermont Department of Health convened a working group of experts to research antibody tests. Their findings conclude that at this time, the serologic (antibody) tests that are currently available would not produce results that are accurate or reliable enough for Vermont. The working group will continue to meet regularly and will be watching closely for changes and improvements in serologic testing. Recommendations may change based on new data. 

Though certain providers may offer antibody testing in Vermont, the working group cautions against using serologic testing to make decisions about individuals. For example, the test should not be used to establish “proof of immunity.” However, this type of test could help us better understand the population-level rate of infection from COVID-19 in Vermont. 

The CDC is working with commercial laboratories to estimate the percentage of people who were infected with the COVID-19 virus. The strategy involves working with state, local, territorial, academic and commercial partners to better understand COVID-19 in the United States using serology testing for surveillance. 

Learn more from the Food and Drug Administration about COVID-19 tests
 

Federal Free At-home COVID Test Program

Every home in the United States can order a third round of 8 free COVID-19 at-home tests (4 packages of 2 each).
The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days. For technical support call 1-800-344-7779.

Order COVID TesT kits

Frequently Asked Questions about the federal program

In This Section

Learn about when to get tested, and where to go for testing.