As People Get Vaccinated, COVID-19 Tests Are Still Important
There are currently two COVID-19 vaccines available for use in the US. Images of people receiving the vaccine can bring huge relief. It’s good—and important—to feel hope. Still, the pandemic is not over, and there are plenty of reasons you shouldn’t stop getting tested.
The vaccine is currently being distributed only to high-risk people, meaning there is still a high rate of COVID-19 spread. Whenever anyone receives the vaccine it’s in two doses—with at least three weeks between each shot—so it will be a while before everyone who wants a vaccine can complete the process.
The COVID-19 vaccine will protect people exposed to the virus from getting sick. However, it’s unclear yet whether people vaccinated against COVID-19 could still spread it. This is why it’s important for people to continue social distancing, hand-washing, mask-wearing, and regular COVID-19 testing until enough people are inoculated against the virus.
Dr. Anthony Fauci has estimated that about 70-85% of the population needs to be vaccinated to reach herd immunity. As mentioned, this will take time and continued effort on our part to stop the spread.
In the coming months, COVID-19 testing is going to continue to be a crucial part of virus prevention. Avalon Laboratory Solutions is here to help. On a community level, testing helps health experts understand virus hotspots in order to create informed guidelines. It also helps people as individuals protect themselves, their loved ones, and their communities.
Everyone’s availability is different, which is why there is no one-size-fits-all method for COVID-19 testing. At Avalon Lab Solutions, we can schedule you immediately to be tested in two different ways: through drive-in testing at our lab, or an at-home test. In both cases, you’ll receive results within 48 hours.
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