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April 21, 2021 – Undergraduate student 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 students 

Students can schedule an appointment to be vaccinated through Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Undergraduate students should have received a communication from VUMC on Friday, April 9, for scheduling.  

We strongly encourage all students to get vaccinated to protect your own health and that of the community. If for some reason the scheduling does not work for you to receive your vaccine through VUMC, we strongly encourage you explore options through the health department and other community providers. 

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. 

PLAN AHEAD: VUMC COVID-19 vaccine appointments for on-campus residents 

VUMC is currently only giving the Pfizer vaccine. It is given in two doses, 21 days apart. Residence halls close for all non-graduating students May 12 at 9 a.m. Residence halls close for all graduating students May 16 at 1 p.m. 

  • For graduating students: to complete both vaccine doses before departing campus, you will need to schedule your first dose no later than April 24, 2021.
  • Non-graduating students will not be able to stay on campus long enough to complete both vaccine doses through VUMC. We encourage you to find other options for the location you will be in this summer through  

Spring semester testing through May 11 

The asymptomatic testing program will continue through Tuesday, May 11. All undergraduate students should continue to test through finals until they leave campus. The testing center will be closed after Tuesday, May 11, for the spring semester. 

Class of 2021 undergraduates who are in the asymptomatic testing program are required to test during their regularly scheduled times through May 11.  

Class of 2021 undergraduates who have been learning remotely and will be returning to campus for Commencement are encouraged to visit the testing center May 911, but it is not required. 

Testing before leaving for the semester 

If you are in the asymptomatic testing program and are planning to travel during the summer and need a COVID-19 test, you are welcome to visit the testing center during open hours and use those results as needed. Results are available in the Safer Community app as well as through an automated email. 

The university’s testing program is designed to satisfy the requirements of Vanderbilt University and the surveillance testing program and may not be adequate for all travel. If the automated email and the app results do not satisfy specific travel requirements, consider getting a test performed outside the university testing program.  

Some options for additional testing include: 

Summer COVID-19 testing 

Asymptomatic testing will resume on May 17 for students 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 TuesdayThursday, 7 a.m.1p.m.