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April 21, 2021 – Faculty Return to Campus Update

Posted by on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 in Community Messages.

COVID-19 public dashboard update 

The COVID-19 asymptomatic positive rate for the week of April 1117 is .09% 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. 

Testing center closed May 2 

The COVID-19 asymptomatic testing center will be closed on Sunday, May 2, because of the 2020 graduate and professional Commencement celebrations taking place that day near the testing center. Individuals who typically test on Sunday are welcome to visit the testing center another day that week to test, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

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 can 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.  

Spring semester testing through May 11 

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.  

Summer COVID-19 testing 

Asymptomatic testing will resume on May 17 for those who will need to be on campus over the summer. Faculty who signed up for the optional asymptomatic testing program are welcome to visit the testing center or drive-thru in the summer as well. There will be no mandatory testing for Blair faculty this summer. 

  • 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 TuesdayThursday, 7 a.m.1p.m.