• July 18th, 2024
  • Thursday, 06:32:10 PM

Phoenix Launches COVID-19 Mobile Testing Van


 

 

The city of Phoenix, in partnership with local healthcare company Vincere Cancer Center, offers mobile COVID-19 testing van that provides easy access to COVID-19 tests at no out-of-pocket costs to the Phoenix community and is the first of its kind in Arizona.
The mobile testing van offers two different types of COVID-19 testing–a viral test and an antibody test. The viral test involves a nasal swab while the antibody test involves drawing a small amount of blood through a fingerstick. Depending on the test administered, results may be available within 15 minutes or 2-10 days.

Photo: City of Phoeniz
The City of Phoenix and Vincere Cancer Center offers COVID-19 Mobile testing van to reach underserved communities.

This new endeavor is one of Phoenix’s many efforts to help stop the spread of the virus through early detection, immediate quarantine, and medical care for those who have contracted the virus.

“This is a huge step forward in our fight against COVID-19 and we will continue to adapt to the needs of our residents to help stop the spread,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego.
The medical staff of Vincere Cancer Center manages the operations of the van, scheduling of testing appointments, scheduling of site locations, administering of the different COVID-19 tests and dissemination of results. Board-certified oncologist, Vershalee Shukla, MD, and former Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at John C. Lincoln, Pablo Prichard, MD, are co-founders of Vincere.
Although Vincere focuses on cancer treatments, their bilingual medical staff are well-qualified and well-equipped to administer COVID-19 tests.
“Testing is crucial to control the spread of COVID-19 and even more so in underserved neighborhoods with our most vulnerable citizens—not just those without health care or without the financial means, but also those who have pre-existing conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension, etc.” said Dr. Shukla.

Phoenix’s mobile COVID-19 testing van was made possible through the COVID-19 Federal Relief Fund. It will operate 5 days a week (except Wednesdays and Sundays) from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Locations of the testing van will vary, with priority given to underserved communities and struggling small businesses in Phoenix. Individuals interested in getting a COVID-19 test are required to pre-register online and make an appointment. For those with insurance, insurance will be ​processed with no charge to the patient​. Testing costs for those without insurance will be covered by the CARES Act funds.

The City of Phoenix is also offering drive thru testing sites:

Saturday, December 12 at Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix AZ 85012, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Appointment encouraged at https://www.familytreehealthcare.com.

Sunday, December 13, Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix AZ 85012, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Appointment encouraged at https://www.familytreehealthcare.com.

For COVID-19 testing van locations and dates, and to make an appointment, please visit phoenix.gov/COVIDtesting.

 

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