Even as access to vaccines increases throughout 2021, the need for COVID-19 testing is not going away. Our goal is to reach 4,000+ residents in the DC community, and to expand this sustainable model to address a multitude of health disparities in the Black community, such as high risks of diabetes and high blood pressure, in the post-pandemic future. On June 17, at our Juneteenth Town Hall event, United Way NCA, Choose Healthy Life and our partners made a big announcement on expanding the Choose Healthy Life programmatic work to include COVID-19 vaccinations and more. Click here to see full details and here to watch the recording of the event’s livestream.
Working in partnership with United Way of the National Capital Area, Quest Diagnostics‘ Choose Healthy Life Black Clergy Action Plan (CHL) is a response to the disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Black community. CHL leverages the power of the Black church—a trusted and respected organization in the Black community—to expand access to FREE COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, vaccines and other health services in underserved communities. CHL fosters partnerships between Black churches and Local United Way (LUW) affiliates to conduct a massive public health campaign across five cities: New York, Washington, DC, Newark, Atlanta and Detroit.
All testing and vaccination sites through CHL are FREE for community members. Please go to Quest Diagnostics’ website to pre-register for your COVID-19 test and vaccine. Walk-ups are welcome and will be registered onsite, but pre-registration and scheduling ahead of time is highly recommended. Schedule your free COVID-19 testing and vaccination appointment at one of our upcoming events by clicking here. Events that are hosting both testing and vaccines are noted in the calendar below.
You can also find more information and schedule your appointment by following the QR code, below. Simply scan your smartphone’s camera app over the code and the website will appear.
In phase two of this initiative, there are a total of four church locations offering free coronavirus testing in Washington, DC, Montgomery County and Prince George’s County and participating in the Choose Healthy Life (CHL) initiative. Each church has hired a Public Health Navigator, establishing an infrastructure of trusted health support to ensure testing is safe, effective and reliable. Our partner churches are listed below.
Choose Healthy Life is raising awareness and educating the Black community on COVID-19 and other health disparities. CHL proactively engages the community in a COVID-19 testing and vaccination campaign to reduce the spread of the virus and to save lives.
United Way NCA mobilizes all sectors of the community to work together with one goal in mind: helping people live their best lives by reducing disparities and increasing equity. To learn more about UWNCA and the programs we offer, see our What We Do page.
The CDC recommends that anyone with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 get tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. If you have also been exposed to COVID-19, testing is highly recommended.
COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all people aged 12 years and older, including people who are pregnant, lactating, trying to get pregnant now or might become pregnant in the future. If you are concerned about the vaccine, please speak with your doctor or a health expert available at all Choose Healthy Life events.
Our vaccination events primarily provide the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as it is fully FDA approved and the only vaccine approved for those ages 12 and older. However, depending on the location, supply and needs of the community, any of the three major COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna or J&J) may be used. For example, if a population has trouble coming in for a second dose, then we may administer a single dose J&J vaccine. Additionally, if a booster dose is approved, CHL locations will likely have some stock of all three vaccines.
Insurance is not required for testing or vaccination and all testing and vaccination is free to community members.
All of our testing and and vaccination events are walk-up events and do not have drive-thrus. Walk-in appointments are available for all community members, but pre-registration is recommended. You can pre-register here for a COVID-19 test or vaccine.