Washington State Is Getting Free Covid Test Vending Machines

Are we in a post-Covid era? An extended Covid era? Nearly four years after the country’s first case of Covid-19 was confirmed in Washington, our state is introducing vending machines that will dispense free test kits, among other health supplies. Close your eyes and think back to February of 2020. This is not the future you would have imagined.

The machines, unveiled by the Department of Health, will be located in public places such as “food banks, transit stations, churches, schools, and libraries,” and managed by local health jurisdictions and Tribal Nations.

Their development isa sign of how much society has changed. Even with Covid numbers relatively flat—and relatively

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