Walmart (NYSE: WMT) is limiting the amount of rapid at-home Covid-19 tests that customers can buy, as the omicron variant continues to spread. As of December 21, customers will only be able to purchase a maximum of eight tests for each online order, according to Reuters. Nevertheless, the company is allowing each individual location to set its own limit for in-store purchases.
“We do have strong inventory levels nationally in store,” Walmart told the news outlet in a statement. “However, inventory is more limited online depending on the zip code.”
Walmart is among one of several retailers that have implemented a limit to the number of tests shoppers can purchase. Stores such as Walgreens and CVS have also set purchasing caps.
Amid the rapid spread of the omicron coronavirus variant, demand for rapid at-home tests have skyrocketed. Furthermore, there has been evidence of test shortages within stores throughout the country during this past week.
“We are working hard to secure additional Covid-19 test inventory” from sellers, a spokesperson said.
Though Walmart seems to have sufficient stock of the tests, CVS noted that it may temporarily run out of stock at its stores.
“To ensure equitable access to tests both in store and digitally, we’ve added a limit of six test kits per purchase,” the pharmaceutical company said.
Meanwhile, the Biden administration announced Tuesday that it had purchased half-a-billion at-home rapid tests, set to be available to citizens next month.