Vaccination information for faculty and staff
Employees are not required to be vaccinated or to report their vaccination status to the university. Employees who are dually employed with VCU Health System must continue to follow health system vaccination requirements.
VCU strongly encourages vaccination and boosters. Unvaccinated individuals are more likely to become infected and hospitalized compared to those who are vaccinated. Vaccinated-yet unboosted individuals are also at risk for breakthrough infection and possible hospitalization.
Frequently asked questions
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Q: What is the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines?
A: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Virginia Department of Health and VCU Health have developed frequently asked questions related to the safety and efficacy regarding the types of vaccines available.
For a quick reference of the three vaccines, download this guide from VCU Health.
Q: What if I’ve already had COVID-19 and acquired a natural immunity? Should I still get the vaccine?
A: Yes, according to the CDC, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That's because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. However, please consult with your health-care provider for medical advice specific to you.
Q: If I’m considering pregnancy, should I get the vaccine?
A: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that all eligible women, including those who are pregnant and lactating, receive the vaccine. It cannot alter your DNA or your baby’s DNA. However, please consult with your health-care provider for medical advice specific to you.