VCU Together update for students - Nov. 12, 2021

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 is a resource to help keep you informed as details become available. All updates are available on this site. Receive notifications by downloading VCU Mobile from your iOS or Android app store.

5 things to do to help keep you healthy and on track as you wrap up the fall semester

  1. Start planning for exams. Exam week is scheduled for Dec. 14-21, and while that may seem a ways off, now is the time to start planning for exams. You can also visit the Keep on Learning website for tips about successfully finishing the semester. 
  2. Meet with your advisor. While most of your focus is on the now, do carve out some time to consider your plans for the near future. The Spring 2022 Schedule of Classes is available and your assigned registration date is posted. Now is the time to decide if you want to take Intersession and J-Term courses that are offered during the winter break. These two- and three-week courses count toward your spring enrollment and provide flexibility for you to earn credit hours in order to catch up, stay on track or get ahead.
 All students need to have their COVID-19 vaccination documentation on file with University Student Health Services in order to register.
  3. Determine if you need a COVID test before leaving campus for fall break. VCU is offering a limited number of exit testing opportunities to interested students and employees. Students and employees with travel or holiday plans, especially those who are unvaccinated or may have contact with at-risk family and community members, are urged to participate in exit testing
  4. Check to see if you are eligible for a COVID booster shot. While booster shots are not required, they are encouraged when you become eligible. Keep your booster information in a safe place alongside your original COVID-19 vaccination documentation. Click here to learn more about booster shots and eligibility.
  5. Get your free flu shot. You can get your flu vaccine at University Student Health Services at no charge. Appointments are required and may be scheduled via the Web Portal or by phone. You can also request the flu vaccine during a scheduled medical appointment. The flu vaccine is effective and does not cause the flu. All students are encouraged to complete the flu vaccine, especially those at high risk for complications (e.g., those with asthma, diabetes, HIV, etc.). According to guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 vaccines may be coadministered with other vaccines — on the same day, as well as within 14 days of each other.