Methods: This was a cross-sectional feasibility study on a university research park in the East of England. All staff and students (5,625) were eligible to participate. All participants were offered 4 PCR swabs, which they self- administered over two weeks. Outcome measures included: uptake; drop-out rate; positivity rates; participant acceptability measures; laboratory processing measures; data collection and management measures.
Results: 798 (76%) of 1053 who registered provided at least one swab. 687 (86%) provided all four. 792 (99%) of 798 who submitted at least one swab had all negative results. 6 participants had one inconclusive result. There were no positive results. 458 (57%) of 798 participants responded to a post-testing survey, demonstrating a mean acceptability score of 4.51/5, with 5 being the most positive.
Conclusions: Repeated self-testing for COVID-19 using PCR is feasible and acceptable to a university population.