There is no evidence as yet that the vaccine stops some one from being infected and in transmitting the virus, so far all that can be said is that it reduces the adverse effects of the infection, less likely to get server symptoms.Feels like such a waste of time honestly given the following:
1 - Being voluntary essentially means that the entire thing is useless because if little Timmy doesn't like being tested but gets Covid, all his classmates are STILL at risk even if everyone else HAS been tested.
2 - Its been shown time and time again that using a negative test to prove you are safe is rediculous because, as others have said above, some of the tests give false negatives in a range of scenarios and also the fact that it only proves you were negative when the test was taken. You could still become infected between the time you were tested and the time you receive your result.
The only way to make this work would be to have a test that could get results quickly, within 20 minutes for example. That way, you could test every student and staff member on their way into school. Arrive at school, get your swap, wait outside for 20 minutes, if its positive, arrange collection, if its negative, allow them in.
The even BETTER idea though would be to have students and school workers higher up the vaccine list.
I understand that nursing homes were a large source of transmission in the early stages of this infection but honestly its the schools leading the charge infectionwise now. Surely having all kids vaccinated would stop them spreading it so much between eachother and their families??
This whole mass testing idea is just a grand scale waste of time and equipment in my view, it would be better trying to scale up vaccinations instead of rolling out testing to every person :/