Oakland airport first in the US to sell COVID-19 test kits in vending machines

Jyotshana Rani

12th Feb'21

Traveling during Covid-19

Covid-19 has created a different level of fear in people’s hearts. Though the vaccination drive has started, the fear is still there, and it will take time to get over the damage done. Now, the lockdown is over, and people are coming back to their normal life; still, the virus is not dead which means the chances of getting infected remains the same.

A survey was conducted by India’s leading AI-driven EMI financing and “Buy Now Pay Later” (“Pay Later”) platform, ZestMoney, with a sample of 4,600 respondents across key metros and Tier 2 and 3 cities in India. According to the survey, though more than 75% of respondents did not take any vacation in the last 3 months, more than 55% of respondents across key metros and Tier 3 cities have planned their next vacation for early 2021 in India. 


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First airport selling Covid-19 test kits from vending machines

2020 has given us many misfortunes, and covid-19 tops the list. But, there is one more fact that due to this pandemic, many people got the opportunity to discover themselves better. Also, we got some advancement in healthcare facilities and technologies.

We usually see vending machines providing items like snacks, beverages, cigarettes, and lottery tickets to consumers after cash, credit card or, or a specially designed card is inserted into the machines. But a vending machine at the airport in Oakland, Calif., is distributing Covid-19 test kits.

There are two machines, each one located within both of Oakland’s terminals. You have to make a selection on the screen and reach down to pick up your choice. The tests carry a significantly higher price tag (about $149), but the test’s cost can be submitted to insurance later for reimbursement. You will not get an instant result as it is a take-home Saliva RT-PCT test. Customers must take their own test and return a saliva sample by FedEx, and they will receive the results through a mobile app.

The test kit is designed by the digital health company, ‘Wellness 4 Humanity’, and the vending machines are produced by Swyft. The covid-19 fear is still there and even with the testing option available, Bryant Francis, Oakland Aviation Director, is encouraging travelers to make sure they are current on any quarantines and regulations at their destinations.

Source: Boston 25 News

According to Los Angeles Times, the kits are intended for people flying into Oakland and not for those who are about to board a plane. Airport officials also said that travelers headed to Hawaii cannot use the vending machine tests as part of the State of Hawaii Department of Health’s pre-travel testing program which requires travelers entering Hawaii to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure.

By introducing this technology, Oakland International Airport became the first airport to begin selling Covid-19 tests from vending machines.


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