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Are masks currently required on campus?

Effective March 14, 2022, masking is optional for all Danforth Campus spaces. There is no limit on gathering sizes. See the Danforth Campus Mask Policy 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. Boosters reduce the risk of severe COVID illness, likely reduce the risk of acquiring COVID infection, and prevent the need to quarantine after exposure to COVID. 

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. 

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 and type in your zip code.

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

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.

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

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.

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.


Habif Health and Wellness Center


COVID Call Center

Faculty and Staff

COVID 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.