COVID-19 Test Scheduling 101: Everything You Need to Know


COVID-19 Test Scheduling 101: Everything You Need to Know

Book one appointment a week, in advance, on a weekend if possible

September 16, 2021
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Welcome back to campus, Terriers. After more than a year of learning remotely, we’re so excited to see students on campus again. With the return to campus life, we still have to be COVID-conscious—that means completing your symptom survey, showing up to your testing appointments on time, scheduling tests in advance. With 808 Comm Ave increasing testing capacity, there are enough testing appointments to go around. Here are our tips to make sure your COVID testing goes smoothly and you keep those nostrils clean and healthy.

1. Book your tests in advance

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The early bird gets the worm may be a cliché, but in this case, it’s true. It’s always better to book your tests in advance. That way you’ll be stress-free and able to keep that badge green.  

2. Book only one appointment a week 

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You should book only one appointment a week for your testing day unless you are asked to schedule an additional test by the Healthway team. This ensures that other students who need testing appointments to stay in compliance can get them as well. Don’t overbook and be that person. 

3. Cancel your appointment if you know you can’t make it

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Scheduling snafus happen, but if you don’t cancel your appointment, then you take a test away from another student who may need it. If something comes up and you can’t make it to your test, help a fellow Terrier out and cancel your appointment. 

4. Test on the weekend if possible

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Without classes and clubs to get in the way, the weekend is the best time to schedule your COVID test. If you can, try to sync up your COVID testing schedule with your weekends. You’d be surprised how much easier it is to make weekend appointments. 

5. Treat your COVID testing appointments like a doctor’s appointment

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Show up on time for your COVID tests just like you would for a doctor’s appointment. COVID testing is keeping us safe, so take it seriously. Use your best judgment and make sure you keep up with your compliance. 

We trust you to keep on top of your COVID testing and to stay truthful on your symptom survey. Keep these tips in mind when you schedule your next test. Hope this helps, but if you still have any questions, visit Back2BU for more information.

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  1. This patronizing article, last week’s vague attempt at assuaging our doubts about reduced test capacity, and the accusatory tone of the email from the Dean of Students have frustrated me so much that I feel I must push back a little.

    Dean Elmore’s email opens with “The rumor that closing the Agganis test collection site has resulted in a net reduction of available slots for COVID-19 testing is not true.” While I’m glad that the test capacity will not decrease due to the consolidation of test sites, I am not happy about the insinuation that it is some sort of malicious rumor-spreading to assume, quite reasonably, after reading last week’s confusing announcement, that a reduction of available test sites means a reduction of testing capacity.

    In the announcement published on BU Today last week, when asked “what steps are being taken to ensure that other sites, like 808 Comm Ave, are able to handle the increased capacity”, the collection site operations director only answered that the canceling of the Kilachand Center site in July increased the number of the booths at 808 Comm Ave, and keeping the same number of staff on board. No mention was made of the number of appointments. No further question was asked about the number of appointments. Later in the article there was some confusing statement about slightly expanded hours. Combined with the stressful experience of not being able find appointments (although I must agree that booking far enough in advance is good advice), it is only natural that one would come to assume that reducing the number of test sites is a cost-cutting measure that will hurt the BU community.

    I am glad that the testing capacity will, after all, not decrease. I am also glad that the university eventually realized the need to convey that more clearly. I only hope that such a decision would be communicated more effectively, and that in the future, such failures of communication would not be blamed on the BU community.

  2. I am very concerned that the administration is not taking the concerns of students seriously when it comes to finding testing, a critical part of keeping the campus healthy, safe, and open. While there might technically be enough open slots, they are not necessarily at the right times. I am not stuck to an undergraduate schedule, but I have gone to get tested at different times. When it’s between undergraduate class times, the line is incredibly long and when it is in between class times, there really isn’t a line at all. This tells me that students are unable to get appointments at times that work for them and schedule during their classes, only to show up after and create the long line. There were three sites on the CRC campus when hardly anyone was here last year, one site is not enough for this full return to campus.

    808 is also not very accessible to students with walking disabilities. I was on crutches for the first few weeks of the semester and still need to be careful with my ankle, and the entrance was quite far from the crosswalk on the green line and the BU shuttle only stops near it in one direction. While on crutches I had to wait in one of those huge lines, standing, and then crutch through the maze that is the testing center. Agganis was slightly more accessible, but that is now closed. Accessibility of testing sites needs to be addressed!

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