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COVID-19 testing

The City of Boston partners with community health centers, hospitals, and pharmacies to increase access to COVID-19 testing for Boston residents.

The Boston Public Health Commission encourages residents to help stop the spread of COVID-19, and keep one another safe by getting tested for COVID-19.  

iHealth at home Covid test

Update: On March 29, 2022, the FDA granted a three-month shelf life extension for the iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test. This extends the shelf-life of all iHealth tests with expiration dates on or before 2022-09-29 (YYYY-MM-DD) from six months to nine months.

Getting tested

You should get tested if you: 
  • are experiencing COVID-like symptoms,
  • have been in contact with someone who is infected with COVID-19,
  • are planning to attend a large gathering,
  • are spending time with others who are at high risk for sever COVID-19,
  • or have traveled or been in large gatherings.

Get tested as soon as possible after your symptoms start.

While waiting for test results, wear a mask and stay away from others, including staying apart from those living in your household.

BPHC testing centers

BPHC hosts free walk-in testing sites that are open to all. Testing is available regardless of insurance or immigration status, and will not affect "public charge" rule determinations. There are also several other testing sites across the city. If you need a COVID-19 test check out the City's testing sites.

Other testing centers have varying policies regarding the availability of asymptomatic testing and insurance coverage. Please call ahead. The multilingual Mayor's Health Line (617-534-5050) can help with health insurance applications and navigating the health care system, and answer your COVID-19 questions.

You can also use an at-home test. Check out BPHC's home testing guidance.

List of testing sites

Testing sites

Please note: Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, sites may be closed or have alternate hours from Wednesday, November 23, through Sunday, November 27. Call the testing site directly to confirm hours.

The hours, times, and processes vary by site. Some sites require you to call ahead for pre-screening and to schedule an appointment. You should contact your health insurance provider with insurance coverage questions, and to determine any potential uncovered costs.

TESTING FACILITY ADDRESS CONTACT and testing info Hours

Effective 9/9 CLOSED until further notice

Anna M. Cole

Mildred Hailey Apartments
24 Heath Street,
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Walk-ins welcome! No registration required.

Free parking is located at Roxbury Community College in Lot P2 New Health Street entrance.

Monday - Thursday, from 12 - 7 p.m.

Sunday, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Bowdoin Street Health Center 230 Bowdoin Street,
Dorchester, MA 02122

617-754-0100

  • Drive thru service
  • Parking lot
  • Appointments preferred but walk-ins welcomed

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Wednesday and Friday, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Bruce Bolling Building - Ground Level 2302 Washington Street,
Roxbury, MA 02119

Located on the ground level, walk-ins only

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 12 - 8 p.m.

DotHouse Health 1353 Dorchester Avenue,
Dorchester, MA 02122

No appointment needed. Testing is free for patients.

Patients should bring their insurance card and ID, if available but not required. A PCR test is administered.

Monday, through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Florentino Community Center

Josephine A Fiorentino Comm Center
123 Antwerp Street,
Brighton, MA 02135

Please note hour changes for the following dates:
11/10, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
11/24, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Walk-ins welcome! No registration required.

Hours reflect October Schedule

November Hours:

Sundays, from 12 - 4 p.m.

Monday - Wednesday, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Thursdays, from 5 - 9 p.m.

Closed: November 15 and 24

Harvard Street at Prince Hall Grand Lodge 24 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA 02121

Walk-ins welcome!

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursday, Fridays, and Saturday, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Tuesdays, from 3 - 5 p.m.

Tufts Medical Center

276 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

617-636-5000

Walk-ins accepted. Pre-registration recommended through the Tufts online form.
 
Please check with your insurance carrier to confirm coverage. Asymptomatic individuals will be charged an out-of-pocket cost of $135.

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The state also put together a map of testing locations outside of the City of Boston.

Please note: Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, sites may be closed or have alternate hours from Wednesday, November 23, through Sunday, November 27. Call the testing site directly to confirm hours.

The hours, times, and processes vary by site. Some sites require you to call ahead for pre-screening and to schedule an appointment. You should contact your health insurance provider with insurance coverage questions, and to determine any potential uncovered costs.

TESTING FACILITY ADDRESS CONTACT and testing info Hours
Brigham and Women's Hospital
(Boston main campus)
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115
617-732-5500 By appointment in office
Charles River Community Health 495 Western Avenue
Boston, MA 02135
Call 617-870-7299 to make an appointment

Testing Tuesdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Codman Square Health Center

637 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02124

To make an appointment for a test, you can call 617-822-8271.

Walk-ins are held on a first come first serve basis.

 

Monday - Friday, from 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

CVS

1266 Commonwealth Avenue
Allston, MA 02134

3 Post Office Square,
Boston, MA 02109

Schedule an appointment online.

Varies

CVS Pharmacy drive-thru

207 Market Street, Brighton, MA 02135

181 Brighton Avenue, Allston, MA 02134

1921 Centre Street West Roxbury, MA 02132

4600 Washington Street, Roslindale, MA 02131

1150 Saratoga Street, East Boston, MA 02128

703 Gallivan Boulevard, Dorchester, MA 02124

To get tested, register in advance online with CVS.

Varies
Daniel Driscoll Neponset Health Center (Harbor Health) 398 Neponset Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02122

617-282-3200

This location only serves current patients.

By appointment only

Dimock Center 45 Dimock Street
Roxbury, MA 02119

617-442-8800 (Ext. 2683)

Available to everyone by appointment only. You must pre-register by calling 617-754-8240.

Richards Building front circle.

Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

East Boston Neighborhood Health Center 79 Paris Street, East Boston, MA 02128

Testing for symptomatic and asymptomatic patients.

Appointments only, make an appointment by calling 617-569-5800 before arriving on site. This helps reduce traffic and crowding.

Walk-up testing: Monday - Friday, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 - 3p.m.

Greater Roslindale Medical and Dental Center 9 Taft Hill Terrace, Roslindale, MA 02131

Testing available by appointment only. To make an appointment call 617-323-4440

Testing is available at no cost and regardless of symptoms.

Drive thru available in municipal parking lot.

Monday Tuesday and Thursday, 1:30 - 3 p.m.

Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center at Veteran's Center 895 Blue Hill Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02124

This location is subject to changes due to staffing availability, please call to confirm your appointment. 

To schedule an appointment call 617-245-8206

Tuesday and Wednesday, 4 - 7 p.m.

Massachusetts General Hospital 55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114
617-726-2000 By appointment in office
Mattapan Community Health Center 1575 Blue Hill Avenue
Mattapan, MA 02126

617-296-0061

Open to all, and new patients must be registered in Epic.

Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. and 3 - 4 p.m.

NEW Health Charlestown 15 Tufts Street
Charlestown, MA 02129

Appointment only, call 857-238-1100.

Testing individuals with symptoms or COVID exposures.

Monday through Wednesday, 2 - 3 p.m. 

NEW Health Waterfront North End 332 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113

Appointments only. Call 617-643-8000.

Testing individuals with symptoms or COVID exposures.

Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 - 10 a.m.

Revere drive-through express COVID-19 testing

Across the street from the Shops at Suffolk Downs on Tomasello Way, 31 Furlong Drive, Revere, MA 02151

Call 617-741-7310 or visit the state's website for more information.  
South Boston Community Health Center 409 West Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127

As of January 4, We are no longer providing PCR testing for COVID-19.

Instead, we are booking appointments for you to pick up one antigen test kit to bring home, each kit contains 2 rapid tests.

Call 617-269-7500.

Varies

Upham's Corner Health Center 415 Columbia Road
Dorchester, MA 02125

617-388-5007

COVID-19 testing now takes place by appointment and for current patients only. Testing is located in the outdoor parking lot testing tent.

Monday Wednesday, Thursday, 9 - 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, 1 - 4 p.m.

Friday, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Whittier Street Health Center 1290 Tremont Street
Roxbury, MA 02120

Call 617-989-3071 to make an appointment. 

Take-home tests only offered to those who are symptomatic. No longer offering PCR testing

Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The state also put together a map of testing locations outside of the City of Boston.

At-home test kits

At-home rapid tests are an important strategy to protect your friends and family from exposure. Help us stop the spread of COVID-19 in Boston.

The federal government is again offering free at home COVID-19 tests. Visit the website or call 1-800-232-0233.

Find kits in the community

At-home tests are now widely available for sale at retail stores. Your insurance plan may cover the cost of at-home tests. 

Test kits are not currently available at pickup sites in the community, though some community partners are still distributing test kits to priority populations. We will provide more information as tests become available.

If you test positive, call your healthcare provider immediately to see if you are eligible for COVID-19 treatment. Follow their instructions, and keep them informed of your symptoms. If you have questions, please contact the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050.

At-home test kit information

If You Test Positive for COVID-19

If you test positive for COVID-19, call your health care provider right away and begin isolating from others. Contacting a health care provider is important because there are now treatments available for COVID-19.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you must isolate for a minimum of five days, regardless of vaccination status. However, there are individuals who may remain infectious after that isolation period. Check out BPHC's Isolation Guidance for more info. 

Contact your healthcare provider immediately, even if your symptoms are mild - you may be eligible for COVID-19 treatment. Don't delay treatment must start early to be effective. Some treatments must begin within five days of your first symptom. 

Check out BPHC's guidance on what to do if you test positive, depending on your unique situation.

 Early treatments that prevent severe illness and hospitalization are available. Options include: 

COVID-19 Symptoms

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and may include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of sense of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Skin rashes 

In elderly, chronically ill, or debilitated individuals such as residents of a long-term care facility, symptoms of COVID-19 may be subtle such as alterations in mental status or in blood glucose control.

If you have emergency warning signs, call 911.

Emergency warning signs include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pain or pressure in chest
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds
  • Confused or finding it hard to wake or stay awake
  • Other serious symptoms
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