Message to the VCU Community - December 22, 2021

Dear VCU Community,

As VCU monitors the Omicron variant, students, faculty and staff should continue to follow all health and safety measures. Remember: vaccinations and boosters are the most powerful tools, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that we have to reduce virus spread, illness and death. 

The emergence of Omicron further emphasizes the importance of vaccination and boosters. Booster shots provide additional protection to those already vaccinated and are widely available in our community. For more information about vaccines, including boosters, visit the Virginia Department of Health. To find an appointment near you, visit

Given the threat of Omicron, we urge you to prioritize your health and safety during the winter break, including following masking and hand-washing protocols.

If you are traveling over the break, refer to the CDC and U.S. Department of State to be fully informed of potential health risks in your destinations and the most up-to-date travel restrictions and requirements, such as testing and masking, that may be in place. 

We will keep you informed of any updates as we continue preparing for the Spring 2022 semester. 

All our best to you,

Fotis Sotiropoulos, Ph.D.
Provost and senior vice president for academic affairs

Arthur Kellermann, M.D., M.P.H.
Senior vice president for health sciences at VCU and CEO of VCU Health System 

Meredith L. Weiss, Ph.D.
Vice president for administration