Everything you need to know about COVID-19 health and safety for the start of the 2022-23 school year.

As Vanderbilt prepares to welcome students back to campus for the new academic year, the health and safety of the university community remains a top priority. The university continues to work closely with our university public health experts and Vanderbilt University Medical Center to ensure that our response to the COVID-19 pandemic is based on scientific and expert guidance to protect members of our community .

A public health landing page has been created that will provide information on various infectious diseases as needed. This landing page includes information about the university’s health and safety response to COVID-19. The University continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and will issue updated public health guidance as necessary.

Central Command Center for Public Health continues to support the university

The University continues to maintain a flexible and agile public health coordination function, the Central Public Health Command Center, which provides support for positive and close contacts, contact tracing and contact notification, coordination of testing subjects, acceptance of records for vaccinations and coordinating possible future booster clinics.

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

Members of the Vanderbilt community who have tested positive for COVID-19 should complete the followingweb form. This includes those using home tests or the VUMC clinic. The web form goes directly to the command center to ensure privacy. Test results of individuals tested by Student Health and Occupational Health are automatically referred. Individuals will receive a message from the command center regarding their isolation (if they tested positive) or quarantine period (if considered an unvaccinated close contact).

Where can I get tested for COVID-19? What are the testing protocols?

Asymptomatic testing requirements for members of the Vanderbilt community are currently suspended. Testing protocols will be evaluated based on trends in positivity rates and case numbers and are subject to change.

Symptomatic testing is available at Student healthExpress care for occupational health, Vanderbilt Health Walk-In Clinics, Vanderbilt Health Clinics at Walgreens and through others testing options.

Free Rapid Antigen Home Kits are available for the Vanderbilt community to pick up. Quick tests that you can do at home are also available at many retailers.

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 outside of Student Health or Occupational Health must report their positive test result to the Command Center via web form.

More information on testing is here page.

Where can I voluntarily submit my vaccination card?

COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are optional but strongly encouraged at this time. Vanderbilt students, faculty, postdocs and staff can submit their vaccination or booster records to the command center with vaccine tracking/submission form. These records are important for Vanderbilt to be able to release individuals from a quarantine period if they are identified at any time as a close contact.

How does quarantine and isolation work for individuals on and off campus?

Members of the Vanderbilt community who have received a positive COVID-19 test result from an organization other than Student Health or Occupational Health, regardless of vaccination status, must complete the followingweb form. Individuals will receive direct communication from the command center regarding their isolation. If you test positive:

  • You remain in isolation for five days after the onset of symptoms or after a positive test, whichever comes first. You may return to campus activities after five days of isolation if symptoms have improved or you remain symptom-free. You are required to monitor symptoms and wear a tight-fitting mask for five additional days.

If you are in close contact, you can continue to participate in campus activities, provided you are vaccinated and have no symptoms of COVID-19. You should monitor your symptoms and wear a tight-fitting mask at all times for 10 days. If you are not vaccinated, then you must quarantine for five days from the last exposure to the positive person.

People who live off campus will be isolated or quarantined by residence.

Campus residents are typically isolated or quarantined in their regular campus housing assignments. They will remain in their quarters at all times except to seek medical attention or get food. They will wear a well-fitting mask at all times when in shared areas. Roommates must also wear a well-fitting mask at all times in common areas and clean these areas regularly during the isolation and quarantine period. KN95 masks are recommended and available on campus for free. Limited isolation space is available on campus and will be reserved for campus residents who test positive for COVID-19 and who share a bedroom with a moderately or severely immunosuppressed student. In these cases, the campus resident who tested positive will be moved to an isolation home. Students with moderate or severe immunosuppression who will be living in a double room should register with Student Access and submit a request for this isolation accommodation as soon as possible. Students must be approved for housing before their roommate tests positive.

More details on quarantine and isolation can be found here here. More information about contact tracing can be found at the following address page.

Is there masking or other protocols?

The University continues to follow guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention based in Davidson CountyCOVID community level. People are encouraged to follow this guide. The Davidson County community level will be noted on the right side of each myVU newsletter.

Collection size limits are removed. Indoor gatherings can be held at full capacity. Visitors are welcome on campus.

More information about the protocols can be found here here.

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