Kroger-owned pharmacies offering in-store rapid COVID-19 antibody tests

Kroger Health is now offering rapid COVID-19 antibody tests at its pharmacies, the retailer said Oct. 28. 

The antibody tests use a finger-prick blood sample taken by a licensed health professional and can give results within 15 minutes. The tests can tell people if they've previously been infected with COVID-19, but not if they are actively infected. 

Kroger has  offered in-clinic and at-home COVID-19 diagnostic tests as well. The antibody tests are available now at Kroger-owned pharmacies at Ralph's grocery stores in California and Kroger pharmacies in Michigan. The company said the tests will be available at all Kroger pharmacies by the end of November. 

The tests, which are supplied by Whitmire Medical, are $25. They were granted emergency use authorization from the FDA in July and authorized for broader point-of-care use in September. People who believe they may have been  infected with the virus but aren't  experiencing symptoms now are eligible for the tests. 

Read Kroger's full news release here.


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