As Vanderbilt prepares to welcome students to campus for a 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 science and expert guidance to protect members of our community.
or Public Health Landing Page is designed to provide information on various infectious diseases as needed. This landing page includes information on the university’s health and safety response to COVID-19. The University is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and will issue updated public health guidance as needed.
Public Health Central Command Center continues to support the university
The University continues to maintain a flexible and agile public health coordination function Public Health Central Command Centerwhich provides support for positive and close contact individuals, contact tracing and contact notifications, coordination of test subjects, retrieval of vaccination records, and coordination of potential future booster clinics.
What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?
Members of the Vanderbilt community who have received a positive COVID-19 test result must complete the followingwebform. This includes those using tests at home or a VUMC clinic. The web form goes directly to the Command Center to ensure confidentiality. The test results of individuals tested by Student Health and Occupational Health are automatically passed. Individuals will receive communication from the Command Center about their isolation (if tested positive) or quarantine period (if considered an unvaccinated close contact).
Where can I be 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 counts and may change.
Free home rapid antigen kits are available to the Vanderbilt community for pickup. Quick tests you can do at home are also available at many retail locations.
Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 outside of Student Health or Occupational Health should report their positive test result to the Command Center through webform.
More information about testing is available here page.
Where can I voluntarily submit my vaccination record?
COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are not mandatory, but strongly encouraged at this time. Vanderbilt students, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and staff can submit their vaccination or booster records to the Command Center by vaccine tracker/submission form. This data is important for Vanderbilt to be able to exclude 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 entity other than Student Health or Occupational Health, regardless of vaccination status, must complete followingwebform. Individuals will receive direct communication from the Command Center regarding their isolation. If you have a positive test result:
- You stay in isolation for five days after your symptoms start or you test positive, whichever comes first. You may return to campus activities after five days of isolation if symptoms have improved or you remain asymptomatic. You are asked to monitor symptoms and wear a tight-fitting mask for another five days.
If you are a close contact, you can continue to participate in campus activities, provided you are vaccinated and do not have symptoms of COVID-19. You must monitor symptoms and wear a tight-fitting mask at all times for 10 days. If you are not vaccinated, then you should quarantine for five days from the last exposure to the positive person.
Individuals living off campus will be isolated or quarantined at their place of residence.
Campus residents will generally be isolated or quarantined in their regular housing assignments on campus. They will remain in their enclosures at all times except to seek medical attention or receive food. They will wear an appropriate mask at all times when in any common area. Roommates must also wear an appropriate mask at all times in common areas and clean those areas regularly during the isolation and quarantine period. KN95 masks are recommended and are available on campus at no cost. Limited isolation space is available on campus and will be reserved for campus residents who test positive for COVID-19 and share a bedroom with a moderately or severely immunosuppressed student. In these cases, the campus resident who tested positive will be moved to isolation housing. 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 isolated accommodation as soon as possible. Students must be approved for housing before a roommate can test positive.
Are there any masking or other protocols?
The University continues to follow the guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention based in Davidson Countycommunity level COVID. Individuals are encouraged to follow that guidance. The Davidson County community level will be noted on the right side of each myVU newsletter.
Stack size limits have been removed. Indoor meetings can take place at full capacity. Visitors are welcome on campus.
You can find more information on protocols here.