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COVID Testing: All 18 Free Testing Sites in San Francisco

Updated December 2020: Where to get a free coronavirus test including walk-in and drive-through locations
By - posted 12/22/2020 No Comment

Anyone living or working in San Francisco can get tested for coronavirus at various locations in the City. As of December 23, 2020, there are currently 18 sites in San Francisco where you can get tested for no charge.

Please note that periodically there are free mobile test sites operated by SF Dept. of Public Health, but good luck finding them unless you happen to stumble across them in person or on the internet. We checked and couldn’t find any specific information on either sf.gov or sfdph.org websites

UPDATES

  • 12/23/20 – Pop-up site announced at 24th and Mission for December 23-24. Potrero Hill HOPE SF Testing Site added
  • 12/21/20 – The two main CityTestSF sites require 3-day advanced reservations and not intended for travel or gatherings – only for essential workers of those with symptoms or exposure
  • 12/9/20 – Pop-up community test sites added. NEMS adds three locations. Mission location moves from 17th St. to Barlett.
  • 11/16/20 – The SoMa Test site at 600 7th Street is closing, to be replaced with a new site at the Alemany Farmers Market starting 11/17/20
  • 11/6/20 – We found one pop-up test site – Japantown hosts a free mobile COVID testing site on Tuesday 11/17

Free COVID Test Locations in San Francisco

Please note that we believe that these are all free, but many don’t specifically say. They instead mention “For uninsured” or are city-run which in the past have been free.

Updated December 2020 | See the updated list | Map of all testing locations (free and paid)

Government-Run Sites (By Appointment Only)


Starting December 21, you can only book at CityTestSF up to 3 days ahead. 

City-run test sites do not support testing for travel or gatherings. City resources should be saved for essential workers, people who feel sick, or have known exposure to COVID-19.

CityTestSF Embarcadero

Operated by the City and County of San Francisco.
Walk-through and drive-through, with an appointment.

Pier 30/32
7 days a week, 8 am to 6 pm

Book at Embarcadero for appointments up to 3 days ahead, if you have a symptom or close contact

Demand is high at Embarcadero right now. If you have insurance, call your doctor or healthcare provider. You must be 14 or over to be seen here (with a parent or guardian present).

CityTestSF at Alemany Farmers Market

Operated by the City and County of San Francisco.

Walk-through and drive-through

Alemany will take a limited number of drop-ins. Make an appointment for guaranteed testing.

100 Alemany Boulevard

Monday, 12 pm to 3:30 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Friday, 8:30 am to 12 pm

Closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Book at Alemany for appointments up to 3 days ahead, if you have a symptom or close contact. You must be 14 or over to be seen here (with a parent or guardian present).

Optum Serve Site, City College Campus

Operated by the State of California.

Walk-through, with an appointment.

Children under 13 must be registered for testing by a parent or guardian. Youth between the ages of 13 and 17 can register themselves for testing and get their own results.

1800 Oakdale (entrance at 1200 Phelps)

Monday through Friday, 7 am to 7 pm

Book at Optum Serve Site, if you have a symptom or close contact.

Neighborhood Test Sites

Test sites that are open to the public, but are intended for uninsured or local residents. Make an appointment if you can.

All neighborhood test sites will be closed Christmas and New Year’s Day. They will be open normal hours the week between.


 

Chinese Hospital Test Site

Open to everyone. Check your eligibility when you make an appointment.

845 Jackson Street
Monday through Saturday, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, except holidays.

628-228-2828
Call to schedule an appointment.

Maxine Hall Testing Site

For uninsured or SF Health Network patients. Children can get tested here.

1181 Golden Gate Avenue

8:30am-11:30am M-F, 1pm-4:30pm M, T, Th, F

Uninsured SF residents, SFHN Primary Care Patients, SFHN shared-risk patients who seek care at ZSFG specialty care sites.

415-682-1740
Call to schedule an appointment. You can drop in.

Mission Mental Health Testing Site (Added 12/9/20)

For uninsured or SF Health Network patients. Children can get tested here.

219 Bartlett Street (behind Mission Mental Health Clinic)

Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 11:30 am and 1 pm to 4 pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday

Open Saturday, December 26 and Saturday, January 2.
Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day.

415-682-1740
Call to schedule an appointment. You can drop in.

Mission Neighborhood Health Center

Focused on Mission residents and community members.

240 Shotwell St, in the parking lot.
Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm

Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day.

415-552-3870; 2217
Call to schedule an appointment.

North East Medical Services (NEMS) (Added 12/9/20)

Open to everyone. Check your eligibility when you make an appointment.

  • North Beach Garage at 735 Vallejo Street – Monday through Friday, 2:30 pm to 4 pm
  • Portola District at 2626 San Bruno Ave, at the parking lot of Imperial Garden Seafood Restaurant – Monday through Friday, 3 to 4 pm
  • Sunset District at 1450 Noriega Street, in the clinic parking lot – Monday through Friday 2 to 3 pm

All sites closed Christmas and New Year’s Day.

415-391-9686
Call to make an appointment.

Potrero Hill Health Center Testing Site

For uninsured or SF Health Network patients. Children can get tested here.

1050 Wisconsin Street
Monday to Friday, 9 am to 11:30 am and 1:30 pm to 3:15 pm

Closed Thursday, December 24 and December 31.
Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day.

415-682-1740
Site is drop-in only. No appointment needed.

Potrero Hill HOPE SF Testing Site (Added 12/23/20)

For uninsured or SF Health Network patients. Children can get tested here.

1700 25th Street

Mondays, 10 am to 2 pm

628-217-5232
Drop in only.

Southeast Health Center Testing Site

For uninsured or SF Health Network patients. Children can get tested here.

2401 Keith Street
7 days a week, 8 am to 12 pm and 1pm to 5pm

Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day.

415-682-1740
Call to schedule an appointment. You can drop in.

Sunnydale HOPE SF Testing Site

For uninsured or SF Health Network patients and Sunnydale residents.

1652 Sunnydale Avenue
Tuesday 12 pm to 3 pm
Thursday 10 am to 2 pm

Closed Thursday, December 24.
Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day.

628-217-5320
Drop in only.

ZSFG Testing Site

For uninsured or SF Health Network patients. Children can get tested here.

1001 Potrero Avenue
Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm

Open Saturday, December 26 and Saturday, January 2.
Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day.

415-682-1740
Call to schedule an appointment.

Pop-up Community Test Sites (Drop In)

DPH partners with community organizations to bring testing and services to neighborhoods most impacted by COVID-19.

Dates/Times Change RegularlyLast updated 1/5/21 – These sites are at various locations throughout the week. The schedule changes every 2 weeks, according to need.

These sites offer COVID-19 testing to minors under the age of 13 with guardian or parental consent. At the test sites, clinicians can also teach parents how to take a sample for their children.


 

// BAYVIEW //

90 Kiska Rd

  • Tuesday, January 5, 10 am to 3 pm

NOW Hunters Point – 155 Jennings Street

  • Friday, January 8, 9 am to 4 pm

// CHINATOWN //

Portsmouth Square

  • Wednesdays, 10am to 2pm through January 13th

// TENDERLOIN //

200 Block of Turk (Btwn Jones & Leavenworth)

GLIDE parking lot, 330 Ellis Street

  • Focused on residents of the Tenderloin neighborhood. No insurance needed. No ID needed.
  • Walk-through
  • Open Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 am to 4 pm.


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