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Protect Aggieland: New Details about free home-test kits being handed out

January 18, 2022, 6:30 p.m. CST

Cases of COVID-19 omicron variant continue to rise across Aggieland and the state, prompting health officials to offer a friendly recommendation and reminder: Test on a regular basis and vaccinate.

Texas A&M offers free testing at multiple kiosks stationed across campus, but students, faculty and staff also may pick up a home-test kit each week at no cost.

Details about the dates and times for the four pick-up locations are listed here. You must visit the request site, select College Station, then use your NetID to log on and fill out the form. After submitting, a receipt with the number will be emailed to your Texas A&M account; show that number when picking up the test kit.

Note about distribution: Texas A&M received thousands of tests from the Texas Department of Emergency Management - BinaxNOW tests, as well as another FDA-approved testing product called INDICAID.  The INDICAID product comes to us 25 tests in a box, so to distribute individually, we are carefully placing the supplies needed for an individual test in a clear zip-lock bag, along with instructions for use. While the process for taking this test is similar to other at home tests, please be sure to follow directions closely

Expiration dates for home kits

The time stamp on some boxes have an expiration date that has passed, however, the tests are still valid and work. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced that BinaxNow COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test is approved for a shelf-life longer than the expiration date. So, for example, if the box says it expired in December 2021, it won't actually expire until September 2022. The company made an extension request to the FDA, saying stability studies show the tests remain accurate and consistent over the longer time period. The letter from the FDA granting the extended expiration window can be found here

Texas A&M outlines its isolation and quarantine protocols on its COVID-19 guidance page. Please check for regular updates.

Greg Hartman
Chief Operating Officer & Senior Vice President
Texas A&M University