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 public health experts at the university and Vanderbilt University Medical Center to ensure that our response to the COVID-19 pandemic is based on science and expert guidance to protect our community members.

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

Public Health Center Command Center continues to support the university

The University continues to maintain a flexible and agile public health coordination function, a Public Health Central Command Center that provides support for positive and close contacts, contact tracing and contact notifications, coordination of testing agencies, receipt of vaccination records and possible future coordination. 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 forwarded. Individuals will receive information from the command center regarding their isolation (if tested positive) or quarantine period (if considered an unvaccinated close contact).

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

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

Symptomatic tests are available here Student HealthOccupational Health Express Care, Vanderbilt Health Clinics, Vanderbilt Health Clinics at Walgreens and through others testing options.

Free home rapid antigen kits are available to the Vanderbilt community. 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 the positive test result to the Command Center. web form.

More information about the test is here page.

Where can I volunteer my vaccination record?

COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters are not mandatory, but are currently strongly encouraged. Vanderbilt students, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and staff may submit vaccination or booster records to the Command Center. vaccine tracker/submission form. These records are important to Vanderbilt so that individuals can be released from the quarantine period if they are found to have been in close contact at any time.

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

Members of the Vanderbilt community who have received a positive COVID-19 test result from an agency other than Student Health or Occupational Health, regardless of vaccination status followsweb form. Individuals will receive notification of their isolation directly from the Command Center. If you have a positive test result:

  • After your symptoms start or you test positive, you stay in isolation for five days, whichever comes first. If symptoms improve or you remain asymptomatic, you may return to campus activities after five days of isolation. You are required to monitor for symptoms and wear a tight-fitting mask for an additional five days.

If you are in close contact, you may continue to participate in on-campus activities as long as you are vaccinated and have no symptoms of COVID-19. You should monitor for symptoms and wear a tight-fitting mask at all times for 10 days. If you have not been vaccinated, you must remain in quarantine for five days after your last contact with a positive person.

Individuals living off campus will isolate or quarantine their residences.

Campus residents will generally be isolated or quarantined in their regular on-campus housing assignments. They will remain in their places at all times except to seek medical attention or buy food. They will wear a well-fitting mask at all times when in any shared areas. Roommates must also wear appropriate masks at all times in common areas and regularly clean those areas during isolation and quarantine. KN95 masks are recommended and available for free on campus. 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 student who is moderately or severely immunosuppressed. In these cases, a campus resident who tests positive will be moved to isolation. Students with moderate or severe immunosuppression who will be living in a double room must register with Student Access and submit a request for accommodation in this isolation room as soon as possible. Students must be approved for housing before a roommate can test positive.

You can get more detailed information about quarantine and isolation here. More information about contact tracing can be found below page.

Is there masking or other protocols?

The university continues to follow guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention based on data from Davidson’s County.Community level of COVID. Individuals are encouraged to follow this guidance. The Davidson County community level will be listed on the right side of each myVU newsletter.

Collection size limits have been lifted. Closed meetings can take place in full force. Visitors are welcome on campus.

You can learn more about protocols here.

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