Find answers here to many of the more commonly asked questions. For additional concerns, students can see Contacts for Key Student Resources. Faculty and Staff may refer to the Who to Contact - Quick Reference Guide.

Vaccine

Last Updated: 08-05-2021

Last Updated 8-05-2021

For the latest updates of the effectiveness of the vaccine, including effectiveness against the Delta variant, see the CDC Vaccine Effectiveness page.

Last Updated: 08-05-2021

  • It is not known how long immunity from the COVID-19 vaccine will last.

Last Updated: 08-13-2021

New data recently motivated the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to change its stance and encourage pregnant and breastfeeding women to get the COVID-19 vaccine.  The new data showed the risk of complications after receiving the vaccine was very low, but the danger of not being vaccinated was very high. Researchers found COVID-19 increased a number of complications for pregnant women including preterm birth.

The agency also stated that COVID-19 increased the risk of severe illness among pregnant women. That translates to a higher chance of hospitalization, intensive care and use of ventilators.

If you have questions about whether the vaccine is right for you, please speak with your healthcare provider. While a conversation with a healthcare provider may be helpful, it is not required prior to vaccination.

Read the recommendation from the CDC. See the Pulse article on the new recommendation

Vaccine Requirement

Last Updated: 08-05-2021

Yes.

All EVMS employees are required to be fully vaccinated by October 1, with exemptions for medical and religious reasons. All students are required to be fully vaccinated by August 1, with the same medical and religious exemptions.

Effective September 1, all new hires who are not fully vaccinated will be required to obtain at least the first vaccine dose by their start date and the second dose (if applicable) within sixty days of employment.

Volunteers must also conform to universal vaccination requirements.

Last Updated: 08-05-2021

  • EVMS does not offer the vaccine at this time. However, it is very easily obtainable in the community and on a walk-in basis.

Last Updated: 01-19-2021

Last Updated: 09-15-2021

Effective Wednesday, Aug. 4, we are mandating masking for employees, students, volunteers and visitors inside all EVMS buildings regardless of vaccination status in accordance with new CDC guidance. The only exception is when a fully vaccinated individual is working alone in a private area.

Last Updated 8-05-2021

Fully Vaccinated Individuals must have proof of vaccination on file with EVMS Occupational Health. See the COVID-19 Vaccination page in myPortal for information.

People are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or two weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson [J&J]/Janssen).

Individuals who have received all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that is listed for emergency use by WHO do not need any additional doses with an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine. They are:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines (e.g., COMIRNATY, Tozinameran)
  • AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccines (e.g., Covishield, Vaxzevria)
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine
  • Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
  • Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine
  • Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine)

Last Updated 8-13-2021

Combating COVID requires a multi-faceted approach as well as flexibility. The COVID virus is a “novel” virus. As a result, our knowledge of the virus and effective mitigation strategies are constantly changing. Vaccination protects primarily against serious illness and death. Wearing a mask provides additional protection against the transmissibility of the virus.  See this video On the Delta Variant and Updated CDC Guidelines with Dr. Edward Oldfield III, Professor of Internal Medicine and an Infectious Disease Specialist.

Effects on EVMS Campus

Last updated 08-13-2021 

Effective Monday August 9, 2021, EVMS will not hold social events, either indoors or outdoors. Educational/research/business meetings may proceed as long as everyone is fully masked. Large (more than 50 attendees) indoor activities should be moved to a virtual format if possible.
 
Food remains limited to boxes/bottles, but should only be provided if essential to the success of EVMS educational/business/research activities. If food is provided as an essential part of an educational/business activity, social distancing of at least six feet is required.

Read the most updated events guidance. See the latest masking and social distancing regulations.

 

Last updated 8-13-2021

Effective Monday August 9, 2021, EVMS will not hold social events, either indoors or outdoors. EVMS events held off campus are subject to the masking and food guidelines. Large (more than 50 attendees) indoor activities should be moved to a virtual format if possible.

Find updated events guidance. Read the Masking and Social Distancing guidelines.

Last Updated 08-05-2021

The Brickell Medical Sciences Library, computer lab, classroom and service desk have returned to pre-COVID hours, and the facility is open 24/7 with some limitations. The most current details are available on the library website. You can contact individual librarians via the email address listed on the library’s staff web page

Exposure and Illness

Last updated 08-05-2020

If you are a student and feel sick: GO HOME (if on campus or at a clinical rotation) or STAY HOME and follow the updated Student Protocol – If You Have COVID-19 Symptoms or Think You Were Exposed for exposed or ill students.

If you are a faculty or staff member and feel sick: Notify your supervisor that you have symptoms then GO HOME (if at work) or STAY HOME. Then follow the updated Employee Protocol – If You Have COVID-19 Symptoms or Think You Were Exposed.

Last updated 07-27-2020

If you think you were exposed to a COVID-19 positive person, a Person Under Investigation (PUI), or have developed symptoms that you think might be consistent with COVID-19 please follow the instructions in the Employee Protocol – If You Have COVID-19 Symptoms or Think You Were Exposed. If you have symptoms: Notify your supervisor that you have symptoms then GO HOME (if at work) or STAY HOME.

You will need to have basic information about the COVID-19 positive person you were exposed to, including the date of the contact/exposure and the date the COVID-19 positive person was tested (if known).

Last updated 07-27-2020

You should send the employee home immediately. Both you, as the supervisor, and the employee need to follow the Employee and Supervisor COVID-19 Protocols and Testing Instructions. Please also refer to the Supervisor Protocol and the EVMS Communicable Disease Policy

If an employee reports to work without approval, please contact Human Resources immediately.

Last updated: 07-27-2020

Inform your supervisor and direct the employee to the Employee Protocol – If You Have COVID-19 Symptoms or Think You Were Exposed. Symptomatic employees should not report to work and leave work immediately if they are at work.   

Last updated 07-27-2020

Tell the employee to follow the Employee Protocol – If You Have COVID-19 Symptoms or Think You Were Exposed.  Supervisors should follow the Supervisor Protocol.

If an employee reports to work without approval, please contact Human Resources immediately.

Last updated: 03-31-2020

Contact EVMS Student Affairs at 757.446.5244 or 757.774.6577 immediately.

Last updated 07-27-2020

The coworker who has come into contact with someone who was sick needs to complete the Employee Protocol – If You Have COVID-19 Symptoms or Think You Were Exposed and follow protocol for communicating this information to the supervisor.

Patient Care

Last updated 07-27-2020

Call your primary-care doctor by phone to be screened for symptoms. All practices offer telehealth appointments to address any questions or concerns you might have about an exposure or syptoms of COVID-19.

Last Updated 03-18-2020 12:46 p.m.

Clinical protocols have been established and are available on a special COVID-19 Resources webpage in myPortal. You must use your network log-in credentials to access this information.  

Remote Work

Last updated 06-28-2021

Find a list in the Information Technology Remote Services Guide.

Last Updated 03-18-2020 12:50 p.m.

Before you leave campus, make sure you have established your DUO two-factor authentication to use EVMS webmail remotely. To reach the directions, you will need to log in to myPortal. DUO two-factor authentication is available here.

Last Updated 03-18-2020 12:50 p.m.

You may need a virtual private network, especially if you handle sensitive personnel, medical or student records. If you and your supervisor determine a VPN is needed, you must submit a printed and signed NIC Staff Virtual Private Network (VPN) Request Form. BEFORE DOWNLOADING the form, log in to myPortal, or find the form in the myPortal forms search under “VPN” Please note: the link is in the bold blue type.

Please be aware the network center is handling a historic volume of VPN requests. Your patience is appreciated.

Last updated 03-18-2020

Contact Telecommunications at  telehelp@evms.edu if you need to arrange to have phones forwarded offsite.

Safety Precautions

Last updated: 08-05-2021.

Effective Wednesday, Aug. 4, we are mandating masking for employees, students and visitors inside all EVMS buildings regardless of vaccination status in accordance with new CDC guidance. The only exception is when a fully vaccinated individual is working alone in a private area.

Social distancing will not be required in classrooms or meetings, but participants will be required to wear masks. 

Read the latest masking policy.

Last updated: 08-05-2021.

For those who are fully vaccinated, social distancing will not be required in classrooms or meetings, but participants will be required to wear masks. If meals are served, social distancing will be required during the duration of the meal. Boxed lunches and individual bottles are still required. Elevators are still restricted to 2 people per elevator.

Last updated: 06-01-2020.

Check with security for a disposable mask. EVMS has limited supplies for incidental use such as this.

Last updated: 06-01-2020.

For Employees: The request needs to be made to your direct supervisor and/or department head, who would then approve and forward the request to Materials Management. 

For Students: You may wear your own cloth mask or contact Student Affairs about obtaining a mask from EVMS at 757.446.5244 or studentaffairs@evms.edu

For more information, see the Masking and Hand Hygiene Requirements document.

Last updated: 06-01-2020.

NO. EVMS will not be testing or taking temperatures for the following reasons:

  1. Unlike the emergency room, the ICU, or busy patient care settings, academic settings are a relatively lower risk environment.
  2. Testing supplies continue to be limited and only provide information about the status of infection for one-time period. That status could change in an hour, a day, or a month after the test and so is not useful on an ongoing basis.
  3. Temperature readings in and of themselves are not a reliable indicator of illness. Our approach relies on self-identification of any number of symptoms that, taken together, might indicate illness.
  4. Self-monitoring of illness, wearing masks, washing hands and maintaining social distance have proved effective.

Therefore, based on guidance from the CDC and the EVMS Medical Group, EVMS has chosen to employ an approach that is supported by the data.

Last updated: 08-05-2021.

Read the Sanctions for noncompliance for those not fully vaccinated. Sanctions apply to EITHER the vaccination requirement or masking guidelines.

Last updated: 06-01-2020. 

Yes. Additional cleaning protocols have been added. For details, see the EVMS Housekeeping Protocols by Mission – COVID 19 document.

 

Travel

Last updated: 09-03-2021.

EVMS students with an international travel history within three weeks of being in the learning environment must complete the health screening questionnaire. See the What Do I Do section for the most updated information. Students with positive screens will be referred to EVMS Student Health. Domestic travel is currently exempt from this requirement, but that could change based on changes in the pandemic environment. 

See the most updated travel guidance, including domestic and international requirements.

Last Updated 09-03-2021

Read travel guidance for private travel by EVMS employees and students and travel related to Graduate Medical Education programs.

Testing and quarantine requirements vary for domestic and international travel and are determined by:

  • presence of symptoms,
  • possibility of exposure and 
  • vaccination status.

Last updated: 05-12-2021.

National and international business travel will be permitted after July 1, 2021, subject to the EVMS travel policies and COVID protocols as well as any additional guidance that may be issued by the CDC or VDH. For international destinations, please see updated guidance.

Visitors and Volunteers

Last updated: 07-01-2020.

See requirements for visitors

Last Updated 09-15-2021

Volunteers on the EVMS campus will have to conform to the universal vaccination and masking directives that apply to employees and students. Human Resources and Occupational Health are responsible for the onboarding of volunteers and that process mirrors onboarding of employees where applicable. 

Learn about COVID-19-related volunteer regulations. Read general volunteer regulations.