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520 Montgomery Hwy, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216520 Montgomery Hwy
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4.77(2.7k reviews)
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520 Montgomery Hwy, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216520 Montgomery Hwy
OpenSat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Mon12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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4.8(3.1k reviews)
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500 Cahaba Park Cir, Birmingham, AL 35242500 Cahaba Park Cir
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It was great! we were in and out under a hour. we will definitely be back 😊
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4.69(698 reviews)
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500 Cahaba Park Cir, Birmingham, AL 35242500 Cahaba Park Cir
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I liked the dr! She was thorough as could be with telemedicine. Accurate questions and made sure we knew what to do!

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117 N Chalkville Rd, Trussville, AL 35173117 N Chalkville Rd
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Very professional and knowledgeable. They’re really good with kids.
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4.39(407 reviews)
515 Bridgeport Ave, Birmingham, AL 35209515 Bridgeport Ave
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After receiving my results, I called Priority Lab Testing and discussed the results with a consultation. This consultation filled in my knowledge gaps and made me more aware of my particular situation.

4.58(589 reviews)
83B Stony Hill Rd, Suite 110, Birmingham, AL 3521183B Stony Hill Rd, Suite 110
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Excellent customer service. Knowledgeably answered all questions. Appointment and billing were fast. Testing next day was on time and professional. Results available within 24 hours. Highly recommend.

4.33(505 reviews)
720--730 E Johnson Highway, Birmingham, AL 35242720--730 E Johnson Highway
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Excellent customer service. Knowledgeably answered all questions. Appointment and billing were fast. Testing next day was on time and professional. Results available within 24 hours. Highly recommend.

4.47(416 reviews)
7191 Cahaba Valley Rd, Meadowbrook, AL 352427191 Cahaba Valley Rd
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4.76(421 reviews)
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1001 Brocks Gap Pkwy, Hoover, AL 352441001 Brocks Gap Pkwy
OpenSat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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It was our first time there. Everybody was very nice and polite. We were in and out quickly.
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4.23(447 reviews)
10043 University Blvd, Alabaster, AL 3500710043 University Blvd
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Great discreet service, scheduled my visit and paid for for the test online not in Showed up at lab, checked in and was seen within minutes. Blood and urine were collected, test results came back quickly within 2 days because I did my test on a Friday. Quick, easy and cheap. Didn't have to wait for a visit to my PCP, and then get referral to lab.

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125 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233125 20th St S
OpenSat 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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I had a wonderful experience, the staff was very courteous and efficient. The two receptionist set the tone for a very pleasant visit. The wait time wasn’t very long, I was in seen and out the before I knew it. I will definitely be using them again. I highly recommend UAB Medicine Urgent Care

1720 2nd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 352941720 2nd Ave S
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2217 6th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 352332217 6th Ave S
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2415 7th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 352332415 7th Ave S
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3221 3rd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 352223221 3rd Ave S
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3201 4th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 352223201 4th Ave S
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Latest COVID-19 Testing Updates

Oct 31, 2022
A surge in respiratory syncytial virus is putting severe strain on children's hospitals nationwide. Hospitals first began seeing the unseasonable RSV rise in August. Now, many are reporting a case increase of over 300 percent compared to last month. (Becker's)
Oct 28, 2022
With the BQ.1.1 variant on the rise in Europe, experts express concern of a rise in COVID cases this winter; encourage everyone to max out their boosters and vaccinate their children (Houston Chronicle)

COVID-19 Testing FAQs

  • How much does COVID testing cost?

    COVID testing can be free in many circumstances. As part of their response to the epidemic, many Alabama health departments continue to provide free testing to community citizens. In some situations, commercially insured patients, as well as those on Medicare or Medicaid, may be able to get testing for free or for a small office visit fee. COVID tests can cost anything from $50 to $150 each test for cash-paying individuals or those who require speedy answers in under an hour. It's best to call your doctor before getting tested so you can get a better idea of how much the test will cost.

  • Where can I get free COVID testing?

    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which covers testing for people without health insurance, makes COVID testing free nationwide. Check with your local Alabama health department for details since they are usually an excellent source of free COVID tests, or can at least lead you in the proper way. You can also ask your health care practitioner for a recommendation for a free COVID test location.

  • Where can I get COVID testing in Alabama?

    COVID testing is available at many outlets near Alabama including urgent care centers, retail clinics, primary care offices, health departments, and more. Different venues will have different types of tests available, many at different price points. Some testing sites are allowing walk-in patients, however, many are still requiring some degree of advance booking to control patient volume.

  • Where can I get a rapid COVID test in Alabama?

    Rapid testing—both PCR (molecular) and antigen tests—is offered through many Alabama-area urgent care centers and physician offices, usually at an additional cost ranging from $50 up to $150 per test. Usually this will allow you to get results back in under an hour, and require advanced booking through the provider. However, if you can wait 24 hours for your results, many labs are turning around send-out lab tests in that time frame, which could save you some money.

  • How to make an appointment for COVID testing in Alabama?

    Same-day and next day appointments for COVID testing in Alabama are bookable directly through Solv. Simply browse the list of healthcare providers conducting COVID tests above, find one with a “Book Online” button, and book a time that aligns with your schedule stating “COVID-19 Test” as your reason for visit.

  • Can I get tested for antibodies if I am sick with COVID-19?

    An antibody test for COVID-19 might inform you if you previously had a coronavirus infection. Because it can take between 1–3 weeks after an infection for your body to develop these antibodies, an antibody test during an active infection would not be successful. To see if you are currently infected, you need a viral test.

  • Do I need a COVID test if I have been vaccinated?

    Even if you have been fully vaccinated, scientists feel you should be checked if you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, especially if you are suffering cold or flu symptoms that are usually associated with the coronavirus.

  • How long does COVID testing take?

    A COVID test is quick. A nasal swab is used for the majority of tests, and it takes less than a minute to swab both nostrils. This means you might be in and out of the testing center in as little as 10-15 minutes, depending on where you obtain your COVID test. Testing sites may be busier than usual during popular seasons, especially around holidays, and wait times may be higher.

  • How long does it take to get COVID test results?

    Most labs are sending out COVID test results via molecular (PCR) within 24-48 hours of the test. Some sites take longer, so call and ask if the reason for the test is proof for travel. Rapid tests are processed on-site and can provide findings in less than an hour, sometimes as quickly as 15 minutes.

  • Do COVID tests detect the Delta variant and Omicron variant?

    Regular COVID tests are able to detect both the Delta variant and Omicron variant in that they can determine whether or not you have the coronavirus. However, they can't tell which variation is involved. That would necessitate genomic sequencing, which is a different process from regular virus testing that not all labs can undertake. Sequencing is uncommon and can cost up to $100 per test. Since the treatment is the same for any variant, it is not clinically useful to an individual patient to know whether the infection was caused by a variant or not.

Recent COVID-19 Testing Reviews (20)

Scheduled an appointment for 8:40am and it told me to arrive at 8:25am and check in so I did. I went inside and informed them I was there and they didn’t take me back until around 9:15am and other walk-ins were taken back before me so I was a little frustrated with that but the staffs friendliness made up for the long wait time. I was scared to get a Covid test because I still thought they went up into your brain with it and Heather was super nice and informed me that all they had to do was go in my nostrils and my anxiety went way down. She was kind and courteous and very efficient so I was stoked about that. Definitely the nicest nurse I’ve ever had. Dr Jill Howard was incredible and just as efficient and kind. Any other issues I have I will definitely be going to those guys! The fact that you can schedule an appointment via an app and then check in that way is another huge bonus and another reason why I would choose them over other businesses.

- Verified patient on 7/30

I arrived at about 3:35 for a 3:50 COVID test. At about 5:15 or 5:20 a staff member approached my car to start the process. I had to fill out a paper in addition to all the info I had entered online. I was tested about 5:40 and told that I would get a phone call with all my test results in the morning, but the Rapid test results would be available on my patient portal in about 15 minutes. I went to the web site and could not find any information about a patient portal. Frustrated, I started reading emails and found one giving info about accessing the patient portal. When I was able to access it, No Results were available. At about 9:25 I received a text stating that my test results were available. The staff was professional and courteous throughout.

- Verified patient on 11/14

Hannah, CRNP was great and the MA was very nice also. The front desk clerk (Jasmine?) could use some communication skills. Walked in at 5:15pm, four people waiting in front of me. I was told that I couldn’t get a covid test because it was too late (almost insinuated that I leave) … wasn’t there for a covid test, just wanted to be seen. They closed at 8pm. At least two people were turned down to be seen after me… not sure why if they didn’t close until 8. As an affiliate employee of HH, I was confused by what was going on and why people were being turned away at such an early time. Maybe there was more behind the scenes that I didn’t see, I sure hope so.

- Verified patient on 11/10

We ( my daughter, husband, and I) had an appointment scheduled. We came 15 minutes early like we were told. We were told since they only had1 room for COVID testing, we’d have to wait 45 minutes to an hour to be tested. We were asymptomatic. Just wanted to know if we possibly had it before we visited our elderly relatives. We ended up waiting over 2 hours! I believe they forgot we were in our car waiting!! All the previous patients sitting in lobby were gone. We were parked in front of the door. I had been an employee with Huntsville Hospital for years and trusted their care. This was unacceptable. If the appointment time has to be made, the wait should not be 2 hours. Ridiculous

- Verified patient on 7/2

After reading a few reviews online, I was a little nervous but everyone was incredibly friendly and easy to work with! I know for a fact this is a very busy time for them (literally the highest COVID numbers ever) and I was blown away by how nice everyone was. I am an adult that just needed a Covid test and from my phone call to ask how to do it, to the front desk staff, to the staff in the back, they were all amazing. The nurse that did my swab noticed my nose was bleeding (of no fault of hers! It was the cold dry weather) and she was so sweet to make sure I was ok.

- Verified patient on 1/5

Check in staff and my nurse was great that Dr I had today was less than kind and needs to work on her attitude and the way she comes across I understand during these times the Heath care staff deals with a lot but if the people checking you in and the nurses who are doing ALL the grunt work like getting the Covid test blood work etc and they can still be kind and have a good attitude so can the Dr who just has to come in and say self isolate until we get your results. I felt like I was a burden to the Dr vs a patient.

- Verified patient on 1/12

This was my first time visiting Urgent Care and I must say the staff was wonderful. My son was a walk-in but was called in within less than an hour. I had to get him a COVID test because of exposure at school but thank God everything was fine. I can’t remember her name but the technician whom administered the test was so nice to listen to my concerns and vent about school opening. Ms. Chinule Efuribe was wonderful also. Thank you Urgent Care for your kindness and patience

- Verified patient on 9/5

Had Covid test at 2pm. Waited on call from dr. With results...no call. I called facility and was on hold until call was disconnected...texted back to the message that texted me about which testing cone to pull up to...no response...finally another patient pulled up next to me and staff came out to take care of them and I mentioned that dr. haven’t called. She said they will call shortly...it is an hour and half later and still no call as I am typing.

- Verified patient on 4/14

I had spent a miserable night with vomiting and diarrhea and at age 71, in spite of having no fever or respiratory symptoms, I wanted to get a rapid COVID test. I was second in line for the day, the wait was minimal and RN Erica and CRNP Bettie Smith provided a prompt test (fortunately negative), a thorough explanation of the results and a prescription for my nausea. Fully recovered in a day.

- Verified patient on 1/28

The experience was great. I am just unclear on why people are being charged for COVID testing if the test is required because of exposure and the person is exhibiting symptoms. This could deter people from being tested and COVID is still an issue. I acknowledge that there could be valid reasons for this that I do not know and it is definitely not the fault of the location that I visited.

- Verified patient on 7/15

Had to wait over an hour past my scheduled time slot but the clinician was swamped with COVID testing and it was day after Christmas so i empathize with their situation. I do wish their was better means of handling rescheduling the time so you’re not online waiting for the virtual visit. The clinician was very supportive and knowledgeable, so visit went very efficiently and I was pleased with the service.

- Verified patient on 1/6

Everyone was so caring and seemed genuinely concerned with my safety and well-being. While a positive Covid test was not on my agenda for today the staff made the process as painless and timely as possible. I was given clear instructions before hand about the charges and what to expect. Afterwards I was given specific directions on how to proceed with over the counter medication and vitamins.

- Verified patient on 12/27

Nurse and doctor are so friendly.. only thing the lady working the waiting room also very nice and helpful but several of the patients that came in did not have a mask on and asking to be Covid tested. I think it should be Inforced. The lady working the check in desk never ask them to put one on. Other than that it was perfect

- Verified patient on 10/27

Went for covid test and to speak to someone about a drug reaction that has not completely resolved after 4 days. Nurse practitioner was very competent and asked many questions about drug interactions. Did a through exam and gave covid test. Got prescription for medrol to help body through reaction problem Pleased with hr demeanor and thorough questioning of my issues. Very pleased!

- Verified patient on 9/21

My daughter and I both went in for Covid tests and all of the staff was super nice! When we got our video chat with the nurse she was very helpful and answered all of our questions (daughter tested positive) and thoroughly explained things we had concerns about. I would definitely go back and also recommend Urgent Care for Children!

- Verified patient on 4/23

I’ve used this staff twice now for COVID testing. Both times, Staff was nice and efficient. When no slots were available, they recommended other possible options & told me best time to show up the next day to ensure a walk-in appointment. Went for rapid test, but they also did the PV? test to ensure not contagious.

- Verified patient on 8/19

Wait time was incredibly long, but I was a walk-in, during one of the highest peaks of COVID transmission rates to date at a facility that is clearly drowning in patients. So, I get it. The staff is super nice and I commend their dedication and professionalism. Safe, clean environment and process for COVID testing.

- Verified patient on 1/8

I had an amazing experience! Everything was pleasant. The wait time was long but I expected to wait due to Covid. The staff member that administered the test was very informative and gentle. Definitely will refer this facility to all of my peers that have kids or in need of Covid testing.

- Verified patient on 1/5

My wife and I walked in for COVID tests, front desk lady was extremely polite and helpful. It was my wife’s second visit and my first. After a short wait we were taken back and had the most delightful experience(except for nose thing). We could not have been treated better!!

- Verified patient on 9/22

Even though they are a COVID testing site, my son’s unrelated appt felt extremely safe. Staff was friendly and we did not feel rushed at the appointment. The NP was extremely thorough and took the time to talk to my son (not just me) to explain symptoms and actions.

- Verified patient on 10/18

About COVID Testing

Types of COVID Tests

There are two types of coronavirus tests (COVID-19 tests) available, those that can test for a current infection (viral test) and those that can test for a past infection (antibody test).

Viral COVID testing can be done in a few different ways, the most common being nose swabs, but saliva tests are becoming more popular. Some tests are processed out on-site and can provide results in as little as 30 minutes. These are called rapid COVID tests. The majority of tests, on the other hand, are collected at the clinic on-site and then submitted to off-site labs for processing. Results can take up to 2-3 days to arrive. 

Antibody testing looks for a past infection and may not reveal if you have an active COVID-19 infection because antibodies can take up to three weeks to form in your body. The presence of COVID antibodies may help to prevent you from becoming infected with the same virus again; but, because the clinical understanding of COVID-19 is still developing, it's unclear how long that protection will continue.

Who should get tested for current infection

The CDC currently defines four instances where COVID testing is recommended:

  1. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.
  2. If you have been in close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19. Close contact is defined as within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. If you have been vaccinated, or tested positive in the past 3 months and not experiencing symptoms, you do not need to be tested.
  3. If you are unvaccinated and participated in high-risk activities where distancing is not an option. This could include travel, large social or mass gatherings, crowded indoor settings, etc.
  4. If you have been referred to get a COVID test by your healthcare provider or local health department. 

How is testing done for COVID-19?

Most COVID tests are collected by a nasal swab. A member of the medical team puts a swab inside your nose for a few seconds on each side to collect the sample. After that, the samples are packaged according to CDC guidelines and tested on-site or transported to a facility for testing. The lab will test samples for the presence of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which causes COVID infection and either your care provider or the lab will notify you with the results as soon as they are available.

Molecular vs Antigen Tests

Viral COVID tests are available as molecular and antigen tests. The molecular test, also known as a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, usually delivers results within a few days since most of these tests are sent to offsite labs for analysis. The average turnaround time for PCR test results is 48 hours, but in some instances may be significantly longer due to backlogs related to insufficient lab volume and capacity. Antigen tests are also known as rapid tests and have an average turnaround time of between 15 to 30 minutes.

Both PCR and rapid COVID tests can be used to test people exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, those who were close contacts to COVID-19, and those without COVID-19 symptoms who live or work in a high-risk setting (such as a nursing facility); or those individuals who are identified as part of outbreak detection and response. The rapid COVID test is also recommended for the screening of residents or healthcare workers at skilled nursing facilities along with a PCR confirmation, and for repeat screening for the early detection and prevention of outbreaks in congregate settings (such as schools, workplaces, and prisons).

COVID testing is available for free under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which includes testing for those without health insurance. To reduce the risk of facing extra costs related to COVID testing, ask your primary care doctor to recommend a free COVID test site, and confirm there are no charges or fees for the test that are not covered by your insurance plan. Additionally, avoid getting a COVID test at a hospital or free-standing emergency room, as these facilities may charge fees for COVID testing and related services.

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