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Command Center: About, Report a Positive COVID Test, Report Vaccination

Posted by on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 in .

Public Health Central Command Center

The Vanderbilt Public Health Central Command Center (Command Center) is a collaboration between the Nurse Faculty Practice Division in the School of Nursing, Division of Administration, Office of the Provost, Vanderbilt Student Health Center (SHC) and Vanderbilt Occupational Health Center (OHC). The Command Center provides support and coordination for university testing strategies. As a part of these efforts, the Command Center conducts contact tracing with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. Along with contact tracing, the Command Center coordinates with supervisors, mentors, leadership and other community members as positive individuals and close contacts requiring quarantine are identified, providing support for the workplace, and living and learning communities. By launching these robust in-house contact tracing, coordination and support capabilities, Vanderbilt has established an organizational and case management structure to ensure timely coordination to protect and support the health and safety of the campus and Nashville community.

Positive Case/Close Contact Webform

Members of the Vanderbilt community who have received a COVID-19 positive test result or were informed they are a close contact from an entity other than Student Health or Occupational Health, regardless of vaccination status, should complete the following  webform. This includes those who utilize a VUMC walk in clinic other than Student Health or Occupational Health. The webform goes directly to the Command Center to ensure confidentiality.

Test results of individuals tested by Student Health and Occupational Health are routed automatically.

Individuals will receive communication from the Command Center about their isolation (if they tested positive) or quarantine period (if considered a close contact) and will be instructed to contact Student Health or Occupational Health if they develop symptoms.

Vaccination Record Submission

COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to be  safe and effective  at preventing infection by the virus, and experts believe getting the vaccine prevents serious illness and reduces potential transmission to others even if you do get infected. The rapid development and expansion of the vaccine is an unprecedented achievement in the history of medicine and is one in which scientists and clinicians at Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center  played  leading roles. This underscores the power of our university’s relentless pursuit of innovation and our mission to be of service to our community.   

Vaccine distribution is managed by each state, and in Tennessee, the state’s plan is coordinated by the Tennessee Department of Health in cooperation with each county health department.

Vanderbilt students can contact Student Health to schedule a vaccine if interested.  Faculty, staff and post docs who are VUMC patients can obtain a vaccine at VUMC and should contact their primary care physician, can schedule through the myHealth app and/or find more information here. Individuals can also look into options to be vaccinated in the local Nashville community.

Submit Your Vaccination Record

Vanderbilt students, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and staff can submit their vaccination records to the Public Health Command Center using a password-protected, self-service portal. These records will be maintained and treated as confidential by the command center. A picture or screenshot of the vaccination card, documentation, or an online medical record showing the dates of the vaccine doses will be needed. Email the Command Center at  if any problems are encountered submitting vaccination information to the system. 

Click on the vaccine tracker/submission form. (You will be asked to upload a copy of your vaccination card.) 

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