Make a saliva test for COVID-19 available for children instead of the swab test.

Make a saliva test for COVID-19 available for children instead of the swab test.

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Rachel Tweeddale started this petition to The UK Government

We all agree that testing helps to stop the spread and keep the country safe. Children are returning to schools and face a COVID swab test with every cough or temperature usually experienced at this time of year. A swab test is an uncomfortable and highly distressing experience for a child and alternatives should be offered wherever possible.

Saliva tests have now been developed and should be prioritised for the most vulnerable groups, including school children and preschoolers who face a regular traumatic experience in the form of a swab test. We call on the government to spare thousands of children the experience of a swab test. If it's not currently feasible to roll out a saliva test we ask that the government prioritise this and take into consideration the deeply unpleasant nature of having a swab test as a young child. Children have enough to deal with in going to preschool and school during this pandemic - let's spare them additional trauma if we can.

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