Friday 30 October, 2020

JetBlue announces partnership with COVID home testing company

JetBlue has announced a partnership with a COVID-19 testing company.

JetBlue said it will partner with Vault Health to make COVID-19 testing widely available to customers with pending travel plans.

"The reliable at-home test option provides convenience to customers wanting peace of mind and those who must secure a negative COVID-19 test result before entering certain states and countries or in order to avoid certain mandatory quarantines," the airline said in a news release making the announcement.

JetBlue says the process will involve an at-home saliva test, administered via online video connection through Vault Health with a test supervisor who ensures the customer is providing their sample properly. The customer's sample is shipped overnight to a laboratory which processes and analyzes the specimen, and results are provided in 72 hours or less.

According to JetBlue, the test meets the medical standard many states and countries require to bypass a mandatory quarantine.

"As more and more regions reopen, many are requiring test results to enter. Now with easier testing options, those safety requirements may not be a deterrent for travel, but rather provide greater public health and peace of mind with little inconvenience," Joanna Geraghty, president and chief operating officer of JetBlue said.

According to its website, Vault Health offers an individual COVID-19 test and processing for $150.

JetBlue said the company created a dedicated page for JetBlue customers with current reservations, which will allows customers to provide their JetBlue confirmation code to start the process and receive a discount on testing. The airline did not specify how much the discount would be.

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