Take Care, Texas!

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Get a free COVID-19 test if you need one.

What you need to know

Why get tested?

Whether you’re vaccinated or not, getting tested can help protect your friends, family, and community, including:

  • Unvaccinated adults with high-risk conditions like obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, lung disease
  • Kids who have not been vaccinated
  • Adults who are allergic to vaccine ingredients

As newer, more contagious variants of the virus show up, testing is even more important to stop the spread of COVID-19. Early care and treatment keeps everyone safer.

What to expect

  • Tests are free with no ID required at all Take Care, Texas sites*
  • Easy 20-second nose swab = no pain.
  • Accurate results in about 48 hours.

*Tests from other providers may not be free.

When to get tested
Whether you are fully vaccinated or not

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If you feel sick or have COVID-19 symptoms

COVID-19 symptoms


If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19

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After spending time in a large crowd or enclosed space without a mask

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If your school, workplace, healthcare provider, or local government requests it

You are fully vaccinated 2 weeks after:

  • a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine
  • your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine

Otherwise, you are NOT fully vaccinated.

Where to get a free test

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Test America Now

  • 350 Uvalde Rd, Houston, TX 77015
  • (800) 409-7894
  • Free Rapid & PCR Testing
  • Monday-Thursday 9am-8PM

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CVS Pharmacy

  • 15411 Wallisville Rd, Houston, TX 77049
  • (281) 459-2740
  • Tests available by appointment only

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  • 388 Uvalde Rd, Houston, TX 77015
  • (713) 455-9944
  • Tests available by appointment only

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  • 15111 Wallisville Rd, Houston, TX 77049
  • (281) 458-6342
  • Tests available by appointment only.

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CVS Pharmacy

  • 12381 W Bellfort St, Meadows Place, TX 77477
  • (281) 776-3070
  • Tests available by appointment only

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Wilcrest Community Center

  • 11226 S. Wilcrest Dr, Houston, TX 77099
  • (281) 977-7462 
  • Tests available by appointment only

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Curative - Keegan’s Meadow Shopping Center

  • 11753 West Bellfort Ave., Stafford, TX 77477
  • (888) 702-9042
  • Tests available by appointment only

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  • 9150 S Dairy Ashford Rd, Houston, TX 77099
  • (281) 498-3734
  • Drive-Thru testing
  • Tests available by appointment only

COVID-19 Saliva Testing

Take Care, Texas offers FREE and easy COVID-19 saliva testing to adults at our East Texas events. Check out our video to learn more:

Coronavirus Self-Checker

A quick and easy way to see if you need a test and/or medical care

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Take Care, Texas is a two-year program led by UTHealth School of Public Health and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler working to increase COVID-19 testing in our communities and help stop the spread of infection.

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