Building on the company’s efforts to help slow the spread of the virus, CVS Health expanded its COVID-19 testing program by adding nine additional test sites at select CVS Pharmacy drive-thru locations across Arizona.
The opening of the test sites on Friday, May 29 will add to the 26 locations previously opened in Arizona.
Patients must register in advance at CVS.com beginning Friday, May 29 to schedule an appointment.
The new locations include:
These new sites will use self-swab tests and deliver on the company’s commitment to establish 1,000 locations across the country by the end of May, as originally announced on April 27. These new test sites will help enable the company’s goal of processing up to 1.5 million tests per month, subject to availability of supplies and lab capacity.
More than half of the company’s 1,000 test sites will serve communities with the greatest need for support, 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.
Self-swab tests will be available to individuals meeting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria, in addition to state and age guidelines.
Patients will be required to stay in their cars and will be directed to the pharmacy drive-thru window, where they will be provided with a test kit and given instructions, and a CVS Pharmacy team member will observe the self-swab process to ensure it is done properly. Tests will be sent to an independent, third-party lab for processing and the results will be available in approximately three days.
Testing will not take place inside any retail locations, and CVS Pharmacy, HealthHUB and MinuteClinic will continue to serve customers and patients.
A complete list of CVS Pharmacy drive-thru test sites can be found here.