CDC lowers Davidson County to ‘medium’ COVID community level; Vanderbilt to lift masking requirements

Vanderbilt University will lift its temporary masking requirement beginning Friday, June 24, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lowered Davidson County’s COVID community level to “medium.”

Throughout the pandemic, the university has followed the latest scientific updates and developed its plans in close consultation with experts at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, as well as national, state and local public health officials.

In the medium level, the CDC recommends:

  • If you are at high risk for severe illness, talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
  • Get tested if you have symptoms

COVID testing and vaccination reminders  

Symptomatic testing is available at the following locations:

  • Student Health is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for Vanderbilt University students. Travel testing for Vanderbilt University students is also available through SHC. Please consult their website for more information.
  • Occupational Health Express Care is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., for Vanderbilt University faculty, staff or postdocs. The Occupational Health Clinic is in Suite 112 on the first floor of the Medical Arts Building. Work-related travel testing is also available at OHC; contact OHC for information.
  • Vanderbilt Health Walk-In Clinics noted here and the Vanderbilt Health Clinics at Walgreens noted here offer COVID-19 testing.
  • More information on testing options through VUMC can be found here.

Free rapid antigen at-home kits are available for the Vanderbilt community (students, faculty, staff, postdocs) for pickup at the following location on campus:

  • Sarratt 310: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays.

Rapid tests that you can do at home may also be available at retail locations and are partially covered by Vanderbilt insurance.

COVID vaccinations and boosters are available through Student Health, Occupational Health, VUMC and community clinic locations. More information can be found here.

Report your positive test result to the Public Health Central Command Center. Information about what to do if you receive a positive test result or are identified as a close contact can be found on the Health and Safety Protocols website.