COVID-19 Testing

New COVID-19 Testing Opportunities in Somerville

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PCR testing is available for people with COVID-19 symptoms or who have been exposed to COVID-19. Testing is free, regardless of health insurance or immigration status. For information in Spanish, Portuguese, or Haitian Creole, click the links above. A downloadable multilingual flyer is available here.

Igreja Internacional da Graça de Deus (ICGG church). Enter from the rear parking lot at 72 Franklin Street (across from Glen Park). Note: it's Franklin Street NOT Franklin Avenue. The church faces Washington St. but the entrance for testing is around the corner on Franklin Street about two blocks from their 85 Washington Street address.

  • No appointment required.
  • Open to Somerville residents and workers with COVID symptoms or known COVID exposure. 
  • First hour of the day is reserved for Senior+ Hour for seniors age 65 and older, persons with disabilities, and vulnerable persons facing barriers to access.
  • Friday 1/28
    •  1 to 2 p.m.: Senior+ Hour
    • 2 to 7 p.m.: All
  • CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW: Saturday 1/29
  • Thursday 2/3
    • 1 to 2 p.m.: Senior+ Hour
    • 2 to 7 p.m.: All
  • Friday 2/4
    • 1 to 2 p.m.: Senior+ Hour
    • 2 to 7 p.m.: All
  • Saturday 2/5
    • 10 to 11 a.m.: Senior+ Hour
    • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: All
  • Any additional hours after 2/5 will be posted to somervillema.gov/covidtesting or available via 311.

 

Where to Get At-Home Tests


You can get tested for COVID-19 from the comfort of your home. Both molecular (such as PCR) and antigen at-home tests are available.

Purchase an at-home test kit:

  • Self-tests can be purchased online or in pharmacies and retail stores. Look for a version that is currently approved by the FDA:
  • Starting January 15, if you have health insurance, your provider is required to cover the costs of eight at-home antigen tests per person each month, at up to $12 per test. Find out from your insurance company if it will offer direct coverage or whether you will need to submit a claim for reimbursement. Learn more from these FAQs.   

Request an at-home test kit:

  • Rapid Antigen COVID-19 Tests from the federal government: Each household can request four free at-home tests at covidtests.gov. Tests are expected to ship within 7-12 days of ordering. Tests can also be requested over the phone by calling 800-232-0233 or TTY 888-720-7489.
  • PCR COVID-19 Tests provided by the State: Eligible people in Massachusetts can also have an at-home PCR test sent to them for free. These tests are available to people who have symptoms of COVID-19, have been exposed to COVID-19, have been advised to get tested by a health professional, or who live or work in a congregate setting. Request a free, at-home PCR test here. If you need assistance requesting a kit, please contact 3-1-1 (617-666-3311).
  • Rapid Antigen COVID-19 Tests through the City: The City of Somerville received 16,650 free at-home rapid COVID-19 test kits from the state that are were distributed via various channels to Somerville residents who have limited access to testing, limited means to purchase at-home tests, and are at high risk of exposure. For more information about the previous distribution of kits, please visit here.

Where to Get In-Person Testing


Igreja Internacional da Graça de Deus (ICGG church)

Enter from the rear parking lot at 72 Franklin Street (across from Glen Park). Note: it's Franklin Street NOT Franklin Avenue. The church faces Washington St. but the entrance for testing is around the corner on Franklin Street about two blocks from their 85 Washington Street address.

  • No appointment required.
  • Open to Somerville residents and workers with COVID symptoms or known COVID exposure. 
  • First hour of the day is reserved for Senior+ Hour for seniors age 65 and older, persons with disabilities, and vulnerable persons facing barriers to access.
  • Friday 1/28
    •  1 to 2 p.m.: Senior+ Hour
    • 2 to 7 p.m.: All
  • CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW: Saturday 1/29
  • Thursday 2/3
    • 1 to 2 p.m.: Senior+ Hour
    • 2 to 7 p.m.: All
  • Friday 2/4
    • 1 to 2 p.m.: Senior+ Hour
    • 2 to 7 p.m.: All
  • Saturday 2/5
    • 10 to 11 a.m.: Senior+ Hour
    • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: All
  • Any additional hours after 2/5 will be posted to somervillema.gov/covidtesting or available via 311.

Somerville City Hall Annex, 50 Evergreen Ave.

During the current Omicron surge, HHS has increased the number of appointments available, but we will be unable to accommodate walk-ins due to lab capacity.

  • PCR testing is available for Somerville residents who are symptomatic or have a known exposure to COVID-19, regardless of insurance or immigration status. 
  • Free for Somerville residents, regardless of health insurance or immigration status.
  • Residents seeking a test for travel or reasons other than suspected infection or known exposure should visit an alternative location.
  • Testing is available by appointment only on Tuesday, 2-4 p.m., and Thursdays 4-6 p.m. Make an appointment here or call 311 (617-666-3311) for assistance in any language.
  • Appointment scheduling closes 2 hours prior to the start of the clinic.
  • Test results are provided via e-mail within 24 to 48 hours.

Nearby “Stop the Spread” Sites


Please contact a site before visiting in case operations have changed.

Beth Israel Deaconess Healthcare, 1000 Broadway, Chelsea

  • Free for all Massachusetts residents, regardless of insurance or immigration status.
  • Walk-ins welcome. 
  • Mon-Fri 9:00 am – 1:30 pm & 2:15 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Transformative Healthcare - St. Rose School, 580 Broadway, Chelsea

  • Free for all Massachusetts residents, regardless of insurance or immigration status. 
  • Walk-ins welcome.
  • Mon-Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, 79 Paris St, Boston

  • Free for all people, regardless of insurance or immigration status. 
  • Make an appointment by calling 617-568-4500 or online
  • This site is accessible via the Maverick MBTA on the Blue Line 
  • Monday - Friday 1 pm - 4:30 pm

Other COVID-19 Testing Sites 


Search for COVID-19 testing locations by zip code at mass.gov/GetTested. Note that not all sites listed are free.


How Do COVID-19 Tests Work?


Two types of tests can detect if you have an active Covid-19 infection:

  • Molecular tests (such as PCR tests) detect the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes it can take longer to get your results with a molecular/PCR test than with antigen tests because samples must be sent to a lab.
  • Antigen tests detect specific proteins made by the virus. These tests can usually deliver results in 15 to 30 minutes.

Other tests can detect if you have had COVID-19 in the past:

  • Antibody or serology tests detect whether you previously had COVID-19 at some point in the past.
  • They do not detect whether you have an active COVID-19 infection.

For more information about the different types of test and how they work, see these resources: