Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to know about COVID-19 vaccines? Are they mandatory?
Vaccinations are mandatory for students returning for the fall semester.
Employees are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated. Employees are required to report vaccination information.
Are masks required for students, faculty, and staff?
In alignment with the Commonwealth of Virginia and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on masks, Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff who are fully vaccinated do not have to wear masks in most indoor settings.
Those who are unvaccinated are strongly encouraged to make an appointment for vaccination unless there is a medical or religious exemption. Those who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask in Virginia Tech spaces.
The exceptions for which masks are still required are:
- Riding Blacksburg Transit or other forms of mass transportation;
- Visiting or working at Schiffert Health Center; and
- Virginia Tech Environmental Health & Safety Occupational Health Clinic.
What are the current COVID-19 public health measures Virginia Tech is following?
Virginia Tech continues to follow Commonwealth of Virginia COVID-19 guidelines.
Face coverings: In accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Commonwealth of Virginia, fully vaccinated individuals on Virginia Tech campuses are not required to wear masks in most indoor settings. Those who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated are requried to wear a mask in Virginia Tech spaces.
Gathering sizes: As of May 28, 2021, Virginia Tech aligned with the Commonwealth of Virginia and relaxed all distancing and capacity restrictions and removed all limits on gathering sizes.
How do we navigate situations where some people are wearing masks and others aren’t?
As more and more people are vaccinated, and as guidance evolves in response, we can increasingly expect to see situations in public where some people are wearing masks and some are not. We support all Hokies who choose to wear a mask.
In true Hokie Spirit, we will respect these differences, acknowledging that we won’t know the circumstances behind each person’s decision. A masked person who is fully vaccinated might be cautious in a group setting and an unmasked person might be fully vaccinated and comfortable in public without a face covering. Our Principles of Community and our Community Wellness Commitment rely on our individual commitment to helping our community thrive.
How can I get tested for COVID-19?
Schiffert Health Center continues to offer COVID-19 testing for students. Students and employees may also receive a test through their local health district or at a local pharmacy.
If I’m a fully vaccinated employee, do I need to continue filling out the Hokie Health ✔️ self-assessment before coming to work?
Employees that are fully vaccinated do not need to complete the daily Hokie Health ✔️ self-assessment. However, they should pay attention to their health and stay home if they feel sick. Employees that are unvaccinated should continue to complete the Hokie Health ✔️ self-assessment, wear a mask, monitor for symptoms, and stay home if they feel sick.
How can I prepare for the fall semester?
Anticipating that the spread of COVID-19 will continue to diminish and that vaccination efforts will prove effective in preventing serious or deadly illness, Virginia Tech continues to prepare for a fully in-person fall 2021 semester. Details about the fall semester and updates about testing, vaccinations, and continued vigilance will be posted here and via VTx as they become available.
Employees and supervisors can find information on the HR Ready Resources page about workforce planning for summer and fall.