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What’s the latest with the COVID-19 vaccine?

As the state of Missouri continues to work through its COVID-19 Vaccination Plan, we are keeping a close eye on developments and will communicate with the university community as new information becomes available. At this time, BJC HealthCare is one of the state’s approved suppliers of the vaccine and is distributing the vaccine to personnel on the Medical Campus, as well as other groups at the state’s direction.

Danforth Campus faculty, staff and students who wish to receive the vaccine when eligible are encouraged to pre-register on the BJC website. You may also wish to pre-register through your local municipalities and the other health systems, if you have the opportunity to do so.

See the COVID-19 vaccine FAQ for more information.

If I’ve already gotten the COVID-19 vaccine, do I still need to follow public health requirements?

Yes. Since we do not know yet whether the vaccine prevents infection or only eliminates or reduces symptoms, everyone who has been vaccinated still must follow all public health requirements. This includes masking, physical distancing, self-screening for symptoms, practicing personal hygiene, and for undergraduate students, participating in regular surveillance testing. See the COVID-19 testing page for more information.

What should I do if I’m having symptoms or think I’ve been exposed to COVID-19?

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you test positive, are presumed positive or believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you must report this information as follows:

All Danforth Campus students (on- or off-campus, undergraduate, graduate or professional)
Habif Health and Wellness Center, 314-935-6666 or COVID Call Center, 314-362-5056

Faculty and staff
COVID Call Center, 314-362-5056

Once notified of a positive case, Habif or Occupational Health will:

  • Provide guidance regarding testing, contact tracing, and any other steps you may be required to take. 
  • Communicate with the appropriate local health department.
  • Notify individuals in the university community identified as a close contact of the individual and advise them of next steps, including any required preventive measures such as testing or quarantine.
  • Contact your supervisor or dean to advise on any necessary follow-up within your school or department.
  • Advise and coordinate enhanced cleaning and disinfection of affected areas, if necessary.

Recent Communications

Plans for Commencement

We are so pleased to write to you today to let you know that, as long as conditions in the region remain favorable, we will be able to proceed with holding in-person ceremonies for both of your classes.

See all updates

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

or

COVID Call Center
314-362-5056

Faculty and staff

COVID Call Center
314-362-5056

COVID-19 Info Line

314-935-8300
Out of Area:
888-234-2863

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.