All Updates Danforth Digest

Vaccine available; admitted student visits; walk-up testing

Vaccine now available for faculty, staff and family members over 18

COVID-19 vaccination appointments are now available through the university for all Washington University faculty and staff and their family members ages 18 and older. At this time, all appointments through the university will be for the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine, which requires only one dose. “One and done!”

If you preregistered through the university (this is different from preregistering through BJC or other organizations), you should have received an email invitation to make an appointment. If you haven’t preregistered, you may do so now and you will receive an invitation promptly. Appointments may be available for as soon as this afternoon.

Click here to preregister yourself and your family members. At this time we are only vaccinating individuals ages 18 or older, but you may also preregister family members who are 16 or 17. We also encourage you to continue to preregister yourself and family members through BJC and other organizations and take the first appointment that becomes available.

All three vaccines authorized for use in the U.S. “have been shown to provide safe and highly effective protection against serious illness, hospitalization and death due to COVID-19,” according to WashU infectious diseases physician Rachel Presti, MD, PhD. Learn more in this article on the School of Medicine website.

Note for students: We anticipate inviting students who have not yet been vaccinated to make appointments within the next few days. If you have not already preregistered to receive the vaccine through the university, please do so now.

For more information, visit the COVID-19 vaccine FAQ page or email with questions about your registration or appointment.

Admitted students now allowed to visit campus

Last week the university began welcoming admitted students to campus for WashU Walk-Through, a two-hour outdoor experience that includes a self-guided tour and the opportunity to see a mock residence hall room. All visitors are required to complete a self-screening and to follow all COVID-19 public health requirements, and preregistration is required. Learn more about the new incoming class in the Source.

Walk-up testing in Mudd Field

A reminder that walk-up testing continues to be available to any Washington University student who is concerned that they may have been exposed to COVID-19. This testing, which will be provided at no cost, is available in the Mudd Field tent from 8 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and from 8 to 11:40 a.m. on Fridays. Capacity may be limited, depending on demand, but we will do our best to accommodate all students who come in for testing.

Surveillance testing of all undergraduate students continues to be required every other week. Undergraduates should still make their regular appointments through the scheduling website.

Fear and theater in the time of COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of live theater events on the Danforth Campus, but it also created an opportunity to do something completely new. One idea was to commission short plays from alumni writers, which would be staged in virtual productions and assembled as a package. The result is “Homecoming Voices,” a collection of four short works written by four celebrated alumni of the Performing Arts Department (PAD) in Arts & Sciences. The plays begin streaming via the PAD website and will be available through May 2. Read more about the productions here.