Walgreens to boost COVID-19 testing locations to 6,000 by May 1

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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.

John Standley

John Standley

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 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


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