Effective January 18, 2022
- Effective January 18, to be exempt from the asymptomatic testing program the faculty, staff or student must provide proof of a booster if the individual is eligible.
- Testing protocols will be as follows:
- Individual who have not provided documentation of any vaccination – Required asymptomatic testing 2 times a week. These individuals will not separately be included in the sentinel testing program.
- Individuals who have provided documentation of completion of a WHO-approved vaccination series (for example, 2 Pfizer, 2 Moderna and 1 J&J) but have not provided documentation of a booster – Required asymptomatic testing once a week or on another frequency as determined based on the size of this population. These individuals will not separately be included in the sentinel testing program.
- Individuals who have provided documentation of completion of a vaccination series and a booster – exempt from asymptomatic testing. These individuals will be included in the sentinel testing program.
All testing protocols will be evaluated based on trends in positivity rate and case counts and are subject to change.
Student Health is open Monday through Friday. The Student Health on-call triage line can be reached at 615-322-2427 for additional questions or concerns. If Student Health is closed, students may call the VUMC COVID-19 hotline at 888-312-0847 for information about after-hours assessment site availability. This number is answered seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. central time.
In addition, the VUMC emergency department is available for severe symptoms. If symptoms are not severe enough to require an emergency visit, then for the safety of others it is extremely important to avoid prolonged close contact with others, wear a face mask/covering and practice strict hand hygiene while awaiting the Student Health Center to open.
An individual who lives on campus awaiting test results should shelter in place in their room or will be moved to quarantine housing, depending on their living situation. Students who live off campus should remain at home off campus minimizing exposure to others and keep their instructors/department chair/supervisor/mentor/lead researcher informed of their return-to-campus status. Once a negative test result is received, the individual should return to campus work, research, classes, and other activities. If a positive test result is received and the student tested at a facility other than Student Health, then the individual should remain off campus and immediately notify the Vanderbilt Command Center through this webform.
Faculty, Staff and Postdoctoral Fellows
Faculty, staff and postdoctoral fellows who have symptoms related to COVID-19 can be tested 7:30 a.m to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Occupational Health Express Care Clinic located in Suite 112 of the Medical Arts Building on main campus.
Staff with symptoms can also call the VUMC COVID-19 hotline at (888) 312-0847 daily, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to be assessed and directed to the nearest open testing site. Additional options include the Vanderbilt Health Walk-In Clinics noted here and the Vanderbilt Health Clinics at Walgreens noted here.
If options listed above are not open and the symptoms are severe enough, the individual should go to the VUMC emergency department.
An individual awaiting test results should remain at home, off campus minimizing exposure to others and keep their department chair/supervisor/mentor/lead researcher informed of their return-to-campus status. Once a negative test result is received, the individual should return to campus work, research, classes, and other activities. If a positive test result is received, then the individual should remain off campus and immediately notify the Vanderbilt Command Center through this webform.
The university is expanding the requirements for the existing asymptomatic testing program for faculty, staff, students and postdocs. Effective Jan. 18, individuals must provide proof of a booster, if eligible, to be exempt from the asymptomatic testing program. Testing protocols will be as follows:
- Individuals who have not provided any vaccination documentation will be required to test twice a week. These individuals will not separately be included in the sentinel testing program.
- Individuals who have provided documentation of completed vaccination but not of a booster will be required to test once a week. These individuals will not separately be included in the sentinel testing program.
- Individuals who have provided documentation of completed vaccination and a booster will be exempt from asymptomatic testing. These individuals will be included in the sentinel testing program.
Please note that individuals who were previously positive with COVID-19 should not test for 90 days from their positive test date. If you received a positive test outside of the university in the last 90 days and have not reported it to the Command Center, you must report your previously positive test to the Command Center in order to be exempt for the 90-day period. If the Command Center is already aware of your positive test, you do not need to test for 90 days from your positive test date.
The COVID-19 asymptomatic testing center is located on campus at the David Williams II Recreation and Wellness Center in the auxiliary gym. Individuals can park in lot 102 and will need to enter through the large doors at the back of the Recreation and Wellness Center, by the recreation fields and lot 102. Signage will direct you to the indoor testing center. Additionally, a limited number of drive-up testing parking places are available in reserved locations in lot 102 for those with mobility challenges or who otherwise prefer to remain in their cars.
For winter break 2021 and spring 2022, the testing center will be open:
Thursday, Dec. 23 through Monday, Jan. 3: Closed for winter break
Tuesday, Jan. 4 through Thursday, Jan. 6: Open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 7 and Saturday, Jan. 8: Closed
Sunday, Jan. 9 through Thursday, Jan. 13: Open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 14 through Sunday, Jan. 16: Closed
- Monday, Jan. 17: DELAYED OPENING: Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 18 through Thursday, Jan. 20: Open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Starting Jan. 24: Mondays through Thursdays: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Individuals do not need to schedule a time in advance to test and can visit the testing center during open hours. We will communicate with the community if the testing center hours should change in the future. Individuals should not eat or drink for 60 minutes prior to taking their test.
We highly recommend individuals download the Safer Community app in advance of visiting the testing center the first time. The app speeds up the check-in process and will also display testing results. More information on the app can be found on the following page. Information on the testing vendor (type of test, etc.) can be found here.
Individuals who need an asymptomatic test for purposes of travel or other special circumstances are welcome to visit the testing center during open hours. Please keep in mind, the VU Testing Program is designed to satisfy the COVID-19 testing requirements of the university and are not designed necessarily to meet specific test result requirements for every possible form of travel. If the testing results sent via email and the app do not satisfy an individual’s specific proof of test result requirements, or testing is needed outside of open hours, individuals should explore tests performed beyond the university testing center. Options include one of the Metro Nashville or TN assessment sites or other facilities including CareNow and American Family Care.
Individuals with symptoms should NOT visit the testing center and should follow the instructions for symptomatic testing outlined at the top of this page.
SENTINEL TESTING PROGRAM
Beginning Jan. 18, we will implement a sentinel, or random sampling, testing program to test groups of asymptomatic students who are on campus on a rotating basis, regardless of their vaccination and booster status.
- Testing will be provided through the university’s Testing Center at the Recreation and Wellness Center. Hours are posted on the Health and Safety Protocols website.
- You will be notified when it is time for you to test.
Our public health experts will continue to evaluate all testing protocols based on trends in positivity rate and case counts and will update them as needed to protect health and safety as much as possible.
THOSE PREVIOUSLY POSITIVE IN LAST 90 DAYS
You would be exempt from mandatory testing for 90 days as long as your positive test result is recorded by the command center. Positive tests from the VU Testing Center and Student Health are automatically reported to the command center. Positive tests from outside those two programs should be reported using the webform .
If the command center already has a record of your positive test result, then you will be exempt from further testing for 90 days after your test result and do not need to complete a pre-semester test. At the end of your 90 days, you will be automatically placed into the appropriate testing protocol based on your vaccination status at that time.
You can get a booster as soon as you are out of isolation as long as you are not treated with convalescent plasma, monoclonal antibodies, or have MIS.