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March 24, 2021 – Undergraduate student Return to Campus Update

Posted by on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 in Community Messages.

COVID-19 public dashboard  update

The COVID-19 asymptomatic positive rate for the week of March 14–20 is 0.32 percent, an increase from the previous week. The Vanderbilt community is strongly encouraged to remain vigilant in following all safety protocols. We continue to conduct contact tracing for each positive case to determine close contacts and to monitor areas of concern. 

Vaccine eligibility expands to 55+ and Phase 2a/2b 

The Tennessee Department of Health continues to move steadily through vaccine phases. Individuals 55 and older are now eligible, along with those in phase 2a and 2b. In addition, Gov. Bill Lee announced that all Tennesseans 16 and older will be eligible for a vaccine no later than April 5.  

Although Vanderbilt University is not a vaccine distribution site because we are not a health care center, we strongly urge you to explore every option available, including the local health department and other community providers, to get vaccinated—not just to protect yourself, but to help achieve a broad level of immunity in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19. Learn more about your options for vaccinations. 

Vanderbilt launches vaccine tracker/submission form

Vanderbilt students, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and staff can now 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. We strongly encourage members of the Vanderbilt community to submit their vaccine records so that we can develop a broad understanding of the vaccine status of our community. This information, in conjunction with CDC and public health guidance from VUMC, will inform decision-making about campus protocols. 

Click on the vaccine tracker/submission form. (You will be asked to upload a copy of your vaccination card.) You can also find a link to this form in the Return to Campus website vaccine FAQ. 

At this time, undergraduates who receive a COVID-19 vaccination must continue to participate in the testing program. The CDC has recommended that those who live in close proximity, such as residential housing, continue to be tested for COVID-19 even after being fully vaccinated.  

Undergraduate students who have been vaccinated and are identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive will no longer need to quarantine if their last exposure to a COVID-19 positive person was later than two weeks after their vaccination process is complete. The vaccinated person will be exempt from quarantine from the two-week mark until 90 days after their vaccination was complete only if they have submitted their vaccination records to the Public Health Command Center with the new vaccine tracker/submission form. Read the COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ for additional information.

All members of the Vanderbilt community must continue to follow all campus protocols. We will continue to evaluate as additional public health information is released and update the community accordingly. 

Undergraduate fall housing registration mandatory      

Registration for the next academic year’s housing assignment process will begin April 1 and close April 5 at 6 p.m. CT.  

  • All students who plan to enroll in courses at Vanderbilt for the fall 2021 semester must register for the process during this time via the online Student Housing Portal 
  • To help students navigate the housing assignment process, the Guide to the Housing Assignment Process will be posted on the OHARE website on or before April 1 

Read more about the fall 2021 housing assignment process 

View today’s other Return to Campus Updates.