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April 28, 2021 – Faculty Return to Campus Update

Posted by on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 in Community Messages.

COVID-19 public dashboard  update  

The  COVID-19 asymptomatic positive rate for the week of April 18–24 is 0.12 percent, an increase from the previous week. The Vanderbilt community is strongly encouraged to remain vigilant in following all safety protocols.  

Vanderbilt to keep masking, physical distancing protocols in place  

 The CDC announced yesterday new guidelines regarding outdoor masking for vaccinated individuals when alone or in small groups. Vanderbilt’s COVID-19 safety protocols and mask requirements on and off campus will remain the same, whether you are currently vaccinated or not.

We will announce any changes to protocols after the COVID-19 safety protocols working group submits its recommendations in May. 

Have you gotten your vaccine yet? 

We strongly encourage you to be vaccinated to protect yourself, your loved ones and the community. VUMC is now offering COVID-19 vaccinations to all Vanderbilt community members. Faculty, staff and postdocs can schedule a vaccination through the Occupational Health Center.Other options can be found at 

Importance of submitting your vaccination record 

The university is working to determine the number of faculty, staff and students who have received a COVID-19 vaccine to create a plan for a safe return to campus for the fall 2021 semester. An accurate assessment of our community’s vaccination status is needed to inform protocols moving forward. The vaccine tracker is protected so that your information is safe. Click on the vaccine tracker/submission form 

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 nearby. 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.  

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.  

  • Summer hours will be Monday, 7 a.m.–3 p.m., and Tuesday–Thursday, 7 a.m.–1 p.m.