Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Being Handed Out to Galveston Campus Community Starting Tomorrow    

January 12, 2022

 

At-home COVID-19 test kits are being made available by Texas A&M University to all students, staff and faculty starting Thursday, Jan. 13 and will be available as long as supplies last. These easy-to-use tests will help identify positive COVID-19 infections while preserving in-person learning.  

Mandatory testing is not required for returning employees and students, though we do encourage all to test upon arrival to help protect our campus community.  


Steps to Pick Up Your Tests: 

  • Visit the request site, select Galveston, then use your NetID to log on and fill out the form. Make sure to select Galveston as your pick-up location.  
  • After filling out the form, hit submit. A "receipt" will appear on screen with an assigned request number. It also will be emailed to your Texas A&M account. You will need to show that number when picking up the test kit. Don't lose it. 

Here's a video on how to perform the test. 


Where to Pick Up: 

  • The free self-test kits will be handed out at the Sea Aggie Center starting Thursday, Jan. 13 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and will continue to be available Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. as long as supplies last.  


Testing Tips: 

Testing is one of many risk-reduction measures - along with vaccinationmasking and physical distancing - that protect you and others by reducing the chances of spreading SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the following: 


Testing on Campus & Vaccine Info: 

  • The Galveston Campus will continue to offer free COVID-19 testing, which is available at the Sea Aggie Center, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  
  • The CDC has an interactive clinical assessment tool that assists individuals 13 and older, as well as parents and caregivers of children ages 2 to 12 on deciding when to seek testing or medical care. 
  • Public health officials strongly recommend individuals get fully vaccinated, which includes a booster.
  • Check here for off campus sites, including CVS and Walgreens. If you're not certain about when you should get the booster, the CDC explains it here