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NYC Is Offering Free Tamiflu Prescriptions, Paxlovid at Mobile Clinics

  • Positive flu tests have surged to highest point in four years
  • Many of the 75 city-run units will have tests for RSV, flu

New Yorkers who are feeling sick can now go to one of the city’s mobile clinics to get tested for RSV, Covid-19 or the flu — and get a prescription for medicines like Tamiflu on the spot.

The move is an expansion of a program initiated earlier this year to address rising cases of winter illnesses. All 75 mobile units will offer free tests for Covid and, for eligible patients, the antiviral Paxlovid, which can lower rates of illness and death in people who are infected. Two thirds of the “Test to Treat” clinics will also offer free tests for the flu and for respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, for patients who are symptomatic. People who are deemed eligible can get a free Tamiflu prescription, according to an announcement from New York City Mayor’s office this week.