COVID-19 tests, vaccines for uninsured in limbo as federal funding dwindles

But some experts worry that ramping down services while funding lags could put communities in a vulnerable position if cases spike or a new concerning variant emerges. “This is a step in the wrong direction,” UC Irvine [associate professor of public health] Andrew Noymer said, adding that one factor in getting a handle on the pandemic has been the ability for people to get tested or vaccinated wherever it’s convenient. A reduction in testing, especially, could mean health officials are unaware of a looming threat, Noymer said.