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April 14, 2021 – Staff Return to Campus Update

Posted by on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 in Community Messages.

COVID-19 public dashboard update

The COVID-19 asymptomatic positive rate for the week of April 4-10 is 0.18 percent, a decrease from the previous week. As the weather warms, it remains as important as ever to follow campus protocols and act responsibly as the pandemic continues. 

Vanderbilt’s on- and off-campus safety protocols remain in place

Despite the city of Nashville’s changes to restrictions on masks for outdoor settings, Vanderbilt’s COVID-19 safety protocols and mask requirements remain the same. Whether you are on or off campus, you are to wear a mask and stay physically distanced to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We have these safety protocols in place to protect the health and safety of every member of the Vanderbilt community and to prevent people bringing the virus back to campus. 

VUMC now offering COVID-19 vaccinations to all Vanderbilt community members

Undergraduate, graduate and professional students may begin scheduling vaccinations through Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Faculty, staff and postdocs are able to receive a vaccination through the Occupational Health Center. 

Submitting your vaccination record

Once you receive your vaccination, please immediately take a picture of your vaccination card so you can  submit your vaccination record to the university and to provide a record of your vaccine status in case you lose the original card. Staff who are two weeks past their last dose of vaccine will be exempt from the asymptomatic testing program. 

Spring semester testing

The asymptomatic testing program will continue through Tuesday, May 11.  

  • The testing center will be closed after Tuesday, May 11, for the spring semester. 
  • Drive-thru testing area will close for the semester after May 11. The location will also be closed on May 2 due to Commencement ceremonies. 

Summer COVID-19 testing

Asymptomatic testing will resume on May 17 for those who will need to be on campus over the summer. Individuals who are required to test as a part of the asymptomatic testing program in the summer will receive communications separately. 

  • The testing center and the drive-thru will reopen May 17 for summer testing. 
  • Summer hours will be Monday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. and Tuesday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.