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April 28, 2021 – Undergraduate student 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 1824 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 Pfizer vaccinations, provided in two doses, 21 days apart, to all Vanderbilt community members. At this time, on-campus residents who have not already scheduled their vaccine through VUMC will not be on campus long enough to receive the two shots before the residence halls close (May 12 for non-graduating students and May 16 for graduating students). Please seek out other options through 

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. All undergraduate students should continue to test through finals until they leave campus. The testing center and drive-thru testing area will close for the spring semester after May 11.   

  • 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 9–11, 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. The results 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 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.  

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