DEERFIELD, Ill. – As of May 1, Walgreens will significantly increase its COVID-19 testing capacity. The pharmacy retailer will go from more than 5,000 of its locations nationwide offering drive-thru diagnostic tests to 6,000 test locations, with more than half in socially vulnerable areas.
Since Jan. 1, Walgreens has added more than 4,200 additional COVID-19 testing sites. The tests are available at no cost, and consumers should visit www.walgreens.com/covid19testing for locations and to schedule appointments.
“This latest expansion of diagnostic testing will enhance access to one of the most valuable tools in the fight against COVID-19,” said John Standley, president, Walgreens. “With this latest move, Walgreens is furthering its commitment to help communities we serve across the country overcome the pandemic.”
Since Walgreens began COVID-19 testing last April, the company has administered more than 7 million diagnostic tests. With the expansion to 6,000 locations, Walgreens can administer approximately 3 million tests a month, more than tripling its testing capacity since last year. Thousands of Walgreens testing locations offer rapid diagnostic tests where results are received the same day.
In addition to drive-thru services, the pharmacy retailer offers at-home testing options. Through Walgreens Find Care®, customers may purchase a COVID-19 test and have it sent to them. Diagnostic tests are also available for purchase over the counter at Walgreens stores nationwide and online at Walgreens.com.