VCU Together update for faculty and staff - Jan. 14, 2022

Return to campus, booster reporting, testing, PHEL leave and more for VCU employees

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 the changing guidance, best practices and circumstances related to COVID-19. This update will be a resource to help keep you informed as details become available. All updates are available at together.vcu.edu. Receive notifications by downloading VCU Mobile from your iOS or Android app store.

Booster shots required, employees begin reporting Jan. 24

VCU community members eligible for a booster must report receiving one to VCU by Feb. 1 or within 30 days of becoming eligible. The mechanism for employees to report boosters will be available no later than Jan. 24. Booster-eligible employees are encouraged to get their booster and have their documentation ready to upload in this new, easy-to-use system. You will receive an update with a link and instructions once the system opens for reporting. Vaccine and booster exemption requests can also be made through this system.

VCU community members must be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious exemption. VCU considers fully vaccinated to be 1) having received an initial vaccination shot (or shots) and 2) having received a booster shot when eligible. For information about how to report your vaccination and/or booster to VCU, visit the vaccine FAQ for employees

If you have not yet received your COVID-19 vaccination, you can get a vaccine or booster shot through VCU Employee Health. An appointment is not required, but you will need your VCU ID. You can also search for vaccine availability near you at www.vaccines.gov.

Working on-campus

Starting Jan. 18, employees will resume work arrangements agreed upon with their supervisors during the fall semester. 

Public Health Emergency Leave 

The Virginia Department of Human Resource Management reactivated Public Health Emergency Leave (PHEL) effective Jan. 10, 2022. All employees, including wage employees and adjunct faculty, are eligible for up to 40 hours of PHEL during the 2022 leave year (unless modified by DHRM) to attend to their own medical needs and/or those of their immediate family members due to positive cases of COVID-19. As with the prior PHEL allotment, some of this may be used for vaccination and recovery. The amount of PHEL for adjunct faculty and hourly employees is prorated based on average hours worked. If an employee uses all 40 hours of PHEL and needs more time away from work, they will then need to use their own leave. For details, visit the leave section of the HR website under “leave during the pandemic” dropdown box. 

Limited at-will testing available 

Limited at-will testing appointments are available for asymptomatic VCU community members. At-will testing appointments can be made for any reason other than symptomatic testing (i.e., if you have symptoms) or to comply with weekly surveillance testing (if required). If you are symptomatic, call 1-804-MYCOVID or 1-804-692-6843 for a referral for symptomatic testing. If you are required to participate in weekly surveillance testing, follow the instructions that are emailed to you from covidtest@vcu.edu

Location change for employee surveillance testing

Starting Jan. 24, the testing location will change for employees required to participate in weekly surveillance testing. Please check your email from covidtest@vcu.edu for details. This change allows VCU to accommodate additional testing opportunities for students and employees. Your flexibility is appreciated. 

Tested positive? Need a test? Been exposed? Contact MYCOVID

If you recently tested positive, have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19 — whether you are fully vaccinated (initial dose(s) and booster), partially vaccinated or unvaccinated — contact the MYCOVID call center at 1-804-MYCOVID or 1-804-692-6843 for further guidance. Through the MYCOVID call center, you can report positive tests (taken outside of VCU), report exposure to a known positive case, find testing opportunities on-campus or connect with Student Health Services or Employee Health.