Free COVID-19 Saliva-Based Testing

The SHIELD Illinois COVID-19 test is a PCR test offered at the UIC Health Sciences Campus-Rockford, 1601 Parkview Ave.

Regular testing hours are:

  • Mondays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CLOSED Wednesday, Feb. 2)
  • Wednesdays: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Fridays: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Appointments are preferred. Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration for the SHIELD Portal will speed up the check-out process.

Results are available via email within 24 hours.

Children under 18 welcome. Register parent/guardian and add each child as dependent.


Sign up for an account on the SHIELD Illinois portal and schedule your test appointment. (You will receive a text message for verification, so have your mobile phone handy. Check your junk e-mail folder if you used e-mail.)

To sign up for an account:

Go to Website: 

Use link: Sign up for an account (under the Password box)

Use appropriate Agency Code for Community: df5brbrj

Fill in all information and click “Submit.”

Portal Set Up Instructions

Anyone who needs help or has problems with registration should call SHIELD’s 24/7 patient hotline: 217-265-6059.


Appointment Location for the UIC Health Sciences Campus- Rockford is “61107_Rockford Community.”

Enter the UIC Health Sciences Campus-Rockford, 1601 Parkview Ave. Park in the South Parking Lot and enter through the entrance with flag poles. The SHIELD testing site offers walk-up service. Bring your QR code on your mobile phone or printed out to speed the check-out process.

Before your test:

Before your test, do not eat, drink (including water), brush teeth, chew gum, smoke, or use tobacco products within 60 minutes of providing a saliva sample. Doing any of these things within 60 minutes of providing a sample could produce an inconclusive result and require the individual to re-test.

Remove all lip cosmetics (lipstick, lip balm, etc.)

FDA Fact Sheet for Patients

When you come to the tent, show your QR code that will be sent to you when you make your appointment. You will then pick up a tube and drool into it until an adequate sample is obtained. This usually takes only a few minutes. Test results will be posted in the SHIELD Illinois patient portal after the lab results are completed. 

Need more information? Call SHIELD’s 24/7 patient hotline: 217-265-6059 or visit the Frequently Asked Question Page.

Patient Questions should go to 217-265-6059 24/7