COVID-19 VACCINATION INFORMATION

The following COVID-19 vaccines are currently available at Big Apple Urgent Care every day on a walk-in basis:

  • Moderna (for ages 18 and up)
  • Pfizer (for ages 5 and up)

Questions? Call us at 718-287-0616 for more information.

What You Need to Know

At Big Apple Urgent Care, we provide testing for COVID-19 based on the updated New York State Department of Health guidelines. In order to ensure safety for our staff and patients, we've updated our protocols to include social distancing, and masks are required at all times. We've also launched our telemedicine platform. If you'd like to set up a telemedicine visit, please call us at 718-287-0616.

Big Apple Urgent Care – COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What types of tests are available for COVID-19?

At the moment, there are 3 major types of tests available:

  • The PCR test detects RNA (or genetic material) that is specific to the coronavirus and can detect it within days of infection. It is considered the “gold standard” in SARS-CoV-2 detection. When a patient has a positive PCR test, this means that they have a current and active infection. Results are ready in 3-5 days.
  • The Antigen test (the rapid test) detects protein fragments specific to the coronavirus. When a patient has a positive rapid test, this means that they have a current and active infection. Results are ready within 15-20 minutes.
  • The Antibody test is a blood test that is used to identify if the patient has developed antibodies against the COVID-19 virus. This test determines if a patient had a prior infection. When a patient has a positive antibody test, this means that the patient has been infected with COVID-19 at some point in the past, they have now developed some antibodies against the virus and may have some immunity. Results are ready in 3-5 days.

2. How are the tests performed?

  • PCR test: A healthcare worker will use a thin nasal swab to collect a small sample of nasal secretions from the patient’s nostrils. This sample is then sent for analysis at an off-site lab. Results are received within 3-5 days.
  • Antigen test (rapid test): A healthcare worker will use a thin nasal swab to collect a small sample of nasal secretions from the patient’s nostrils. This sample is analyzed on-site and results are obtained in 15-20 minutes.
  • Antibody test: A healthcare worker will perform a blood draw, which is sent to an off-site lab for analysis. Results are received within 3-5 days.

3. Where is the test performed?

The collection and analysis for the Rapid Antigen test are entirely performed in-house at our urgent care.

The PCR test and the Antibody test are performed in-house and sent to a lab for analysis.

4. What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19 with a PCR or Rapid Antigen test?

If you test positive for either test, you must isolate until all 3 of the following criteria are met:

  1. At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared
  2. At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications
  3. Symptoms have significantly improved

NOTE: If you test positive but do not have symptoms, stay home for 10 days after you test positive.

5. Should I get a negative COVID test before going back to work?

Per the recommendations of the CDC, individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and subsequently followed the requirements and guidelines for isolation are not required or even encouraged to get another COVID test. This is because people can continue to test positive for up to 3 months after diagnosis and not be infectious to others. Therefore, there are no restrictions from coming out of isolation and returning back to work after meeting the essential criteria.

6. Does insurance cover COVID testing?

Most insurance plans will cover the PCR Covid-19 test. Check with your insurance plan for coverage before your visit if you are unsure what type of coverage you may have for this test.

7. When will my results be ready?

Results for the PCR COVID-19 test and Antibody test typically take 24-36 hours.

8. What is the difference between the PCR test and the Rapid Antigen Test (rapid test)?

PCR tests and Antigen tests are both diagnostic, which means that they can be used to determine whether you currently have an active coronavirus infection. However, there are important differences between these 2 types of tests.

PCR tests detect the presence of the virus’s genetic material using a technique called reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction, or RT-PCR. The sample is typically sent to a lab for analysis. PCR tests are highly accurate and results typically take 3-5 days.

Rapid Antigen tests detect specific proteins on the surface of the coronavirus. They are sometimes referred to as rapid diagnostic tests because it can take less than an hour to get the test results. Positive Antigen test results are highly specific, meaning that if you test positive you are very likely to be infected. However, there is a higher chance of false negatives with Antigen test, which means that a negative result cannot definitively rule out an active infection. If you have a negative result on an Antigen test, your doctor may order a PCR test to confirm the result. Rapid test results come back in approximately 15-20 minutes.

9. Does the COVID swab test or Antibody test hurt?

There may be minimal discomfort but most individuals find the process for both tests to be painless and without complications.

10. I still have questions regarding my business, my family or my personal risk related to COVID-19. Where can I get more answers?

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health departments are the primary up-to-date sources for more information. Individuals may wish to consult with their personal physician or health advisor. If no one is available, please call us at (718) 267-0616 or visit our facility to meet with a physician expert.

11. Does Big Apple Urgent Care offer the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes! The following COVID-19 vaccines are currently available at Big Apple Urgent Care every day on a walk-in basis:

  • Moderna (for ages 18 and up)
  • Pfizer (for ages 5 and up)

Questions? Call us at 718-287-0616 for more information.

Telemedicine is now available at Big Apple Urgent Care! Please call the office to set up a telemedicine visit. Our visits are HIPAA compliant and cover a wide range of medical issues.