COVID Testing information
Steps for COVID Testing of Rady Children’s Patients:
- Fill out Rady’s COVID online registration form that is available at www.Radycovidtestingform.org
- After completion, a Rady Children’s representative will contact you to schedule an appointment within 48 hours.
- Please do not arrive for testing if you have not been scheduled for an appointment.
- Please bring your Record ID with you on the day of scheduled testing for easy look up.
- If there is an urgent need for testing, email [email protected] or call 858-966-6776.
- After completing registration, you may receive an email to sign up for MyChart. Please follow the prompts to complete the process. MyChart will allow you to access your results as soon as they become available.
- Positive results will be called to the phone number you provide at registration.
- Please see more information on resulting under “How to Get Results.” This information is available at COVID Collaborative for Children (rchsd.org)
Where the Specimen Is Collected:
Swabbing Testing & Vaccine Clinic
8001 Frost Street Parking Lot San Diego, CA 92123 (Map it)
Hours: Monday-Sunday: 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Enter parking lot, take ticket and follow signs to the testing drive-through area.
- Please ensure that only patient(s) being tested and accompanying parent/guardian are present in the vehicle.
- Masks will be required at all times at the drive-through for anyone age 2 years and older. If you or any close contacts are symptomatic with fever, moderate/severe illness or suspected/confirmed COVID-19 please inform the nurse at drive-up.
If there is an urgent need for testing, email [email protected] or
If you have trouble getting a timely appointment, consider the following:
- The locations and hours of the sites available around San Diego County can be found at the following website:
2. Try the Private Covid Clinic: www.covidclinic.org they are offering no-cost testing for people that have been exposed and cannot easily get an appointment. It is unclear if you have to pay first and get reimbursed after.
COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations
Help Protect Your Child and Your Family
Getting a COVID-19 vaccination can help protect your child from getting COVID-19. Early information shows that the vaccines may help keep people from spreading COVID-19 to others. They can also help keep your child from getting seriously sick even if they do get COVID-19.
Information about COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens
Cases of myocarditis and pericarditis in adolescents and young adults have been reported more often after getting the second dose than after the first dose of one of the two mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna. These reports are rare and the known and potential benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the known and potential risks, including the possible risk of myocarditis or pericarditis.
Get a COVID-19 vaccine for your child as soon as you can.
- COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
- COVID-19 vaccines have been used under the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history, which includes studies in adolescents.
- Your child will need a second shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine 3 weeks after their first shot.
- Your child can’t get COVID-19 from any COVID-19 vaccine, including the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
- Your child may get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines at the same visit or without waiting 14 days between vaccines.
The Staff and Providers at CHMA are Optimistic that the COVID vaccine for children ages 5 years to age 11 years by the end of the month of November. To help you better understand why our Providers will be recommending that that you children ages 5 years and up, please click on the following link from the American Academy of Pediatrics: