QC launches online booking for free swab testing

Published April 17, 2021, 6:52 PM

by Allysa Nievera

Quezon City residents who want to avail of the free coronavirus disease (COVID-19) swab test can book an appointment online, the city government announced Saturday, April 17.

Mayor Joy Belmonte said the online booking can help the residents, who are close contacts of COVID-positive patients and those who are experiencing symptoms, report to the city government immediately.

“We have opened an online platform so our residents can come forward and report to us immediately especially if they are close contacts of COVID-positive patients or if they are experiencing any symptoms,” she said.

This way, she said “we can counter and contain the virus as fast as we can, and on all fronts.”

The appointment system is in addition to the City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit’s (CESU) on-ground tracing being done everyday. 

“We are continuously finding ways on how to strengthen and improve our testing efforts. And as we realize that more residents are getting sick and need to confirm their status, we decided to expand this free swab service,” CESU head Dr. Rolando Cruz said.

The free swab test will be strictly by appointment, and walk-ins will not be entertained.

Residents should fill out the reservation form found here: http://bit.ly/QCfreetest.

After filling out the form, the resident will receive a call from the community-based testing (CBT) verifier to further assess the resident’s condition.

The resident will receive a confirmation text with the schedule of the swab test.

“Due to the volume of persons we need to test and the limitation in our test kits supply per day, we have to allocate our resources to those who need it the most,” Cruz said. 

Residents who are close contacts or those who were exposed to COVID-positive patients, those who are experiencing symptoms, pregnant, dialysis patients, and those who will undergo medical operations will be prioritized for the swab test.

As of April 17, the city has 11 community-based testing centers. 

For queries, residents may message the official CESU Facebook page 

https://www.facebook.com/QCEpidemiologyDiseaseSurveillance or call any of the following QC contact tracing hotlines: 8703-2759, 8703-4398, 0916-122-8628, 0908-639-8086, 0931-095-7737