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Visit together.vcu.edu for the university's latest updates and safety recommendations regarding COVID-19.
COVID vaccination is required for all students who will be on campus for any reason (excluding those with religious or health exemptions).
COVID vaccines are available to students through Student Health.
For off-campus vaccinations, students can visit www.vaccines.gov.
If you have symptoms concerning for COVID-19, please STAY HOME AND CALL STUDENT HEALTH to discuss COVID testing. It is important to self-isolate if you are sick to prevent the spread of infection to others.
If you are not fully vaccinated* and have been identified as a contact to COVID, you should self-quarantine and call Student Health at 804-828-8828 to discuss COVID testing. Quarantine is usually recommended for 14 days following your last contact with a COVID-positive case.
If you are fully vaccinated* and identified as a COVID contact, you do not need to quarantine. However, you should monitor for COVID symptoms:
*You are considered fully vaccinated against COVID if it has been at least 2 weeks since you received the 2nd dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or 2 weeks since you received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 at an outside clinic/testing facility should also call Student Health at 804-828-8828 to report their diagnosis so that we can ensure student safety and accurate monitoring of COVID cases on campus.
The CDC is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus strain, COVID-19. It was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and continues to expand. This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. University Student Health Services is working closely with the Virginia Department of Health in order to respond as needed.
Detailed information about COVID-19 can be found at the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and VCU Health System's website.
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that range from the common cold to other viruses like MERS (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome) and SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). Coronaviruses commonly circulate in animals and sometimes also infect humans.
Symptoms related to this coronavirus strain can include fever/chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, body aches, headache, fatigue, new loss of taste or smell, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. In more severe cases, an infection can cause pneumonia and other complications, especially for older individuals and those with other health conditions. Students who develop symptoms should STAY HOME & CALL University Student Health Services to discuss testing:
If you are sick, it is important to follow CDC guidelines for self-isolation to prevent the spread of infection to others.
Coronavirus symptoms and flu symptoms can be similar. Students who are symptomatic should self-isolate and call Student Health at the numbers listed above.
Yes, VCU offers both symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID testing options to students. Click on the link for additional details.
Three COVID-19 vaccines are available for use in the United States. Getting vaccinated will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and be an important tool in ending the pandemic.
The following self-care habits are important ways to prevent the spread of COVID:
Please visit together.vcu.edu for the latest news and updates on COVID-19 safety at VCU. Safety measures for the fall semester include covid vaccine requirements for on-campus students, masking requirements, Entry Pass use, surveillance testing, contact tracing, enhanced cleaning, and other public health safety measures.
The university is following guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) on COVID screening and response protocols. Student Health Services is also working closely with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to protect the health and well-being of our campus community.
COVID testing requirements for all air passengers arriving in the US from a foreign country have been in effect since January 26, 2021. Please visit the CDC's website for the latest recommendations and alerts related to travel.