Vaccinated students and staff exempt from campus COVID-19 testing

MADISON, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Madison is exempting vaccinated students and staff from routine COVID-19 testing.

UW-Madison is following local and national public health guidelines as they make the decision to no longer require weekly testing for those who are vaccinated.

According to university spokesperson, over 15,000 students and employees received at least one dose of the vaccine so far. That number splits nearly even with 49.7% students and 50.3% employees.

University Health Services is offering the vaccine on campus, but people are encouraged to explore all their options.

“We are also encouraging employees and students to look for a vaccine wherever they can find it,” Meredith Mcglone said. “A local health provider, pharmacy, sign up with Wisconsin Department Health vaccine registry.”

Those who receive the vaccination on campus will have their information directly updated in their UHS portal. However, those who go off campus are given instructions to update confirmation of their vaccine.

Students and staff are asked to continue following COVID-19 safety precautions.

Mcglone says the university expects to reach 10,000 fully vaccinated people exempt from regular testing within the next day or so.

For more information about how the university is handling COVID-19 cases and vaccinations, click here.