VCU Together update for students

Public health measures, booster shots and vaccinations

Our priorities are the health, safety and wellness — both physical and emotional — of every member of the VCU community. VCU continues to monitor, assess and address situations as they arise. This update will be a resource to help keep you informed as details become available. All updates are available at Receive notifications by downloading VCU Mobile from your iOS or Android app store.

Everyday public health measures

The VCU community has shown great determination in complying with VCU’s vaccine and masking requirements. Together, these public health measures are paramount in keeping our students and employees safe, but we must remain vigilant with our everyday habits including handwashing, cleaning and monitoring our own health. Below are reminders about requirements for reporting symptoms and test results. For information about all public health measures, visit

If you are symptomatic (even mild symptoms) or test positive for COVID-19
Do not report to any campus activities and call 1-804-MYCOVID or 1-804-692-6843 to report your symptoms or test results to University Student Health Services or Employee Health. All university community members must follow this public health measure regardless of vaccination status. Call center representatives will ask you who you have been in contact with, so they can contact exposed individuals. Notify your faculty or supervisor that you will be absent from class or work. You are not required to disclose a reason. Note: COVID-19 infection in vaccinated individuals is less common; however, when breakthrough infections occur, symptoms are typically mild.

If you are exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19
You will be contacted by VCU’s contact tracing team if you are known to have been exposed to a positive case of COVID-19. Contact tracers will advise you regarding testing and quarantine/isolation. Vaccinated individuals will not need to quarantine unless they are symptomatic, however, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms, and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.

Booster shots and vaccinations

With the rollout of COVID-19 vaccination booster shots later this fall, vaccination appointment availability may become limited. VCU medical experts encourage those who have yet to receive a vaccination to do so as soon as possible. You can search for COVID-19 vaccine availability near you at For more information about vaccine safety and efficacy, visit the COVID-19 vaccine page on the VCU Health website.