COVID-19 Rapid PCR Test - In Pharmacy or Facility

Rapid PCR testing is performed while you wait at the pharmacy or testing facility. This test is not as accurate as of the self-administered RT-PCR test above but will get you results faster. This test is not approved for travel for most destinations. This test detects RNA (or genetic material) specific to the virus and can detect the virus within days of infection in those who are actively infected. This test is not approved for testing asymptomatic patients. There are several rapid PCR tests available including those manufactured by Abbot, Cepheid, Cue, Mesa Biotech, and BioFire. Our testing partners use one of these tests.

Get Your Rapid PCR Test $149
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How it Works

Register for an in pharmacy test by following the steps below.

Select which location you would like to get tested at and complete the online appointment registration and health intake form and pay for your test when you register.
You will receive an appointment QR code confirmation email. Please show your QR code at the test location as proof of registration and payment prior to arrival.
Follow the instructions at the testing site and get tested. The testing site will send your secure results to you online in your AZOVA app or the facility will print out your results for you.
When you get tested through AZOVA, we'll dynamically create COVID Credentials so you can securely share your results with your school, employer, restaurants and airlines or anyone you want. Please note: all COVID test results are required by law to be reported to your state and will be reported by the testing facility or by AZOVA on your behalf.
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Do you need a doctor’s visit? You can also get an online visit with a doctor on AZOVA.

If you are unsure if you need a COVID-19 test or need help with any other healthcare condition, you can get an online video, telephone, or secure messaging visit with a licensed healthcare provider for $59 or more. The AZOVA Digital Health Networks connects you with healthcare providers in all 50 states so you can access convenient healthcare anywhere, anytime.

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Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Symptoms of COVID-19 range from mild to very severe. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Dry Cough
  • Shortness of breath or diffculty breathing
  • Chills or repeated shakes with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell

More severe cases

The following symptoms are more common in severe cases of COVID-19:

  • Shortness of breath that leaves you unable to speak full sentences
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

Note: If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms or believe you are in an emergency, call 911 or visit your nearest emergency room.

What is a rapid PCR test?

A rapid PCR test can be done in a medical office or pharmacy using desktop machines that process the test without the need to send your test to a high complexity laboratory. The test will check for the presence of viral RNA in your saliva or nasal swab sample.

How long does it take to get results for a rapid PCR test?

You will usually get your results on the same day that you sample was collected. In some cases, you may get your results while you wait.

Is this test accurate?

Rapid PCR tests must meet specific requirements before they receive an FDA Emergency Use Authorization. Nonetheless, a rapid PCR test is not as accurate as a PCR test that is run in a high complexity laboratory on special machines. The rapid PCR tests are quite good at detecting infection with the SARS CoV-2 virus when you are symptomatic, but are not as good at detecting infection when you are asymptomatic. Given that 40 to 60% of positive COVID tests are found in asymptomatic individuals, this test is not recommended if you are asymptomatic.

Is there a reason to get a rapid PCR test over an antigen test or a RT-PCR test? Is one better than the other?

In general, an RT-PCR test that is run in a high complexity laboratory will be the most accurate. The next most accurate test is a rapid PCR test followed by a rapid antigen test. The benefit of a rapid PCR test is that you can get results often within 30 minutes rather than needing to wait to ship the test to a lab.

Which Rapid PCR tests are available through the AZOVA COVID testing network?

Rapid PCR tests include tests like the Abbot ID Now®, Cobas® SARS-CoV-2 & Influenza A/B Assay, the Cepheid XpertXpress® or the Accula SARS CoV-2 test®. Each of these tests have received an FDA Emergency Use Authorization. You will receive information about the specific test that is used for your test when you receive your test results.

Is the test covered by insurance?

COVID testing through AZOVA is a self-pay service or is offered as a benefit through your employer. AZOVA does not submit claims to any insurance company. We will provide you with a receipt in your email and in your AZOVA account that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. This is not a guarantee that your insurance will cover the cost of the test. Whether or not your insurance will cover the cost of the test is up to your insurance provider. You can use most HSA or FSA cards to purchase a COVID test, however reimbursement is up to your employer.

COVID Credentials

Upload lab results and your covid immunization records from any laboratory, and securely share them with anyone you like. Create your COVID Credentials in two minutes.

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At-home testing will be shipped next day with UPS. Shipping included.

When you purchase an at home test kit at a pharmacy, your kit includes next day air service back to the lab where available.

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