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Where can I get a drive-thru coronavirus (COVID-19) test?

Written and medically reviewed by Dorcas Morak, Pharm.D

Updated on November 29th, 2022

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Drive-thru coronavirus testing sites are an effective way to get tested for the virus, whether you're traveling, feeling its symptoms, or have been recently exposed. Most sites offer two kinds of tests: rapid result PCR tests and PCR/ NAAT lab tests. Drive-thru testing grants access to faster tests while keeping healthcare personnel safe by minimizing contact with people who may have the virus.

Read on to find out where you can find drive-thru coronavirus testing sites and what you need to get tested.

Where can I find a drive-thru test?

There are various drive-thru testing sites across the country, but not all places may offer you a test. Some are private healthcare facilities or are only open to medical workers and high-risk individuals. Be sure to check ahead before you go to the center.

You can find drive-thru COVID-19 tests at:

Select retail pharmacies

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has partnered with pharmacies to offer more convenient testing to its citizens. These companies coordinate with local and state governments to provide tests to more Americans in their communities and to reduce the strain on healthcare centers.

You can get your tests at:

Community health centers

Health centers have been instrumental in COVID-19 screening, testing, and patient care. Some local centers offer drive-thru coronavirus testing for individuals eligible for testing. The HHS lists available testing sites that you can search here.

You would need to call ahead to find out whether drive-thru testing is available.

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What do I need for drive-thru coronavirus testing?

Most places require you to have an appointment. A doctor's referral or a note from the local health department may also be needed before you can be tested. Contact your healthcare provider or state or local health department, who will direct you to a site if you need a test. You'd also need to bring a valid photo ID.

How to prepare for a drive-thru coronavirus test

Instructions will vary depending on your chosen drive-thru site. Guidelines may include:

  • Avoide fever-inducing medication
  • What to eat, not to eat, and when you can eat before the test
  • The number of people you can bring with you

Confirm all instructions with the testing center before you drive to the site, and bring a pen to fill out all the required forms.

At your test location, remain in your car with your windows up unless you're told otherwise. If you take the samples from the car, take note of the instructions to follow in administering the test. If you are in a high-demand area, be prepared to wait for a while and plan your bathroom breaks.

Ease your costs with RxLess

If you find out you're positive, RxLess can help you save on your COVID-19 medications. The RxLess discount card is valid both in major pharmacies like Walgreens, Rite Aid, and CVS and in a host of local pharmacies as well. No registration or personal information is required to start saving money on your prescriptions.

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