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Drive-Up Covid Testing and Vaccination in Atlanta: Viral Solutions

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Patients are Evaluated in Real Time by On-Site Viral Solutions Physicians and Physician Assistants.
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Covid Test Results Typically Arrive in One-Two Days.

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Viral Solutions Drive-Up Covid Vaccinations and Testing are Best in Class

Viral Solutions was founded by an Atlanta-based Emergency Physician and Physician Assistant to help find a way to resolve the current COVID-19 testing and vaccination crisis in Georgia.

We perform COVID-19 PCR testing, because it is the gold standard test. Our patients are evaluated in real time by a local team of Viral Solutions Physicians and Physician Assistants.

We have some of the fastest turnaround times in Atlanta, with reliable results typically arriving in one-two days.

Viral Solutions believes every person should have immediate access to the best COVID-19 testing available. No patient should wait to get a COVID-19 test. All patients—including the uninsured—should have easy access to COVID-19 testing, and that's what Viral Solutions provides.

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Recent News

Viral Solutions Partners with Atlanta Public Schools to Perform Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Testing and Surveillance

As part of Atlanta Public School's Return + Learn initiative, Viral Solutions has been chosen to spearhead the effort to perform rapid COVID-19 antigen testing and surveillance across the entire 55,000-student school system. This program begins roll out Friday, January 29.

The partnership is intended to limit the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the APS population during efforts to reopen schools for face-to-face learning.

Teachers and support staff will also have the opportunity to be tested weekly in efforts to help limit the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Atlanta Public Schools (APS) population.

"We are proud to partner with Atlanta Public Schools to bring rapid, reliable COVID-19 testing and surveillance to the community," says Viral Solutions co-founder and CEO, Ben Lefkove, MD. "We are prepared to help APS get through this pandemic, and help the families involved in the school system stay safe and thrive."

Atlanta Public Schools is run by the Atlanta Board of Education and led by superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring. The system has an active enrollment of 55,000 students, attending a total of 103 school sites: 50 elementary schools,15 middle schools, 21 high schools, four single-gender academies and 13 charter schools.

"As the largest provider of COVID-19 testing in Georgia, we are eager to bring our testing and surveillance model to a community that is near and dear to us," says Viral Solutions co-founder and President, Ron Sanders, PA-C. "We are delivering first-class testing to the heart of the Atlanta community. It's initiatives like this that drive us to do more and get better each day."

Listen to a WSB radio interview with Dr. Benjamin Lefkove and Ron Sanders, PA-C, founders Viral Solutions

After seeing the need for additional COVID-19 testing in the Atlanta area, this duo founded Viral Solutions in an effort to offer the best diagnostic testing possible in a timely manner for all, including the uninsured.

Dr. Lefkove and Sanders, PA-C, return to the show five months after their last visit to chat about how their business has since exploded. Their drive-up testing locations have become the largest single ambulatory sites in the state. They discuss their trials and tribulations on the pandemic front, adding vaccine administration into the mix, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions about Covid Vaccinations and Booster Shots

Q Is the Vaccine Safe?

Yes. In a large clinical trial conducted for the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID19 Vaccine, the vaccine was found to be both safe and effective. This trial was conducted on over 80,000 individuals, and subsequently millions have received the vaccine without additional reported issues. Moderna has similar effectiveness and safety when compared to the Pfizer vaccine.

Q Are there side effects?

Most people experience soreness in the muscle of the arm for about a day. A minority of people (<10%) get a fever from the vaccine. Other common side effects include headache, chills, and fatigue. These symptoms usually last a day or less, if they occur at all.

Q Which Vaccine are you administering?

We offer all three types of vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer, and Janssen/J&J), however what we offer on a day-to-day basis varies based on the supply provided by the State of Georgia. Please reach out to our staff at or on our chat at to get the latest updates on which vaccines are available at which sites.

Q Can I get my second or third dose with you if I got my first dose elsewhere?

Yes, absolutely. Please remember to bring your CDC vaccine card with you. If you lost your card, we can provide a new card.

Q How much does it cost?

There is no out of pocket cost for receiving a vaccination from Viral Solutions. We do bill an administration fee to insurance, however we DO NOT engage in cost-sharing. This means we do not collect ANY money from patients whatsoever (i.e. no copay, deductible, copay, coinsurance, or balance billing). If you are uninsured, we will bill the administration fee to HRSA, which is setup to cover the uninsured. More details about your rights as a patient, surrounding COVID19 vaccination billing, can be found here.

Q Is it effective?

All authorized COVID19 vaccines to date are highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID19. The effectiveness against variant subtypes of COVID19 varies, and is not fully understood. In the clinical trials evaluating the effectiveness of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, they were both found to be 95% effective in preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death. The limited data available indicates that it is likely at least 60% effective against variants such as B.1.1.7.

Q Do I need an appointment?

At this time, we are accepting all patients for vaccination, whether or not you have an appointment. Please feel free to drive up to any of our sites and request a vaccination. Please check site hours above before arrival.

Q Which sites offer vaccinations?

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Q Can I receive a vaccine if I am getting a COVID19 test?

Yes. As long as you are not having symptoms of COVID19 (fever, cough, difficulty breathing, chills, body aches), you are eligible to receive the vaccine. Even if your test returns positive, your vaccine is still effective and will help your body generate immunity to the virus.

Q Can I receive the vaccine if I am breastfeeding or pregnant?

Yes. There is limited data on use in breastfeeding and pregnant women, however it is generally considered to be safe. Pregnant women are at increased risk of complications from COVID19, and as such should consider vaccination to prevent severe illness. Given that the COVID19 vaccine is non-replicating, there is no risk to lactating women or the baby. Ultimately, getting vaccinated is a personal choice, and you should weigh the risks and benefits prior to taking the vaccine. Our on-site providers (Physician or Physician Assistant) are more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Q What vaccine is eligible for a third booster shot?
At this time, only individuals who received Pfizer are eligible for a booster (exception: if you received Moderna or Pfizer and are immunocompromised, you are eligible and should receive a third dose). Your booster shot should be at least 6 months from your second dose of Pfizer. Your booster will be Pfizer (not Moderna).
Q I’ve had two shots. How long should I wait until I get the third one?
Six months since your second shot.
Q Who is eligible to get a third booster shot?

The FDA and CDC have expanded eligibility for a third shot (booster) for people who received the first two doses of Pfizer. If you received Moderna, you do not need a third dose, based on the evidence available at this time. The expanded criteria include most of the adult US population.

The CDC recommends the following individuals SHOULD get a booster dose:

  • 65 years or older
  • Reside in a long-term care facility
  • 50-64 years old with chronic medical conditions (such as smoking, hypertension, diabetes, coronary artery disease, or obesity)

Additionally, the CDC recommends the following individuals CONSIDER getting a booster:

  • 18-49 year old with chronic medical conditions (such as smoking, hypertension, diabetes, coronary artery disease, or obesity)
  • 18-64 year old who work or live in environments that are high-risk for exposure and transmission (such as healthcare workers, grocery stores, teachers, etc)

Frequently Asked Questions about Covid Testing

Q What type of testing does Viral Solutions perform?

Viral Solutions performs molecular-based RT-PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing on nasopharyngeal samples. A small swab will be inserted into the back of your nose for a few seconds to obtain an appropriate sample. We chose to use RT-PCR because it caries the highest sensitivity for detection of COVID19. Our tests are approved for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID19) under an Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA.

Q What is the difference between rapid testing and PCR?

There are many different testing platforms available for detection of COVID19. "Rapid tests" typically test for the proteins on the surface of the virus. This test does not carry the same high-level of sensitivity as the RT-PCR tests that we are performing. It is VERY important that your test detect virus if present, as false negatives can result in you inadvertently exposing your friends and loved ones to COVID19.

Q How much will it cost?

All of our services have NO out-of-pocket cost to you. We will bill your insurance for the cost of the test. We do not "balance bill" patients, nor do we collect co-pays, deductibles, or co-insurance. Your insurance should not be charging you any out-of-pocket expense for this service, per federal law. More info here.

Q What if I am uninsured?

We welcome ALL patients, who believe they may have COVID19, to come and get tested. We do not charge uninsured patients for the cost of evaluation or testing. You will be asked to certify that you are uninsured at the time of evaluation.

Q How long will it take to get my test results?

Typically, results return in one-two days. One of our foundational principles is expedient turn-around of results, as it is vital that you have your answer as soon as possible. Your test results will flow directly into your patient portal, where you can view and print (if needed).

Q What do I do if my insurance company denies payment for care I received at Viral Solutions? Will I be billed for this?

No, you will not be directly billed. We stand by our policy of no out-of-pocket cost for our patients. COVID19 diagnostics (the "lab fee") and associated Professional Service Fees (Provider evaluation, determination of medical necessity, and test ordering) were addressed by the Federal government with the insurance reforms enacted in the CARES Act and associated HHS regulations.

These reforms specifically state that there will be no patient cost-sharing (copays, deductibles, co-insurance, balance billing, etc) for COVID19 Diagnostics. Please see here, here, and here for additional supporting documentation related to the CARES Act, COVID19 Diagnostics, and HHS Regulations surrounding COVID19 testing.

If your insurance denies payment, we will work directly with your insurer to inform and educate them on the fact that your service is covered within the confines of the law and current regulations. Please email us at if you receive a denial of coverage notice from your insurance company.

No Appointment Drive-Thru Covid-19 Vaccinations Are Here at Viral Solutions

And Yes, Viral Solutions Tests Kids!

If your child is in need of a COVID-19 PCR test, Viral Solutions has you covered. We've performed thousands of COVID tests on kids, so we have the experience to help your child get accurate, fast COVID-19 test results, with a minimum of fuss. We test children six months of age and older.

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