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This Grocery Store Is Launching Rapid COVID Antibody Testing

Fingerstick tests are coming to 250 store locations in the U.S.
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Hy-Vee has already done so much in helping customers get COVID-19 tests, and starting Jan. 18, the grocery store chain will be doing even more. Starting that day, more than 250 store locations will start offering fingerstick rapid COVID antibody testing in their pharmacies.

The antibody testing is designed to tell a person if they've already had COVID-19 at some point (perhaps unknowingly), and by opting for the rapid testing functionality, Hy-Vee pharmacies will be able to tell customers their results in as quickly as 15 minutes.

Hy-Vee cautions customers, though, to be aware that this specific fingerstick test is specifically designed for antibodies and that not only should you not come into the store if you feel COVID-19 symptoms but also this test won't tell you whether or not you have the novel coronavirus at all. (Related: The One Vitamin Doctors Are Urging Everyone to Take Right Now.)


To get a rapid COVID antibody test at Hy-Vee, you have to make an appointment online first here. The tests cost $25 at Hy-Vee pharmacies and results will be shared with you the same day. Testing is available in all eight states where you can find Hy-Vee stores: Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Hy-Vee has steadily been expanding its COVID-19 efforts to assist the public. They began with drive-up testing last summer before adding the rapid COVID-19 testing at many locations. Just recently, they started administering the vaccine, and now they're taking on antibody testing. They join other grocers, like Kroger and Publix, in making COVID-19 resources as available as possible to consumers.

According to Supermarket News, Hy-Vee is also expanding the workforce in the stores' pharmacies to ensure they have enough employees to properly assist the public. They've reportedly committed to hiring an additional 1,000 pharmacy technicians across its nearly 300 locations.

Get more details on all the testing options at Hy-Vee on their website and schedule your appointment there as well. Most locations are starting the rapid antibody testing on Jan. 18, though hours and availability may vary.

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Hedy Phillips
Hedy is a freelance writer with years of experience covering buzzy food trends, wellness, and weight loss. Read more