Returning to In-Person Learning During COVID-19
The 2021 back-to-school season has been unlike any other – and the COVID-19 vaccine and COVID testing have been added to this year’s ‘back-to-school checklists’. With the Delta variant accounting for more than 93% of new COVID-19 cases, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), importance has been placed on vaccination and testing as children head back to in-person learning.
COVID Vaccines and More
The CDC recommends everyone 12 years and older get a COVID-19 vaccination to help protect against COVID-19. In addition to the COVID-19 vaccine, children and teens should also be up-to-date on their regular immunizations, such as Chickenpox, Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR), Polio, Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP) and the flu. The general benefits of vaccinations during childhood include providing immunity before a child is exposed to potentially life-threatening illnesses.
If your child has missed any vaccines, work with your healthcare provider to make sure he or she gets caught up. The start of the school year can be a good reminder to schedule an annual well visit with your child’s pediatrician and discuss any questions you have about immunizations. If you are unsure about past immunizations, have changed healthcare providers, etc. titer testing from a laboratory like BioReference can detect the presence of antibodies and help confirm whether or not your child has received specific immunizations and vaccinations.
COVID Testing For Students
BioReference is a leading provider of COVID-19 school testing initiatives and continues to make testing an easy process for students, parents, guardians, staff and administrators. With many early education students not being able to receive the vaccine due to age requirements, testing remains a major factor in keeping schools open and promoting healthy environments. We are pleased to provide on-site school testing services, as well as collaborations with districts and cities, to support safer learning experiences for staff, students and their families. If your student is heading back to in-person learning, keep your family safe and feel confident going back-to-school with a COVID-19 test from BioReference.
The Process of School COVID Testing
Testing can be uncomfortable for children, and we want to do everything to make the process as easy and comfortable as possible. We offer scalable solutions for all school sizes, and a mobile solution that allows us to check-in, verify and collect specimens from each student in just about 90 seconds. Our digital order management system reduces processing time, enabling a rapid turnaround time for a large number of students. If you are a school administrator, click here to learn more about how BioReference can