Free COVID-19 testing events & flu shots


The City of Minneapolis is offering free COVID-19 tests. Testing is encouraged and available to everyone, whether or not you have symptoms. Testing is one of the best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 and help prevent exposing your loved ones to the virus.

You can expect to get your test results in about two business days.

More free COVID-19 tests

  • Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S., Exhibit Room E Noon-7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends starting Nov. 9 Make an appointment here. Find instructions here.
  • Native American Community Clinic, 1213 E. Franklin Ave. 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Appointments required: Call 612-872-8086 to schedule an appointment.
  • Southside Community Health Services, 324 E. 35th St. 2-3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays Appointments required: Call 612-821-3548 to schedule an appointment. You can expect to get your test results in about two-three business days. Same day testing can be done for health care workers, first responders and essential workers.

Find a current list of free COVID-19 tests and flu shots on the City website.

The COVID-19 test is free, and you do not need insurance for the test. If you need medical care but don’t have health insurance, the Minnesota Department of Health offers resources to find low-cost health care or health insurance. If you can’t attend one of these testing events, you can use this directory to find a testing location near you. Watch and share these short videos in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong by the Minnesota Department of Health about what to expect when you get a COVID-19 test.

Flu shots more important than ever – commit to get yours for National Influenza Vaccination Week Dec. 6-12

National Influenza Vaccination Week is Dec. 6-12. The week reminds everyone 6 months and older that there’s still time to get vaccinated against flu to be protected during the upcoming winter and holiday months.

The flu is serious and kills 30,000-60,000 people every year. Those most at risk for serious complications from flu and COVID-19 include people with underlying health conditions such as diabetes or lung disease; people 65 and older; and Black, Latinx and Indigenous people.

This winter, we’ll be dealing with the flu and COVID-19 at the same time, so it’s more important than ever to get a flu shot. It’s the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones and our health care workers and emergency responders.

Getting a flu shot is easy, safe and free, even if you don’t have health insurance. Flu season lasts through March. If you can’t get vaccinated now, it’s OK to do it later, even in early 2021.

Read more.