All Updates Danforth Digest

Summer guidance; Report your vaccination status; Understanding CDC guidelines

Summer public health guidance

The COVID Monitoring Team has approved updated public health guidance for summer on the Danforth Campus. The policies apply to screening, masking and physical distancing, as well as events, visitors and travel. These include:

  • With the exception of fully vaccinated employees, self-screening is still required for anyone coming to the Danforth Campus.
  • Until we know more about the vaccination rate on the Danforth Campus, all individuals must continue to maintain six-foot physical distancing requirements.
  • Masking is still required in public indoor spaces on the Danforth Campus. In private or semi-private environments (offices, private meeting spaces, break rooms, labs, classrooms/events/meetings with 30 or fewer people), if fully vaccinated, masking is optional.

Click here to see full updated guidance on the WashU Together website.

Update your vaccination status

In order to determine our ability to relax some of the public health restrictions on the Danforth Campus, we must first learn more about the vaccination rate of our faculty, staff and students. To voluntarily provide this information, please take the following steps:

Faculty and staff

  • Take a picture or scan your COVID-19 proof of vaccination. 
    • Please save the file in one of the extension formats: pdf, png, jpg, jpeg, txt, doc, docx, tif, tiff.
  • Log in to the Occupational Health Electronic Medical Record system, Readyset, and go to the “My Health” tab. Readyset is WUSTL key-enabled and all employees have a record. 
    • For a better experience, using Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Choose “Documents” from the side navigation and then click “Upload Document.”
  • Click “Select a File”’ to upload the document.
  • Name the file in the “Document Name”’ field.
  • Select “Document Type” and “COVID-19 Vaccination.”

Note: Faculty and staff who received the COVID-19 vaccine through the university do not need to upload documentation.


  • Upload an image of your COVID-19 vaccination record card in your student health portal by visiting the Habif Health and Wellness Center website and clicking on the link for “Log in to the student portal.” Please complete this no later than July 15.

The School of Medicine’s Bill Powderly on CDC guidelines

“We’re not telling people they’re on their own. We’re telling people, ‘You have a choice. You have a choice to get vaccinated, protect yourself or not.’ ”

When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced new guidelines for mask wearing last month, it caught many by surprise. Here, in the latest episode of “Show Me the Science,” William G. Powderly, MD, the Larry J. Shapiro Director of the Institute for Public Health and co-director of the Division of Infectious Diseases, goes deep with podcast host Jim Dryden about those guidelines, and what they mean for the Washington University community.

A celebration 373 days in the making

In a most unique and unprecedented day, WashU was finally able to celebrate its 159th Commencement, nine days after holding its 160th Commencement and 373 days after its originally scheduled date of May 22, 2020.

As Commencement speaker Julie L. Gerberding, MD, told the Class of 2020, May 30, 2021, was a day to celebrate “academic achievements surpassed only by your resilience.” Gerberding, the first woman to serve as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, spoke three separate times to the more than 1,300 alumni and their families who returned to campus on a beautiful Memorial Day weekend Sunday. Three ceremonies, two for alumni who earned undergraduate degrees and one for those who earned graduate and professional degrees, allowed the university to safely welcome any members of the class who wanted to return. Read more here.