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Vaccine preregistration; walk-up testing; summer programs to open

Preregistration now available for WashU COVID-19 vaccine distribution

As announced on March 17, the School of Medicine has received authorization from the state to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine and has received its first small shipment of supply. We have received a modest number of vaccines and will begin immediately to distribute these to members of the Washington University community and patients within the Washington University Clinics, in accordance with the rules set forth by the state and federal government.

The state has announced that it will activate two new phases in vaccine distribution in the upcoming weeks: Phase 2 on March 29 and Phase 3 on April 9. In anticipation of these phases of vaccine distribution, we have created a survey for our faculty, staff, trainees and students to pre-register for future vaccination sites managed by the university. Those with a valid WUSTL Key are able to preregister for themselves, their spouses, and/or their dependents who are over the age of 16. Please note that appointment scheduling is contingent on vaccine availability.

We respectfully request that you complete the preregistration survey by Friday, March 26, so we can attempt to order adequate supplies in coming weeks. Click here to complete the survey.

If you have already received your first dose of vaccine elsewhere, you must obtain your second dose of vaccine at that same location. We are unable to accommodate second doses only.

We recommend that you take the first vaccination appointment that becomes available to you. Please see our COVID-19 vaccination FAQ page for additional information.

Walk-in testing available for students in Mudd Field tent

Starting Monday, walk-in testing will 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, will be 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 will continue to be required every other week. Undergraduates should still make their regular appointments through the scheduling website.

Learn more in today’s message to students.

Summer programs, housing return for 2021

Summer Programs and Conference Services (SPCS) is welcoming back guests — with new guidelines and restrictions — for the 2021 summer season. Any programs and conferences that originate internally from Washington University departments and entities can be hosted on campus by SPCS under safety guidelines that all summer residents will be expected to follow. Additional approval may be required. Some specifics:

  • Internal summer programs and conferences only: SPCS will welcome summer conferences that are programmed by internal university groups only, but these programs may recruit both WashU and non-WashU students.
  • WashU student housing: SPCS will welcome WashU students only for individual intern and research housing. Housing will not be offered to non-WashU students this summer.
  • COVID Community Pledge; All summer residents will be required to take a COVID Community Pledge and complete a short course prior to checking in to their summer room assignment.

SPCS looks forward to welcoming back guests in the summer of 2021. For more information, visit

From FUSE: A year of innovation

Washington University has always been a place of innovation. Here, from our friends at the innovation and entrepreneurship hub FUSE, is a look back at how the WashU community — administrators, faculty, students and staff — rose to the challenge of the unprecedented COVID-19 emergency, innovating every step of the way.

watch video marking one year of COVID-19

‘What we’re made of’

This month marks one year since everything changed — our jobs, our lives, our spirit. Yet, as COVID-19 upended our days, the WashU community — our faculty, students, staff and friends — refused to lose hope. This video shows how, as we as a community have carried on and continue to serve the greater good. We thank you, and are hopeful for better days ahead.