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International Students & Students Arriving from Abroad Arrival Testing and Vaccination Information

Posted by on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 in .

TESTING AND VACCINATION CHECKLIST 

Fully Vaccinated International Student and Students Arriving from Abroad Check List

  • Attend COVID-19 arrival test following arrival to Nashville/campus

Additional details regarding all requirements above are explained in further detail below.

 

Unvaccinated or Partially Vaccinated International Student and Students Arriving from Abroad Check List

  • Schedule your vaccination appointment(s)
  • Attend COVID-19 arrival test following arrival to Nashville/campus
  • Perform only essential activities for seven days after arrival
  • Following your COVID-19 arrival test, take a COVID-19 test weekly at the testing center until two weeks past your last dose of vaccine
  • Mask and physically distance until after you are fully vaccinated (2 weeks past final dose of a WHO approved vaccine and have submitted vaccination information to the Command Center). Continue to follow any masking guidelines published by the university following your vaccination.
  • Attend your vaccination appointment(s)
  • Upload your vaccination information to the Command Center vaccination portal

Additional details regarding all requirements above are explained in further detail below.

 

 ARRIVAL TESTING REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL STUDENTS ARRIVING FROM INTERNATIONAL LOCATIONS

In alignment with CDC guidance, all individuals arriving in the United States following international travel will need to take a COVID-19 test regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated or not.  Students should take their required COVID-19 test at the asymptomatic testing center on campus at the David Williams II Recreation and Wellness Center.

Students should plan to take their test within 3-5 days of their arrival during testing center hours (see testing center section below). We highly recommend students 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.

In addition, all individuals arriving in the United States should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.  If symptoms develop, students should seek care, including symptomatic testing, at Student Health. If Student Health is not open and symptoms are severe enough, the student should go to the VUMC emergency department.  If symptoms are not severe enough to require an emergency visit, then for the safety of others, it is extremely important to avoid contact with others, wear a face mask and practice strict hand hygiene while awaiting the Student Health Center to open.

 

FULLY VACCINATED STUDENT PROCEDURES FOLLOWING ARRIVAL

Students who are fully vaccinated (2 weeks past their final dose of a WHO approved vaccine and have submitted their vaccination information to the Command Center) can go about their normal campus activities once they have completed their arrival test unless their arrival test results as positive. If positive, you will need to isolate and will receive further instructions from the command center. Continue to follow any masking guidelines or protocols published by the university.

 

UNVACCINATED OR PARTIALLY VACCINATED STUDENT PROCEDURES FOLLOWING ARRIVAL

Scheduling Vaccinations

Students interested in receiving the Johnson & Johnson or Pfizer vaccine at Student Health can call the Student Health Center at (615) 322-2427 to speak with one of their nurse managers to schedule an appointment. Scheduling will not be available through myHealth.  Individuals who are under 18 can also schedule Pfizer vaccine at Student Health. Students who prefer the Moderna vaccine, can schedule at Metro Nashville or other community locations. More information is provided at https://www.asafenashville.org/ (for vaccination through Metro Nashville Public Health) and at https://www.vaccines.gov/ (for vaccines at other community locations).  We recommend scheduling your appointment prior to arriving. Students should schedule their vaccination (or first dose) to occur within a week of their arrival.

Essential Activities, Masks and Physical Distancing

Students who are not fully vaccinated must only perform essential activities for seven days following their arrival, and must continue to mask and physically distance.  Essential activities include, for example, picking up food, fulfilling academic obligations such as going to class and mandatory orientation activities, attending any required COVID-19 testing, and attending medical and vaccination appointments.  Once the seven-day essential activities window is up, students who are not fully vaccinated must continue to mask and physically distance until after they are fully vaccinated (2 weeks past their final dose of a WHO approved vaccine and have submitted their vaccination information to the Command Center). Continue to follow any masking guidelines or protocols published by the university following your vaccination.

Ongoing Testing

Students will need to continue to take an asymptomatic COVID-19 test at the testing center once a week until they are fully vaccinated (2 weeks past their final dose of a WHO approved vaccine and have submitted their vaccination information to the Command Center).  Students should visit the testing center once a week, during open hours, to complete their test. There is no need to schedule an appointment in advance – students will need to plan ahead and mark their calendars with testing center hours.  Once students have submitted their final vaccination information to the Command Center, they will receive an automated notice from the vaccination portal system informing them when they are 2 weeks past their final dose.  At that point in time, the student will no longer need to attend asymptomatic testing.

Submit Vaccination Confirmation to Command Center

Students should submit their vaccination records to the Public Health Command Center using the password-protected, self-service portal. To submit a vaccination record, please visit the following link. Students will need to submit their record utilizing the portal regardless if they received their vaccination at Student Health, VUMC or a VUMC clinic.  VUMC (which includes Student Health) does not automatically share your medical record with the university. A picture or screenshot of the vaccination card, documentation, or an online medical record showing the dates of the vaccine doses is needed. If you were vaccinated at VUMC or another medical provider, we can accept a screenshot of your vaccination record in MyHealth at Vanderbilt or from another medical provider’s online system.

 

TESTING CENTER LOCATION AND HOURS

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 testing center.

The testing center will be open:

  • Monday from 7am-3pm
  • Tuesday from 7am-1pm
  • Wednesday from 7am-1pm
  • Thursday from 7am-1pm

The testing center will NOT be open on Labor Day (September 6).

We will communicate with the community if the testing center hours should change in the future.

We highly recommend students 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.

 

ADDITIONAL FAQ

Additional information regarding the vaccination requirement can be found on the following page.