The Biden Administration has begun distribution of 400 million NIOSH-approved N95 respirators, to make available free for all US residents.
Where Are The N95s Coming From?
The N95s will be coming from the United States Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), which is the federal government’s reserve for crucial medicines and supplies for use during a public health emergency. The distribution of 400 million N95s amounts to more than half the total 750 million N95 masks currently stored in the SNS. The Dept. of Health and Human Services called the initiative the largest deployment of personal protective equipment in US history.
WHERE Can You Get One?
The White House said the masks will be made available at pharmacies and community health centers that have partnered with the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign. This includes big retail and grocery chains like Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy, Walmart, Rite Aid, Kroger, Safeway, Meijer, and Costco.
WHEN Can You Get One?
The masks will be fully available at tens of thousands of such locations by early February, according to the White House. Pharmacies across the country have reported already receiving their shipments of N95 masks and distributing them to customers in recent days.
HOW Can You Get One?
Americans will need to go pick up the free N95 respirators in person from participating retail locations.
HOW MANY Can You Get?
Everyone can get up to three masks free “to ensure broad access for all Americans,” the White House said.
Why Kind of N95 Can You Get?
The SNS has distributed N95 respirators from the following PPE manufacturers and ISEA members:
The CDC has listed all models distributed along with use instructions for each.
For information about how to use your N95 correctly, see How to Use Your N95 Respirator.