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Where can I get free, public COVID-19 testing or treatment?

Last Updated: 08/12/2022

Free COVID-19 testing is available at many locations across the state.

Free, at-home COVID-19 saliva PCR tests are available to every New Jerseyan who think they need a test. Order your test by visiting learn.vaulthealth.com/nj.

Free, at-home rapid antigen tests are available from the federal government. Order one set of 4 free at-home tests from special.usps.com/testkits.

Below, you can find a list of free public testing locations in New Jersey by county, including short-term pop-up testing sites.

In addition, free COVID-19 testing and treatment is available at Community Health Centers, also known as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), to all people whether you have health insurance or not and regardless of your immigration status Find an FQHC near you with this search tool or on 211's online list of community clinics.

Individuals with urgent symptoms may also continue to access services at acute care hospitals. The COVID-19 testing cost will be waived for uninsured individuals eligible for charity care. Information on the Charity Care Program can be found at: https://www.nj.gov/health/charitycare. You should talk to a medical provider before going to your local hospital.

For additional testing locations and information on COVID-19 testing in New Jersey, visit covid19.nj.gov/testing.

Free Public Testing Locations by County

Burlington County

BCHD Willingboro Town Center, 4390 Rt. 130 North, Willingboro

  • 8 am to 3 pm, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
  • 11 am to 6 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Open to all those who live, work, or go to school in Burlington County
  • Walk ups are welcome; appointments are encouraged. Make an appointment online.

Cumberland County

Vineland Senior Center - 103 S. 6th street, Vineland

  • 8:30 am to 10:30 am, Mondays
  • 4 pm to 6:30 pm, Thursdays

Essex County

Essex County Hall of Records, 465 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Newark

  • 3 pm to 7 pm, Tuesdays

Orange City Hall, 29 North Day Street, Orange

  • 3 pm to 7 pm, Wednesdays

Irvington Town Hall, 1 Civic Square, Irvington

  • 3 pm to 7 pm, Thursdays

East Orange City Hall, 44 City Hall Plaza, East Orange

  • 3 pm to 7 pm, Fridays

Livingston Mall - Sears Building, 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston

  • 2 pm to 7 pm, Thursdays and Fridays
  • 8 am to 2 pm, Saturdays

Ironbound Community Corp - 432 Lafayette Street, Newark

  • 10 am to 2 pm , Saturday, August 13

Ann Street School, 30 Ann St, Newark

  • 9 am to 5 pm, Mondays
  • 9 am to 3 pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays
  • Newark Residents Only

Lincoln Park, Broad Street/Lincoln Park, Newark

  • 9 am to 5 pm, Mondays
  • 9 am to 3 pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays
  • Newark Residents Only

Newark Schools Stadium, 450 Bloomfield Ave, Newark

  • 9 am to 3 pm, Mondays to Sundays

The Waterfront, 2 Grafton Ave, Newark

  • 10 am to 7 pm, Mondays to Saturdays

Hudson County

Jersey City Public Safety Headquarters - 465 Marin Blvd., Jersey City

  • 8 am to 4 pm, Monday - Friday
  • 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday
  • Jersey City Residents or J.C. Business Employees

Infinity Institute, 193 Old Bergen Road, Jersey City

  • 9 am to 5 pm, Monday - Friday
  • Jersey City Residents or J.C. Business Employees

Connors Center, 28 Paterson St., Jersey City

  • 8:30 am to 4 pm, Monday - Friday
  • Jersey City Residents or J.C. Business Employees

City Hall Annex (Lobby) - 1 Jackson Square, Jersey City

  • 9 am to 5 pm, Monday - Friday
  • Jersey City Residents or J.C. Business Employees

South Hudson Civic Association, 546 West Side Ave., Jersey City

  • 9 am to 8 pm, Mondays to Fridays
  • 9 am to 5 pm, Saturdays and Sundays
  • Jersey City Residents or J.C. Business Employees

Lincoln Park - Duncan Ave Parking Lot, Jersey City

  • 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday
  • 9 am to 4 pm, Saturdays
  • Jersey City Residents or J.C. Business Employees

JCMC Women's Health Building - 377 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City

  • 11 am to 6pm, Sunday through Friday
  • Jersey City Residents or J.C. Business Employees

Route 440 - Near Dunkin' Donuts, 725 Route 440, Jersey City

  • 9 am to 8 pm, Mondays through Fridays
  • 9 am to 5 pm, Saturdays and Sundays
  • Jersey City Residents or J.C. Business Employees

Kearny Public Library - 318 Kearny Ave., Kearny

  • 8 am - 5pm, Monday to Saturday
  • Kearny residents

James J. Braddock Park, North Bergen

  • 12 pm - 7 pm, Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Union City Testing Site, 36th. Ave., Union City

  • 9 am - 7 pm, Mondays to Fridays
  • 9 am - 2 pm, Saturdays
  • North Hudson Residents: North Bergen, Union City, Weehawken, Guttenberg, and West New York

Mercer County

At-Home Testing

  • Mercer County residents, first responders, and health care workers can request a free saliva collection test for COVID-19 test at mercercares.org.
  • This test is performed at home through a video telehealth visit and submitted through the mail.

Middlesex County

1 Ericsson Drive, Piscataway

  • 9:30 am to 11 am, Tuesday
  • Appointments required. Make an appointment online or call 732-745-3100.
  • Saliva test. Please do NOT eat, drink, smoke, vape or chew gum for 30 minutes prior to testing.

Monmouth County

Monmouth County Health Department - 50 East Main Street, Freehold

  • 4 pm to 7 pm, Wednesday, August 17

Howell Senior Center - 251 Preventorium Road, Howell

  • 4 pm to 7 pm, Wednesday, August 24

Ocean County

Ocean County College (Parking Lot #3)- Drive Thru, 1 College Drive, Toms River

  • 9 am to 12 pm, Tuesdays
  • 3 pm to 6 pm, Thursdays
  • No appointment needed

Lakewood High School - 855 Somerset Ave, Lakewood

  • 10:30 am to 7pm, Thursdays

Passaic County

Passaic City Hall, 330 Passaic Street., Passaic

  • 10 am to 3 pm, Thursdays
  • Passaic residents

Paterson Division of Health, 176 Broadway, Paterson

  • 9 am to 3 pm, August 15 to August 19
  • Paterson residents

C-Town - 444 20th Ave, Paterson

  • 10 am to 3 pm, Saturday, August 20

St. Joseph's Health, 11 Getty Ave., Paterson

  • 7:15 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday
  • NJ Residents

St. Joseph's Health, 224 Hamburg Tpk, Wayne

  • 7:15 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday
  • NJ Residents

West Milford Council Chambers - 1480 Union Valley Rd, West Milford

  • 10 am to 3 pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
  • NJ Residents

Somerset County

Bernards Township Community Center - 289 South Maple Ave, Basking Ridge

  • 9 am to 4 pm, Thursdays
  • Ages 5+

Montogmery Township Department of Health, Municipal Building, 100 Community Drive, Skillman

  • 11 am to 6pm, Monday to Friday

Sussex County

At-Home Testing

  • Free at-home saliva tests are available to residents of Sussex County.
  • This test is performed at home through a video telehealth visit and submitted through the mail.
  • Request your free saliva test online

Union County

Warinanco Sporting Center - 1 Park Drive, Roselle

  • 7 am to 12 pm, Thursdays
  • No appointment needed

Insurance Coverage for COVID-19 Testing

At public testing locations, insurance is recommended but not required. Private testing locations may require insurance coverage.

State and federal laws require health insurers to cover COVID-19 diagnostic tests with no out-of-pocket costs during this emergency. However, in some instances insurance coverage may not apply, so be sure to check with your health plan directly as well as the testing site.

If you do not have health insurance or lose coverage, you may be eligible for free or low-cost coverage (www.njfamilycare.org) through NJ FamilyCare, New Jersey's publicly funded health insurance program. NJ Family Care includes CHIP, Medicaid and Medicaid expansion populations and covers doctor visits, prescriptions, vision, dental care, mental health and substance use services and even hospitalization.

In addition, you can visit GetCoveredNJ, a one-stop shop for health insurance for residents who do not have coverage from an employer or other program. Under the State's new health exchange, individuals eligible for subsidy assistance and premium tax credits will find the lowest net premiums since the passage of the Affordable Care Act more than a decade ago.

Visit Getcovered.nj.gov to learn more and apply for health insurance.