VDH has partnered with Walgreens Pharmacy to offer free COVID-19 antigen tests (using Abbott BinaxNOW tests) at many stores across the state. Stores participating in the program are listed below. Walgreens staff will watch patients collect the nasal swab for the COVID-19 test. Walgreens staff will then run the test and provide results within 24 hours. Tests are for adults and children aged 3 and older. VDH suggests using these tests for those who:
- have COVID-19 symptoms,
- have been in close contact with someone known or suspected to have COVID-19,
- those at high risk of illness, and
- frontline staff, such as those who work in schools, childcare, and healthcare.
If you feel sick and think you may have COVID-19, getting an antigen (or PCR) test is important to see if you have the illness so you can take action quickly (such as isolating yourself from family members, if needed).
Who should get tested? People with symptoms or signs of COVID-19 regardless of vaccination status. Most people who have had close contact with someone known or suspected to have COVID-19 including: Fully vaccinated people [en Español] people should be tested 3-5 days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, even if you don’t have symptoms. People who are not fully vaccinated should be tested immediately after an exposure and again at 5-7 days following exposure if the first test is negative. People who tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered, do not need to get tested after exposure as long as they do not have symptoms.
Appointments are scheduled through the Walgreens website. Enter your zip code and select “Rapid Antigen Test ” to locate tests that are covered as part of this partnership. The form to schedule an appointment may ask about your symptoms and health insurance information. Note that health insurance is not required to schedule an appointment, and patients do not need to pay for testing.
Walgreens Partnerships Locations