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Academics

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us all and continues to do so as we work to find the best solutions possible while taking into account a variety of diverse needs and perspectives. 

As it has been from the start, the university’s approach to navigating the pandemic has been guided by science and the input of our team of health experts. As expected, we – like other communities across the country – are seeing a significant increase in COVID-19 cases due to the surge of the Omicron variant. While much more contagious than previous variants, evidence shows that the Omicron is a significantly less severe illness for most people, especially among vaccinated and boosted individuals. The majority of positive cases are reporting mild symptoms that typically resolve within a day or two. 

While we understand that many members of our highly vaccinated campus community who test positive may remain asymptomatic or have only mild symptoms, we also must protect the most vulnerable in our community and the surrounding Nashville area, which is why we have taken a number of actions designed to continue in-person learning while making health and safety a priority. These measures include delaying the start of the semester for undergraduates, instituting a Commodores Care period for students and the resumption of required masking indoors, providing KN95 masks for all students, faculty, postdocs and on-campus staff, required testing for returning students, and greatly expanding our testing program for the spring to support the health and safety of our community. 

As always, we continue to monitor the latest available data and respond accordingly to protect the health and safety of the Vanderbilt community. 

The dates for spring break (March 5–13) and Commencement (May 13) are unchanged. 

 

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COVID-19 Exposure and Wellness

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 outside of the VUMC system (e.g. Metro Public Health or another public health entity), should complete the following  webform. The webform goes directly to the Command Center to ensure confidentiality. 

Test results of individuals tested by Student Health  or VU’s asymptomatic testing center are routed automatically. 

Individuals will receive direct 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

Members of the Vanderbilt community can submit their vaccination record at the following link. 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 commandcenter@vanderbilt.edu  if any problems are encountered submitting vaccination information to the system. 

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. 

Contact Tracing

Contact tracing generally works as follows:

  • If an individual develops symptoms and is awaiting a COVID-19 test, receives a positive COVID-19 test result, or is identified as a close contact by contact tracers and is unvaccinated, then the individual stays home (or in the case of residential students, goes to quarantine space as directed by Dean of Students) until released. 
  • When a positive COVID-19 test result is identified, a contact tracing survey will be sent to the individual who tested positive. The individual who is positive must complete the survey which determines all of the necessary information for contact tracing.  A contact tracer will review the information submitted and contact the individual who is positive if further information is required.  
  • Vaccinated close contacts will receive notification and instructions by email. 
  • Unvaccinated close contacts will be called by a contact tracer, interviewed and given instructions for quarantine.  
    • Please note that during this process the name of the index case will be disclosed to possible contacts, but protected health information will not be disclosed. 

Per both Vanderbilt protocol and  CDC guidance, a  close contact  is defined as any individual who was within  6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic persons, 2 days prior to positive test collection) until the time the person is isolated. 

Things to remember: 

  • Incidental exposure such as walking by someone in the hallway, using the same equipment or the same area/room is not close contact. 
  • Surface contamination is not a primary pathway of concern per the  CDC. Public areas will be frequently disinfected  by Facilities/Plant Operations. 

Immunity eligibility for students

Students are expected to be forthcoming and honest when providing information to contact tracers. A student who provides information about their prior possession or use of alcohol or other drugs and any resulting intoxication, or prior violation of Vanderbilt’s COVID-19 protocols, during contact tracing will be eligible for immunity from disciplinary action in order to facilitate accurate information reporting. Similarly, a student who provides information in a Title IX investigation about their prior possession or use of alcohol or other drugs and any resulting intoxication or prior violation of Vanderbilt’s COVID-19 protocols, will be eligible for immunity from disciplinary action in order to facilitate accurate information reporting during the investigation. On the other hand, failure to be truthful and forthcoming during contact tracing will result in disciplinary action. 

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Positive Case

Members of the Vanderbilt community who have received a COVID-19 positive test result, regardless of vaccination status, must complete the following  webform. The webform goes directly to the  Command Center  to ensure confidentiality and someone will follow-up with you as soon as possible. 

Test results of individuals tested by Student Health or VU’s asymptomatic on-campus testing program are routed automatically. 

If you have received a positive COVID test result,  you should remain in isolation for 5 days after your symptoms started or you tested positive, whichever came first. You can return to campus activities after 5 days of isolation if your symptoms have improved or you remain asymptomatic. You are required to monitor your symptoms and wear a tight-fitting mask for 5 additional days. If you live on-campus, email  dosmazikcare@vanderbilt.edu  for isolation housing instructions. You will be exempt from mandatory testing for 90 days after your positive test date. 

Quarantine

Members of the Vanderbilt community who have been informed they are a close contact from sources external from the university, regardless of vaccination status, should complete the following  webform. The webform goes directly to the  Command Center  to ensure confidentiality . 

If you are a close contact: 

  • You should continue participating in on-campus activities provided you are vaccinated and do not have COVID-19 symptoms. You must monitor symptoms and were a tight-fitting mask at all times for 10 days.  
  • If you are unvaccinated, then you should quarantine for 5 days from the last exposure to the positive person and we recommend you test at day 5. 

If you develop any covid symptoms, you should get tested as soon as possible and shelter in place until you get a negative test result. For more information on testing, please visit https://www.vanderbilt.edu/coronavirus/faqs/covid-19-testing-2/ . 

You should notify your instructor, supervisor, mentor, or lead researcher of the impact to your attendance at in-person activities if any. 

If asymptomatic, testing can be done at the VU Testing Center. If individuals develop symptoms, they should test at Student Health, Occupational Health or VUMC or other testing location in the community. 

Officials with the university’s Public Health Central Command Center will continue to make determinations of quarantine periods for unvaccinated close contacts. Close contacts who reside on-campus and need to quarantine will move to quarantine housing. Close contacts who reside off-campus and need to quarantine will quarantine at their residences. 

Classes

Students in quarantine and isolation should contact their instructors to discuss a plan to access class material and make up missed work. Faculty will work with students as they do other times when a student misses class due to a medical condition. 

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COVID-19 Testing Quick Information

  • VU Testing Center at DWIIRWC is open Mondays to Thursdays 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for anyone in the VU community. 
  • Student Health is open Mondays to Fridays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for any symptomatic students. 
  • Occupational Health Express Care is open Mondays to Fridays 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for symptomatic VU faculty, staff or postdocs. Location is Suite 112 on the 1st Floor of the Medical Arts Building. 
  • Testing is available seven days a week at One Hundred Oaks during the surge for anyone with a known exposure or mild symptoms that don’t require a doctor’s visit. One Hundred Oaks facility is located at 719 Thompson Lane. The testing facility is on the first floor and is currently open on weekdays between 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and on weekends from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

Testing Protocols

Effective January 31, faculty, staff or student must provide proof of a booster if the individual is eligible to be exempt from the asymptomatic testing program.

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) who are eligible for a booster 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. Booster eligibility is based on CDC guidelines. 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 if eligible will be 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.   

Symptomatic Testing

Students 

Students who have  symptoms  related to COVID-19 should visit  Student Health. Student Health will instruct the individual on appropriate next steps. 

  • 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. 
  • Additional options include the Vanderbilt Health Walk-In Clinics noted  here  and the Vanderbilt Health Clinics at Walgreens noted  here. 
  • Testing is also available seven days a week at One Hundred Oaks during the surge for anyone with a known exposure or mild symptoms that don’t require a doctor’s visit. One Hundred Oaks facility is located at 719 Thompson Lane. The testing facility is on the first floor and is currently open on weekdays between 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and on weekends from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. 
  • 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. 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 in quarantine 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. 
  • Testing is also available seven days a week at One Hundred Oaks during the surge for anyone with a known exposure or mild symptoms that don’t require a doctor’s visit. One Hundred Oaks facility is located at 719 Thompson Lane. The testing facility is on the first floor and is currently open on weekdays between 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and on weekends from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. 
  • 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. 

Asymptomatic Testing

The VU Testing Center at DWIIRWC is open Mondays to Thursdays 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for anyone in the VU community. 

The university is expanding the requirements for the existing asymptomatic testing program for faculty, staff, students and postdocs. 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  

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. 31, 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 Vanderbilt’s Testing Center at the Recreation and Wellness Center.  
  • 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. 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. 

Testing Vendor

The university’s asymptomatic testing program is conducted in collaboration with  Shield T3. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has  approved  the Shield T3 under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). The asymptomatic testing program uses a saliva-based test and the commercially available TaqPath RT-PCR COVID-19 kit, developed and marketed by Thermo Fisher Scientific. A copy of Shield’s laboratory developed test validation report is available  here. 

In connection with the asymptomatic testing program, the university has designated an ordering provider within the university’s Public Health Central Command Center who interfaces with Shield T3. 

Testing samples are disposed of as medical waste and are not saved/stored by either Vanderbilt or Shield T3. Information about the university’s approach to protection of privacy in connection with its COVID-19 protocols, including testing through Shield T3, is  available here. 

In addition, the university’s contractual agreement with Shield T3 requires Shield T3 to comply with applicable federal and state privacy and security laws and regulations, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. 

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General Questions

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Health and Safety

Masking and physical distancing

We are ramping back up our masking protocols to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Masks are required indoors on campus at all times, except when roommates who are vaccinated are together in their residence hall room or suite. Physical distancing should be practiced when possible, such as when eating or drinking in your residence hall room or outdoors.

Make sure you have a well-fitted mask that completely covers your nose and mouth, preferably a KN95, KF94 or FFP2 version. Information about improving how your mask protects you can be found on the CDC website.

Type and Intended Use of Face Masks

Staff face masks are work attire. Face masks must be clean, plain and free of writing, logos or images other than those of Vanderbilt University. Departments may have additional face mask guidelines. 

Make sure you have a well-fitted mask that completely covers your nose and mouth, preferably a KN95, KF94 or FFP2 version. Information about improving how your mask protects you can be found on the CDC website.

Based on CDC guidance and recent updated studies, face masks need to fit the following criteria:

  • Face masks must adhere to CDC guidance.
  • Cotton face masks are allowed as long as they have multiple layers.
  • Any face mask with a one-way exhalation valve is prohibited. These masks allow the wearer to directly exhale into the air, and do not prevent the person wearing the mask from transmitting COVID-19 to others.
  • Neck gaiters are not approved.  The fabric used in neck gaiters has demonstrated through various studies as not being effective. Many neck gaiters are stretchy knit, synthetics or fleece. Those are the least tightly woven fabrics which are least likely to provide a high filtration efficiency. A mask should have a tight weave and low porosity. Other studies can be found here, here, here and here.
  • Scarves and bandanas are not approved, as based on studies they do not provide enough layers to be effective.
  • Face shields are not approved.

Use and Care of Face Masks

Putting on the face mask

  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer prior to handling the face mask.
  • Ensure the face mask fits over the nose and under the chin.
  • Situate the face mask properly with nose wire snug against the nose (where applicable).
  • Tie straps behind the head and neck or loop around the ears.
  • Throughout the process: Avoid touching the front of the face mask.

Taking off the face mask

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth when removing the face mask.
  • When taking off the face mask, loop your finger into the strap and pull the strap away from the ear, or untie the straps.
  • Wash hands immediately after removing.

Disposal of face masks

  • Keep face mask stored in a paper bag when not in use.
  • Disposable face masks must not be used for more than one day and should be placed in a trash receptacle.
  • Dispose of a face mask if it is visibly damaged (e.g., stretched ear loops, torn or punctured materials), dirty or visibly contaminated.

Care, storage and laundering of cloth face masks

  • Keep face mask stored in a paper bag when not in use.
  • Cloth face masks may not be used longer than one day at a time and must be washed after use.
  • Disinfecting method: Launder cloth face masks with regular laundry detergent before first use and after each shift. (Disposable masks are not washable.)

Gatherings and activities

Gathering  size limits will be lifted for  outdoor gatherings.  Outdoor areas should be used as community gathering spaces whenever possible. 

The university will allow for increased attendance at indoor gatherings. Indoor gatherings may occur at up to the full capacity of a given indoor space, including work, classroom and research spaces. 

For the health and safety of our campus community and any visiting guests, the university will limit large indoor events with a substantial number of visitors. Large outdoor events with visitors also may have additional requirements and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Off-campus activities may resume. 

For gatherings where the attendees will be limited to Vanderbilt faculty, staff, and students, individually packaged food and drink, individually plated or single-serve items, or a self-serve buffet monitored by staff (where attendees and staff monitors are masked) are allowed.

For gatherings where the attendees will include visitors, individually packaged food and drink, individually plated or single-serve items, or a caterer/staff-served buffet (where attendees are masked and servers are masked and gloved) are allowed and seating capacity must be reduced to 75% of capacity for the space.  Self-serve food & beverage options are not permitted at gatherings where the attendees will include visitors at this time.

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Policies and Compliance

Vanderbilt is utilizing software and tools to manage the Return to Campus response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The central repository for data will be housed on secure Vanderbilt servers. Special purpose software, Mazikcare, will be fed data from existing university systems as well as from the Public Health Central Command Center (“Command Center”). Along with the data feeds from existing university systems, the Command Center will enter data from Student Health, Occupational Health, results from the university’s COVID-19 testing program (which are made available to the Command Center through a secure web portal), and its own Contact Tracers (collectively “COVID-19 Data”) in an effort to improve safety on campus.

This Privacy Q&A is designed to inform you about how Vanderbilt collects and uses information provided when you or the Command Center use the COVID-19 Data and how Vanderbilt processes your personal information.

How Do We Use Your Information?

Vanderbilt has a legitimate interest in processing your data in order to better ensure the safety of the Vanderbilt community by aggregation and analysis of the data provided by or about each individual community member. The Command Center and other campus partners may use the COVID-19 Data to identify (for example through use of the VandySafe symptom checker) and respond to positive cases, to identify Close Contacts, and to manage quarantine and isolation. Privacy by design principles are imbedded in this process. Information is shared only to the extent necessary to address the risk to a particular individual and to community members with whom the individual may have come in contact.

Who Has Access to Your Information?

Vanderbilt’s guiding principle in the use of this data is to only permit access data to those with an absolute need to know the information. The data is only accessible by Contact Tracers, the Command Center staff and a limited technical support team with explicit permission to access the data and only with the controls of single sign-on and multi factor authentication. These individuals may share individual community members’ information with others (including those with a need to know such as, the Dean of Students, Staff supervisors, PIs, Building managers, et. al.) but only to the extent necessary. This data is only being utilized to ensure a safe campus environment. Vanderbilt does not share your information with third parties for any commercial purpose. (The data stored in the Mazikcare application is not accessible to anybody outside of Vanderbilt’s authorized users.)

How Long Does Vanderbilt Keep Your Information?

Vanderbilt will practice data minimization and only retain your information for as long as necessary to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 How Does Vanderbilt Protect Your Information?

Vanderbilt takes very seriously its obligation to protect the confidentiality of your personal information and use of such information complies with applicable privacy laws including HIPAA and FERPA as well as non-discrimination laws including the ADA and the FMLA. In addition, Vanderbilt uses a combination of process, technology and physical security controls to help protect your information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. The Mazikcare application, which is the technological hub of Vanderbilt’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is behind the single sign-on. A redundant security control for Mazikcare application is multi-factor authentication. Authorized users are bound by agreement to keep confidential all personal information which they access. These authorized uses have received training specific to their roles including training on privacy (including applicable privacy laws) and cybersecurity.

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Students, faculty, staff and postdocs will be expected to comply with all university policies and protocols designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 infection and promote the health and safety of the Vanderbilt and Nashville communities. We encourage members of the campus community to report when there are multiple counts of noncompliance or uncooperative behavior.

STUDENTS

Student violations of COVID-19 policies and protocols may be referred to the Office of Student Accountability, Community Standards, and Academic Integrity.

FACULTY

The Vanderbilt Faculty Manual provides that faculty may be disciplined for violations of the university’s standards of conduct. The process for reaching a decision to discipline a faculty member is overseen by the dean in consultation with the provost.

STAFF

The university’s progressive discipline policy states that a staff member can be disciplined for violations of protocols and procedures governing safety. The policy outlines a process for correcting single and repeat episodes of employee failure to comply with rules. Safety violations will be handled under this process.

Public Health AmbassaDores

In an effort to guide the university community in practicing healthy behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic, Vanderbilt has launched the Public Health AmbassaDore program to address questions regarding campus health and safety measures.

The program has been established as an additional resource for the Vanderbilt community to navigate changes on campus. As identified representatives of the university, the Public Health AmbassaDores will help promote social norms to create a safe working and learning environment for all within the Vanderbilt University community. AmbassaDores will model exemplary adherence to all university protocols, serve as peer models and sources of information for individuals on campus, assist with knowledge dissemination and help communicate across specific sub-communities, and more.

The first AmbassaDores selected for the program are VUPS community service officers, and the program will expand prior to the fall semester to include other individuals (e.g., facility/building managers, volunteers among staff, faculty, students).

The Public Health AmbassaDores will receive training, resources, and support to prepare them for the role.

The expectations of a Community PHA are that you are willing to provide community members with masks, sanitizer, or more information as needed about best health practices on campus. This volunteer position is a way for members of the VU Community to have the best available information to keep themselves and this campus healthy and safe.

CDC Website

Oracle Learn PHA Program Training Link

Becoming a Public Health AmbassaDore

You can submit this form yourself with departmental approval or have your department leader or manager submit on your behalf.

Once a form has been submitted you will receive a link to the Oracle Learn training that is mandatory to become a Community PHA.

After the training and quiz has been completed, you will receive a confirmation email that it has been completed.

Finally, a PHA team lead will reach out to you regarding next steps and how to receive PHA supplies.

Thank you for your interest!

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Spring 2022

I have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days. Will I need to participate in testing even if I don’t yet have the booster? 

If your positive test result has been reported to and processed by the Command Center, you will not be required to complete a return to campus test as we have a record of your previously positive status. (Please make sure that you have filled out the Positive Case/Close Contact form.) CDC guidelines state that individuals can receive a dose of the vaccine immediately after recovering from acute symptoms and once isolation is complete.

Do I need to complete a return to campus test if I have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days? 

If your positive test result has been reported to and processed by the Command Center, you will not be required to complete a return to campus test as we have a record of your previously positive status. 

I recently tested positive for COVID-19. Should I get the booster immediately or after 90 days of increased immunity following my recovery?  

Please work with your healthcare provider to determine the best course of action for your individual case. CDC guidelines state that individuals can receive a dose of the vaccine immediately after recovering from acute symptoms and once isolation is complete. Additionally, please make sure that you have filled out the Positive Case/Close Contact form. 

I got a booster but left my vaccination card in my dorm room and now can’t return until after Jan.10. What should I do? 

If you do not have access to your vaccination card, you can also upload a medical record with proof of your booster shot. Many healthcare providers offer online portals to download your most recent vaccination records. If you are unable to upload your vaccination status by Jan. 10, please upload it as soon as possible and the Command Center will notify you once you are exempted from the asymptomatic testing program.  

I planned to get a booster once I returned to campus, but that will now be after the Jan. 10 deadline for proof of a booster. Can I be exempted from testing once I get a booster after the Jan. 10 deadline?  

At this time, anyone without proof of a booster by Jan. 10 will be required to participate in campus testing. If you upload proof of a booster after Jan. 10, the Command Center will evaluate if or when you can be exempted from the asymptomatic testing program. 

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