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A woman in a mask receives a heart bandaid on her arm after getting a vaccine from a CVS Health immunizer.

We're here to support you through COVID-19.

The outbreak of COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation. Check back regularly for vaccine updates.

Find the answers you need to help you stay well.

FAQs about COVID-19 COVID-19 testing locations
A woman in a mask receives a heart bandaid on her arm after getting a vaccine from a CVS Health immunizer.
A CVS Health Immunizer applies a bandaid to a man’s arm after administering a vaccine.

We're ready to administer COVID-19 vaccines when available to pharmacies.

  • Some vaccines in development may require two doses while at least one vaccine may only require one dose to be effective
  • Vaccines will be available based on the prioritization schedule set by government
  • The vaccine will be no cost to you through your insurance or a government program for the uninsured

  • Expertise with over 7 million COVID-19 tests administered by CVS Health
  • Ample experience in safely administering vaccines, such as flu, shingles and pneumonia
  • Easy online vaccination scheduling at CVS.com® or via the CVS® app.

Our CVS Pharmacy locations have been updated for your health and safety.

  • Disinfectant wipe stations to wipe down your cart or basket
  • Signage and floor markers to help you maintain a safe physical distance of 6 feet while in store
  • Face coverings are required in our stores per CDC guidance*
  • Regular cleaning of hard surfaces and frequently handled items
  • New protective panels at checkout and pharmacy counters
  • Fewer signatures required on our PIN pads

Keep informed to stay on your path toward health.

For the latest COVID-19 guidelines and COVID-19 vaccine progress, visit these Centers for Disease Control and Prevention webpages.

Frequently asked questions about COVID-19

About the COVID-19 vaccine

How is CVS Health working with the CDC to make the COVID-19 vaccine available?

CVS Health has entered into a contract with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to be one of the official COVID-19 Vaccination Program Providers. When a COVID-19 vaccine is authorized by the FDA and is available to pharmacies, the United States government will make a supply of the publicly funded vaccine available to CVS Health for administration.

Who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination under this contract?

Under this contract, vaccines for COVID-19 will be provided to patients consistent with the vaccination priorities established by the government. CVS Health will receive everything needed to administer the vaccine once it is authorized and available to pharmacies. This includes a supply of the publicly funded COVID vaccine and necessary supplies for its administration.

Will patients be charged for the vaccine?

No patient will be charged for the vaccine or for its administration.

The federal government will provide the vaccine. CVS Health will be reimbursed for the cost of administering the COVID-19 vaccine by the patient's insurance or, in the case of uninsured patients, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) program for uninsured patients. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has established the reimbursement rates for administration of the vaccine for patients covered by Medicare as well as those covered by the program for the uninsured.

When will CVS Pharmacy begin offering the COVID-19 vaccine?

Once a COVID-19 vaccine (or vaccines) is (or are) authorized and available to pharmacies, CVS Health will work rapidly to make vaccinations available to the public consistent with the prescribed prioritization schedule.

How many doses of vaccine will be made available to CVS Health?

The federal government's allocation methodology will determine how many COVID-19 vaccines will be made available to CVS Health.

Which COVID vaccine will be offered? Will there be more than one type of vaccine for COVID-19?

The type of vaccine for COVID-19 made available to CVS Health will be determined by the federal government's allocation methodology.

Where will the vaccine be available under this contract?

The vaccine will be distributed to CVS Pharmacy retail locations per the agreement.

What processes are in place to manage and ensure appropriate booster shot administration (depending on the authorized vaccine)?

Patients will be required to make an appointment for their initial shot either online or through the CVS Pharmacy app. Patients scheduling a first dose of a vaccine will be prompted to schedule their booster dose appointment at the same time, if a booster shot is necessary. The scheduling system will automatically prompt patients to schedule the COVID vaccine booster dose within the appropriate clinical timeframe, while allowing enough time in case the appointment needs to be rescheduled. The patient will receive follow-up reminders to get the second dose.

Upon receiving their first dose, patients will receive a government-mandated vaccine card with all pertinent vaccination information. Detailed reporting will be shared with state, local or territorial public health authorities

In how many states will CVS Health be able to offer vaccinations for COVID-19?

CVS Health is prepared to provide vaccinations in all 50 states, as well as Washington, DC and Puerto Rico.

Who will be administering the vaccines — pharmacists, pharmacy techs or other health care providers?

Appropriate personnel under applicable state and federal laws and guidance will administer vaccines to patients. CVS Health immunizers are trained and certified according to company- and state-specific regulations. These immunizers may include pharmacists, pharmacy interns and trained pharmacy technicians, as well as nurse practitioners and physician assistants. All CVS Health immunizers are trained in the administration of immunizations and hold an active CPR certification.

Is it safe to get the COVID vaccine?

CVS Health will conduct all COVID-19 vaccination services in compliance with the CDC's guidance for immunization services during the COVID-19 pandemic for safe delivery of vaccines.

Is CVS Health ready to provide appropriate temperature-controlled storage of the vaccine, even if the approved vaccine requires extreme cold storage and cold-chain standards?

Yes. CVS Health is ready to appropriately store vaccines within the manufacturer's required temperature range.

Are other pharmacy chains also contracting with the federal government?

Yes, all the major national chains and a number of regional chains are helping the federal government administer as many vaccines as possible.

Is getting the COVID-19 vaccine similar to getting a flu vaccine?

Yes, the COVID vaccine process will be similar to receiving a flu vaccine, including appointment scheduling, which will be online at CVS.com or through the CVS Pharmacy app. CVS Health has ample experience in safely administering vaccines, including the projected administration of 20 million flu shots for the 2020 to 2021 season.*

Does this new vaccine agreement affect CVS Health's previous agreement to provide the vaccine to long-term care facilities?

No. CVS Health will continue to plan for the administration of on-site vaccination clinic services to residents and staff of long-term care facilities.

About COVID-19 and our response to the pandemic

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a novel respiratory coronavirus. COVID-19 poses a serious public health risk and is highly contagious. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the situation a pandemic. Visit the CDC Traveler's Health website for travel notices and precautions.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Common signs of infection include:

  • Fever (chills, sweating)
  • Cough (not related to chronic condition)
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (not related to chronic condition)
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting

In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. Visit the CDC website for more information about symptoms.

How does it spread?

Human coronaviruses are usually spread from an infected person to others through the air by coughing and sneezing and through close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands.

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

For more information about the transmission of COVID-19, please see the CDC website.

How can you protect yourself or others from COVID-19?

Although there are currently no vaccines available to protect against human coronavirus infection, you may be able to reduce the risk of infection by washing your hands often; avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands; wearing a face mask or cloth covering that covers your nose and mouth; and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

If you have cold-like symptoms, as a courtesy to your co-workers and others, please remain at home while you are sick.

  • Along these lines, CVS Pharmacy is waiving charges for home delivery of prescription medications. With the CDC encouraging people at higher risk for COVID-19 complications to stay at home as much as possible, this is a convenient option to avoid coming to the pharmacy for refills or new prescriptions.
  • Additionally, through Aetna, CVS Health® is offering 90 day maintenance medication prescriptions for insured and Medicare members, and is working with state governments to make the same option available to Medicaid members when allowable.
  • Aetna is also waiving early refill limits on 30 day prescription maintenance medications for all members with pharmacy benefits administered through CVS Caremark®.

If you share a workstation or equipment with others, please wipe it down with disinfectant wipes after use. Surfaces in any area occupied by an individual who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 should be washed with 70 percent ethyl alcohol or chlorine solution. For information about disinfecting your workstation, equipment or home, visit the CDC's Clean and Disinfect website.

Many cities, counties, states and countries have issued “stay at home” or “physical distancing” orders. To help protect yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19, it is important to follow these orders and limit the amount of time spent outside the home and around other people.

What should you do if you suspect you have or someone else has contracted COVID-19?

Most people with common human coronavirus illness will recover on their own. However, it is important to treat symptoms and limit the chances of infecting others. If you suspect you may have COVID-19, stay at home and reach out to a local health care provider.

Although there are no specific treatments for illnesses caused by human coronaviruses, you can take the following actions to help relieve symptoms if you are mildly sick:

  • Take pain and fever medications. Ask your pharmacist how they may interact with any medications you currently take. Caution: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend not giving aspirin to children
  • Use a room humidifier or take a hot shower to help ease a sore throat and cough.
  • Drink plenty of liquids.
  • Stay home and rest
  • Self-quarantine to minimize the spread of the human coronavirus
  • Contact your health care professional and ask about testing

Monitor your symptoms and reach out to a health care provider immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

What is Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)?

Doctors around the world have noted a severe inflammatory response that appears to be related to infections of COVID-19 in children. The multisystem inflammatory response presents with Kawasaki-like symptoms, including persistent fever, low blood pressure, abdominal pain, rash and elevated inflammatory markers. Children generally make a full recovery, though MIS-C has been fatal in some cases, indicating that the pediatric risk of COVID-19 is higher than initially presumed. Doctors are still learning about the syndrome, its diagnosis and its treatment. For more information, please see the CDC MIS-C website.

What is the current CVS Health guidance about wearing a face covering in our stores and at other CVS Health sites?

Face coverings are required of all customers, patients and colleagues at our stores and locations to help promote health and safety.

CDC guidance states that face masks and face coverings may slow the spread of the coronavirus by individuals who may have the virus but do not know it and may be helpful for those already infected with COVID-19 if they are in close contact with others. The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings when physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

Adults and children over 2 years of age are asked to wear face coverings at our locations. Children under 2 years of age and people with medical conditions or disabilities who may be adversely affected by a face covering do not need to wear one.

In an effort to keep our colleagues and customers safe from COVID-19 infection, we require all CVS Health employees to wear either company-issued face masks or cloth face coverings while working at a CVS Health site, including CVS Pharmacy locations and testing locations. Colleagues who choose not to wear company-provided face masks must wear cloth face coverings that meet CDC guidelines and are suitable for the workplace.

We also require all CVS vendors and suppliers, and their associated employees, contractors and agents, to follow all relevant COVID-19 guidelines issued by the CDC. These guidelines include but are not limited to:

  • Wearing a face mask/cloth face covering
  • Maintaining physical distancing and personal hygiene (frequent hand washing or use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer)
  • Frequently sanitizing any shared surfaces, equipment or technology, including keys, touchpads and styluses
  • Ensuring employees stay home if they show any symptoms of illness

Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items at low cost can be used as a public health measure. Please remember, however, that there is no substitute for proper physical distancing measures and frequent and thorough hand washing.

What is CVS Health doing to ensure its locations employ cleaning best practices to minimize exposure risk?

CVS Health follows CDC general cleaning guidance, which includes frequently cleaning all commonly touched surfaces, using disposable wipes to disinfect these surfaces, and using personal protective equipment while cleaning, including wearing nitrile gloves and safety goggles/glasses when using bleach/water solutions. This applies to all locations, including our stores.

What cleaning practices does CVS Health undertake when there is a confirmed case or an exposure situation?

A deep cleaning will be performed, which consists of wiping down all horizontal and high-contact touch points using Shockwave disinfectant cleaner and SteraMist spray.

What is MinuteClinic doing to protect patients from COVID-19?

In order to support efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, and to act in line with CDC and State Health Department guidance for infection control and prevention, MinuteClinic is making the following temporary changes to help keep our patients, customers and colleagues safe:

  • While you can easily make an appointment online, we are also accepting walk-in patients at many of our clinics.
  • To follow social distancing guidelines, we've eliminated the waiting room. After you check in at the kiosk, you will need to wait in your car or outside the store until the provider calls you in.
  • You will also be asked to wear a mask throughout your visit, which we can provide, if you do not have one of your own.
  • Whether you register for an appointment or walk in for care, you will be asked some questions to determine your risk for COVID-19. If your symptoms or exposure history suggest you may be at risk, we will share information about how to find the most convenient location for COVID-19 testing.
    • Although we are not testing for COVID-19 inside our MinuteClinic locations right now, no-cost testing is available at pharmacy drive-thru windows at more than 4,500 CVS Pharmacy locations across the country.
  • We're adding steps to further clean and disinfect the kiosk and the clinic between visits, and ensuring our providers have the appropriate PPE, including gloves, masks and protective eyewear.

Why can't patients wait for their appointments in the store?

Our goal is to provide safe, high-quality care and to ensure our patients and providers are protected.

In line with CDC and State Health Department guidance for infection control and prevention, and in the interest of keeping our providers, store colleagues and patients safe during this time, MinuteClinic has developed a temporary COVID-19 waiting room protocol.

Patients with scheduled appointments at their local MinuteClinic are required to wait in their personal vehicles or outside the store. When it is time for the patient's scheduled visit, the MinuteClinic provider will call or text the patient on the number they provided when they set up the appointment.

What happens if a patient comes to MinuteClinic and might have COVID-19?

Our goal is to provide safe, high-quality care and to ensure our patients and providers are protected. At this time, we are not able to test for the COVID-19 virus inside MinuteClinic.

Whether you register for an appointment or walk-in for care, you will be asked some questions to determine your risk for COVID-19. If your symptoms or exposure history suggest you may be at risk, we will share information about how to find the most convenient location for COVID-19 testing. Although we are not testing for COVID-19 inside our MinuteClinic locations right now, no-cost testing is available at pharmacy drive-thru windows at more than 4,500 CVS Pharmacy locations across the country.

If you have a suspected case of COVID-19 in the clinic, how will you help keep the store and clinic safe for other customers?

Our goal is to provide safe, high-quality care and to help protect our patients and providers. In alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recommendations, and in the interest of keeping our providers, store colleagues and patients safe during this time, MinuteClinic has developed a temporary COVID-19 waiting room protocol. The purpose of this protocol is to further enhance our infection control procedures for patients prior to their being seen in the clinic.

If one of our providers does see a patient who meets the criteria for COVID-19 risk, we take the appropriate precautions to protect our providers, other patients and customers. During the exam the provider will wear protective gear (e.g., appropriate masks, gloves, gown and goggles) and will provide the patient with a mask.

After the visit, the provider will disinfect the clinic exam room following CDC health care precautions for communicable infections, which includes the thorough disinfection of all clinic surfaces (including the sign-in kiosk). The provider may also close the disinfected clinic for a two hour period if needed and move to another room in the clinic to continue patient care.

Near the sign-in kiosk, we have masks available, as well as signage to encourage patients who are displaying lower respiratory tract symptoms (e.g., fever, cough and/or shortness of breath) to don masks while they wait for their appointments in their personal vehicles. We also have hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes available near the sign-in kiosk and encourage patient use.

Can you describe the process during an E-Clinic Visit or a Video Visit if COVID-19 is suspected?

If a patient requests a MinuteClinic E-Clinic Visit or a MinuteClinic Video Visit and is concerned about COVID-19, or if a Video Visit patient presents with symptoms of a lower respiratory tract illness (e.g., fever, cough and/or shortness of breath), we follow CDC recommended screening protocol to review their symptoms and check on other relevant risk factors to determine their risk of exposure to COVID-19.

If it is determined the patient may be at risk for COVID-19, the provider will connect with the local health department to determine the appropriate next steps and will connect the patient with the health department if testing for the virus is recommended.

General COVID-19 testing questions

Who should be tested for COVID-19?

The CDC recommends those with symptoms of COVID-19 who have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or who lives in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19 should contact their health care provider and be tested. The CDC overview of testing is intended to provide guidance and updates occasionally.

The CDC suggests giving the following patients high priority for testing:

  • Hospitalized patients with symptoms
  • Health care facility workers, workers in congregate living settings and first responders with symptoms
  • Residents in long-term care facilities or other congregate living settings, including prisons and shelters, with symptoms

The CDC suggests prioritizing the following patients for testing:

  • Persons with symptoms of potential COVID-19 infection, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting, diarrhea and/or sore throat
  • Persons without symptoms who are prioritized by health departments or clinicians, for any reason, including but not limited to public health monitoring, sentinel surveillance or screening of other individuals without symptoms according to state and local plans

The CDC suggests testing individuals without symptoms:

  • Persons with known or suspected exposure to COVID-19
  • All babies born to women with COVID-19 regardless of signs of infections
  • Persons without known or suspected exposure to COVID-19 in settings that house vulnerable populations in close quarters for extended periods of time and/or settings where critical infrastructure workers could be disproportionately affected

How can I access COVID-19 testing?

Patients who have concerns that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 or may have symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their health care provider to determine the need for a test. The test will likely consist of a nasal or pharyngeal swab that is then sent to a laboratory. Results may be available on site depending on the type of test. Please visit the COVID-19 testing site for more information.

I asked for a COVID-19 test but my doctor said I don't need one. What are my options?

Your doctor is in the best position to advise if testing is needed based on your symptoms. With tests in limited supply, providers are using a strict set of guidelines to determine when testing is appropriate.

If your symptoms change, contact your doctor again.

Why are you no longer offering testing at the large-scale rapid-result sites?

As we have greatly expanded our testing capacity through an efficient and accessible network of store-based drive-thru testing sites, we have ceased operations at our five large-scale rapid-result testing sites, effective Saturday, June 27.

CVS Health is currently operating more than 4,500 COVID-19 testing sites across the country at select CVS Pharmacy locations and is partnering with community organizations, long-term care facilities, employers and universities to expand testing for additional populations.

COVID-19 testing at CVS Pharmacy locations

How is CVS Health supporting testing efforts in local communities?

CVS Health is uniquely positioned to play a vital role in supporting local communities and the overall health care system in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. Our ability to coordinate the availability of COVID-19 testing bolsters states' efforts to manage the spread of the virus.

In March, CVS Health opened a pilot drive-thru COVID-19 test site in a parking lot at a CVS Pharmacy store in Shrewsbury, MA in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This pilot helped inform the company's ability to improve upon and maximize drive-thru testing for patients.

In April, CVS Health worked with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and state governments in Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan and Rhode Island to help increase access to rapid-result COVID-19 testing at large-scale sites in publicly accessible areas, which were available through June 30. Rapid-result testing sites in underserved communities are anticipated to be open for testing through through December 31.

Now CVS Health has expanded access to drive-thru COVID-19 testing and has established testing sites at more than than 4,500 locations across the country. Specimen samples from these drive-thru locations are sent to an independent, third-party lab. Results may take 2 to 5 days, or longer in some instances or in times of peak demand, and are viewable on the patient's MyChart account.* MyChart is a medical records software program that many health care professionals, including MinuteClinic providers, use. It is free for the patient.

The drive-thru testing patient will receive an email with a link to view test results through their secure MyChart account.

How many COVID-19 testing locations will open up and where are they?

CVS Health created more than 4,500 store locations across the United States offering COVID-19 testing.

Go to the COVID-19 testing page to see locations and details.

Why are you expanding further?

Our pharmacies and MinuteClinic clinics are uniquely positioned to help address the pandemic and protect people's health. Building on the company's comprehensive efforts to help slow the spread of the virus, we can bring safe and effective testing options closer to home and help increase access to testing options for even more individuals. This allows us to continue to help slow the spread of the virus.

Will no-cost COVID-19 testing be available at all CVS Pharmacy locations? How are you selecting the CVS Pharmacy locations?

Testing will not be available at all CVS Pharmacy locations. These COVID-19 tests will not take place inside any retail locations, and CVS Pharmacy, HealthHUB and MinuteClinic will continue to serve customers and patients

CVS Health currently has more than 4,500 testing locations across the country. Through this effort we are hoping to provide access in areas of the country that need additional testing and are selecting CVS Pharmacy locations with this criterion in mind.

How many COVID-19 tests will you be able to do per day at each site?

Based on the availability of supplies and lab capacity, each site can conduct between 20 and 50 tests per day.

How much does it cost to get a test? Is the test covered by insurance?

We accept insurance at the test sites. However, under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act approved by Congress, patients should not have any out-of-pocket costs with their insurance. Uninsured patients will be covered under a program funded by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Do people still need to make an appointment online to get a test?

Yes, patients need to make an appointment in advance online at CVS.com. Patients need to preregister, provide their insurance information as appropriate and verify their eligibility for testing. Once they have registered, the patient is provided with an appointment window for that same day or up to two days out.

Which criteria are you using to determine who can get a test?

COVID-19 testing will be available to eligible individuals meeting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria, in addition to age guidelines. A physician's referral is not required.

Is testing available for health care workers and first responders?

Yes, first responders and health care workers are able to sign up if they believe they have been exposed through their work, if they have no symptoms but have a physician's referral, or if they are symptomatic.

What is the process when people arrive at the store for testing?

Patients are required to stay in their cars throughout the process. When a patient arrives at the store they will see clear signage directing them toward the pharmacy drive-thru window.

Once the patient arrives at the drive-thru window, a CVS Pharmacy team member will verify their appointment and identity and provide them with a test kit and instructions on how to properly perform a self-swab. The patient will also receive a packet of information on next steps to follow when the test results are available to them in a few days. The CVS Pharmacy team member will observe the self-swab process to ensure it is done properly. Once the patient has completed the self-swab, the patient will deposit the sample in a specifically designated and secure container outside the store.

Patient samples are then sent off-site to independent, third-party labs that are responsible for processing and delivering the results, which we then communicate to patients and are viewable through MyChart (see next question for more MyChart information).*

In select locations where there is no CVS Pharmacy drive-thru window, individuals with appointments will be directed to a location in the parking lot. They will be met by a CVS Pharmacy team member who will provide instructions and next steps.

The overall testing process is supervised and managed by a local MinuteClinic provider.

What type of test is performed?

MinuteClinic uses two types of COVID-19 testing to check for active infection. Rapid-result testing locations perform antigen testing, which returns results the same day. Lab testing locations perform polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, which returns results within 3 to 4 days. If you are getting your testing for a specific purpose such as travel, please ensure you are selecting the proper test required by your airline, destination or other requiring organization. Certain travel destinations and airlines do not accept rapid-result testing.

We do not administer antibody tests, which indicate whether the patient has been infected in the past.

How and when will I get results?

Results for rapid testing are generally returned on the same day of specimen collection (rapid testing locations are limited). For samples sent to our lab partners, average turnaround time for receiving results is 3 to 4 days.

When results are ready, an email is sent to notify the patient to view results through the patient's secure MyChart account* MyChart is a medical records software program that many health care professionals, including MinuteClinic providers, use. It is free for the patient and accessible as a convenient smartphone app.

No-cost COVID-19 testing in your community

What is CVS Health doing to increase testing access for underserved communities?

More than half of CVS Health's testing sites are located in counties that serve moderate- to high-needs communities, as measured by the CDC's Social Vulnerability Index. The index tracks a variety of census variables, including poverty, lack of access to transportation, and crowded housing, that may weaken a community's ability to prepare for and recover from hazardous events like natural disasters and disease outbreaks.

Underserved and multicultural communities are being disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. To help address this issue, CVS Health has partnered with national organizations such as the National Medical Association; local community groups, including free and charitable clinics and community colleges; state governments; and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to expand community-based testing in underserved areas in more than 10 cities.

These community-based test sites are located at the facilities of our partner organizations, enabling us to tap into their networks to expand testing in areas of greatest need and reach people who may not otherwise have easy access to testing. These testing sites are designed to help reduce barriers that may limit access to testing for local residents. For example:

  • Appointments are made by phone, so lack of internet access is not a barrier.
  • Each site can accommodate walk-up testing, so access to a vehicle is not required.
  • Signage is offered in English and Spanish.
  • Testing is available to patients at no cost.

Learn more about no-cost COVID-19 testing in the community

Can you give us the operational details of these community testing sites?

We currently have community-based testing locations in select states and are exploring additional opportunities with our partners to expand this testing into more areas of need.

Visit our no-cost COVID-19 testing page for location details, contact numbers and hours of operation.

How does the testing process work at these community sites?

Our community-based sites offer rapid-result COVID-19 testing to eligible individuals who meet criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in addition to age guidelines. A doctor's referral is not required. Patients will need to call the location in advance in order to schedule a same-day time slot for testing.

A vehicle is not required because testing can be accommodated in person and results will be provided on the spot. When the patient arrives at the testing site for their appointment, the nurse will collect a sample of nasal secretions using a nasal swab. The patient will then be directed to a waiting area to await the test results.

Will you be using the Abbott test?

The sample will be processed using the Abbott ID NOW COVID-19 test, which will deliver positive results in as little as five minutes and negative results in as little as 13 minutes. Once the test result is available, a health care professional will locate the patient to give them the test results. This will enable patients to receive results on-site along with a treatment plan and direction on appropriate actions to take related to quarantine and exposure tracing.

How long will the process take per patient? How long will it take to get the results?

The process will take approximately 30 minutes from the collection of the swab to the delivery of the results.

Can anyone get a test?

To be eligible for testing, patients will need to meet criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in addition to age guidelines. Patients will need to preregister by calling the phone number for the specific site at which they wish to make an appointment.

Visit our no-cost COVID-19 testing page for location details, contact numbers and hours of operation.

How are patients notified if their appointments are canceled?

When an appointment is canceled because a site is closed unexpectedly, patients with scheduled appointments will receive a phone call to inform them about the cancelation and help them to reschedule.

Since you opened more than 4,500 testing sites at select CVS Pharmacy locations , why do you need these community sites?

CVS Health is uniquely positioned to play a vital role in helping support both local communities and the overall health care system in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Working with our community partners is an important part of our comprehensive strategy to increase access to COVID-19 testing. This joint effort allows us to tap into the network of a trusted organization with strong community ties to further expand testing in areas of greatest need.

All of our community-based testing sites can accommodate walk-up testing, so access to a vehicle is not required. Appointments are made by phone so patients also do not need internet access to schedule an appointment. Testing is available to patients at no cost.

Where can I get more information?

You can find more information on COVID-19 at these links:

*FOR FREE RX DELIVERY OFFER: Free 1 to 2 day Rx delivery applies to orders from March 9 to December 31, 2020. Delivery is available for eligible prescription drug orders with qualifying prescription benefit programs and insurance plans. Order cutoff times may vary by delivery option and pharmacy location. 1 to 2 day delivery only available on orders placed Monday through Thursday. Delivery may be subject to delays. Not all delivery options are available to every address or from all pharmacy locations (CVS Pharmacy®, CVS Pharmacy at Target, CarePlus CVS Pharmacy® and Navarro® locations). Delivery fees apply and may vary by delivery option and location. Delivery of select nonprescription items is available with prescription delivery at participating locations. Nonprescription items are not available for delivery from CVS Pharmacy at Target locations. Selection of nonprescription items available may vary for online and in-store orders. Nonprescription items are charged at online prices, which may vary from store prices. Coupons, ExtraBucks® Rewards or in-store promotions with delivery may not be used with delivery orders. Online promotions cannot be used nor ExtraBucks Rewards earned with orders called into stores. Advance payment by credit, debit or FSA/HSA card required. In most cases, FSA/HSA cards may not be used for delivery fees. Other restrictions apply. Get details

*FOR COVID-19 TESTING: Testing requires preregistration, is only available based on specified screening criteria, and is conducted by MinuteClinic. COVID-19 testing at select CVS Pharmacy® locations is no cost with most insurance plans or through a federal program for the uninsured. COVID-19 testing does not eliminate the risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 or coronavirus disease 2019. Available testing procedures may produce false negative or false positive results due to a variety of factors.

*FOR DRIVE-THRU TESTING RESULTS: Lab samples are sent to an off-site laboratory and results may take 2 to 5 days or even longer in some instances or in times of peak demand. Based on the offsite lab's volume your response time may vary

*FOR TELEHEALTH: Video Visit and E-Clinic Visits are available in select states. To receive these services, you will be connected to a trusted third-party provider.

*FOR FACE COVERINGS IN STORE: Children under 2 years of age and people with medical conditions or disabilities who may be adversely affected by a face covering do not need to wear one.

*FOR FLU SHOTS: CVS Health is the retail drug leader in flu and expanded immunization. For the 2020 to 2021 season, CVS Health is projected to administer twenty million flu shots.