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What changes have been made to the plan for the spring semester?

As we have learned more about the omicron variant of COVID-19 and the effectiveness of various public health measures, we have determined that it’s in the best interest of the health, safety and well-being of our community to implement a number of changes. See the January 26 message to the Danforth Campus community and the updated Plan for 2021-2022 for details.

What testing will students complete at the start of the spring semester?

All Danforth Campus students will complete pre-arrival and entry self-testing before in-person instruction begins for the spring semester. See the student testing FAQ for more information.

Do I need to get a COVID-19 booster?

All students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged and expected to receive a COVID-19 booster shot if they are eligible to receive one. We are not requiring the booster at this time, but may do so in the future. After receiving a booster, students and employees should update their vaccination records on the Habif Health and Wellness Center website or the ReadySet portal, respectively. 

We are holding booster clinics on the Danforth Campus for students, faculty and staff in January and February. Make your booster shot appointment here.

Individuals who have already been approved for a COVID-19 vaccine exemption are not expected to receive a booster or request an additional exemption. Students who are participating in study abroad programs are required to receive boosters.

The CDC has recommended COVID-19 booster shots for everyone ages 16 and older. Booster appointments are readily available at most public clinics or retail pharmacies. To find a booster vaccine near you, visit https://www.vaccines.gov/search/ and type in your zip code.

Visit the COVID-19 vaccine FAQ page and the spring semester FAQ for additional information.

What should employees do if they are exposed to COVID-19 or test positive?

If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or have any symptoms, you may need to be tested or to quarantine/isolate, or both. To learn about what you need to do, visit the Exposure & Illness Procedures page on the School of Medicine website.

Where can I go to get a COVID-19 test?

If you have even mild symptoms of COVID-19, call the COVID Call Center at 314-362-5056 for guidance and to arrange for a test. The university is providing free diagnostic testing to all students, faculty and staff with symptoms.

Please note: The Call Center is currently experiencing a very high volume of calls and is prioritizing individuals who work in clinics and hospitals and cannot work remotely. Asymptomatic exposure testing is not currently available through the Call Center.

Non-clinical/hospital faculty and staff who are asymptomatic and need testing due to COVID-19 exposure should contact their personal physician, an urgent care center or a local pharmacy. Danforth Campus students should email habifpublichealth@wustl.edu.

Learn more about COVID-19 testing


Recent Communications

COVID-19 student testing information

In last week’s message with updates to our plans for the start of the spring semester, we said we would get back to you this week with more information about COVID-19 pre-arrival and entry testing. Please pay close attention to the following instructions.

COVID-19 Call Center Triage Update

The COVID Call Center is experiencing overwhelming call volumes. In order to ensure that we meet our critical health care workforce needs, we are initiating the following triaging process effective immediately.

See all updates

Booster Clinics

We are holding COVID-19 booster clinics on the Danforth Campus for students, faculty and staff in January and February. Make your booster shot appointment here.

Important Numbers

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have questions about your health, please call the numbers below for guidance and to learn about convenient options for testing.

Students

Habif Health and Wellness Center
314-935-6666
habifpublichealth@wustl.edu

or

COVID Call Center
314-362-5056

Faculty and Staff

COVID Call Center
314-362-5056

Please note: The Call Center is currently experiencing a very high volume of calls and is prioritizing individuals who work in clinics and hospitals and cannot work remotely. Asymptomatic exposure testing is not currently available through the Call Center.

School of Medicine

Visit the central COVID-19 resource for WashU Med faculty, students, trainees and staff.

St. Louis Community Updates

WashU joins the St. Louis community as we fight the COVID-19 virus to reduce its impact on the region. Read more on the Government & Community Relations website.