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Visit together.vcu.edu for the university's latest updates and safety recommendations regarding COVID-19. 

COVID Vaccines

COVID vaccination is required for all students who will be on campus for any reason (excluding those with religious or health exemptions).  

  • Students attending fall classes must submit their COVID-19 vaccination or exemption through the Student Health Web Portal.
  • For more information, visit VCU's Covid Vaccine FAQs page for students.
  • Student Health shares records of student compliance with COVID vaccination requirements, including records of vaccination or of medical or religious exemptions, with university administration for the purpose of managing health and safety protocols. Any record of the provision of health services, however, remains confidential in a student's health record at Student Health, consistent with applicable laws and regulations.

COVID vaccines are available to students through Student Health.

  • Students can schedule a covid vaccine appointment online through our Web Portal.
  • Please do not schedule an appointment if you are under age 18 or if you have received a vaccine in the last 2 weeks.

For off-campus vaccinations, students can visit www.vaccines.gov.


What If I Have Symptoms?

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.

  • During regular business hours, call Student Health at 804-828-8828.
  • When the clinic is closed (including nights, weekends, and holidays), call the COVID hotline at 804-MYCOVID (804-692-6843) or the Student Health on-call provider at 804-828-8828.
What If I Am A Contact To Someone With COVID?

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 typically recommended for 14 days following your last contact with a COVID-positive case.
  • If you remain asymptomatic, COVID testing should be completed immediately AND 5-7 days after your last exposure.  Even if you test negative, you will still need to remain in quarantine.
  • COVID testing should also be completed if you develop any symptoms.

If you are fully vaccinated* and identified as a COVID contact, you do not need to quarantine.  However, you should monitor for COVID symptoms:

  • If you remain asymptomatic, COVID testing is recommended 3-5 days after your last exposure.  Please call Student Health to arrange for post-exposure testing.  You should also wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until you receive a negative test result. 
  • If you develop any symptoms, isolate immediately and contact Student Health at 804-828-8828 during regular business hours or 804-MYCOVID (804-692-6843) after hours.

*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.

What If I Tested Positive For COVID Outside of VCU?

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. 


 COVID-19 Patient Education

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) FAQs

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.

What is a coronavirus?

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.

What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?

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:

  • During regular business hours, students should call Student Health at 804-828-8828.
  • After clinic hours (including nights, weekends, and holidays), students can call the COVID hotline at 804-MYCOVID (804-692-6843) or the Student Health on-call provider at 804-828-8828.
  • Other VCU community members should contact their primary care provider.

If you are sick, it is important to follow CDC guidelines for self-isolation to prevent the spread of infection to others.

I’m sick. How do I know if it is coronavirus or something else, like the flu?

Coronavirus symptoms and flu symptoms can be similar.  Students who are symptomatic should self-isolate and call Student Health at the numbers listed above.

Does VCU offer COVID testing to students?

Yes, VCU offers both symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID testing options to students.  Click on the link for additional details.

  • Students with symptoms should schedule a phone appointment with Student Health to determine if testing is needed.  Students can get free COVID testing on-campus only if they are referred by Student Health.
  • Students without symptoms who have been identified as close contacts to a COVID-positive person may also be referred by Student Health for free testing on-campus.
  • Students who do not have symptoms and are not contacts to someone with COVID can volunteer for a limited number of free "at-will" testing appointments on-campus.
  • Asymptomatic surveillance (or "prevalence") testing is mandatory for residential students, students attending on-campus classes, and employees working on campus.  Selected participants will be contacted by email and must comply with testing.  Those who are fully vaccinated and have reported their vaccine record to VCU are exempt from this requirement.
How do I prevent coronavirus?

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:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Social distance (keep a distance of at least 6 feet between you and others in public settings).
  • Wear face coverings to decrease the spread of the disease to others (even if you do not have symptoms).  The CDC recommends that people over the age of 2 and people who do not have trouble breathing wear a cloth face covering in public areas.  Click on the following link to review CDC guidelines on face coverings.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily.
  • Don’t share drinks or food. 
  • Cover your cough.
  • If you get sick, stay home, self-isolate, and rest.
What is VCU doing to protect the campus community?

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.

Is the virus impacting travel?

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.