Rapid At-Home Covid Test Shortage Comes Just Before The Holidays


A store front posts signs saying "Covid tests out of stock" (left) and a sign from the Attleboro Library reads, "We have given away all of our rapid at-home Covid-19 tests" (Right).Photo: Kim Tunnicliffe / WBZ

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – With the holidays fast approaching and Covid-19 cases rising, more and more people are running to their local drug stores hoping to pick up a test kit or two.

However, many of those scavengers are coming home empty-handed as it has become extremely difficult to find a test in any store.

Customers at the County Square Pharmacy in Attleboro were immediately told they were sold out of the rapid test kits as soon as they walked through the front door.

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“It’s hard to get them in,” said Owner Abram Agabee. He credits the shortage to shipping delays and manufacturer backups and has no inclination as to when more tests could be hitting the shelves.

“Trying to get [them] here on time, it was really good until yesterday,” Agabee explained. However, he added “I had a week’s supply that we sold in a day.”

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The pharmacy gets up to 300 calls a day and about 150 walk-ins, all asking about the test kits. One woman just started her search for the coveted test ahead of her family’s holiday celebration.

“My sister-in-law and my niece has specifically requested that we should all get tested before we show up there on Christmas Day.”

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