Health & Safety
Ensuring the health and safety of the entire VMI community while operating in a COVID-19 environment requires modifications to virtually all aspects of the VMI experience.
Wash hands frequently.
Maintain social distancing.
Monitor your health.
Cadets experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms need to inform the Infirmary. Medical staff will determine the next steps of testing, isolation, quarantine, and/or contact tracing.
To ensure the safety and health of the VMI community, all employee and contractor COVID case reporting will process through Col. Jay Williams, director of emergency management. Please use the following process:
- Supervisor and/or employee to call 540-464-7877 or email EmergencyManager@vmi.edu to report a positive COVID case, quarantine due to contact tracing or upcoming medical care, and/or any other circumstance for awaiting testing.
- A member of the COVID team will contact the employee to complete an Intake Report and remain in communication with the employee until their case is closed.
The Institute Physician and our VMI Infirmary team are critical to successful continuation of in-person learning at VMI. The VMI community is also kept up to date on local vaccination clinics in the Rockbridge area through emails from Institute administrators.
COVID-19 Booster and Vaccine Clinics:
Clinics coordinated with VMI will be added here as they are scheduled. In the meantime, you can search for clinics in your area on the Virginia Department of Health VASE+ Vaccine Appointment Scheduling Engine. The federal government provides a VaccineFinder and a system for ordering free at-home tests.
In order to establish normalcy for the VMI experience, over the last year VMI implemented a suite of procedures and policies allowing us to be successful in our response to COVID-19. As a result of this success and new guidance from the state, VMI adjusted its COVID-19 vaccination policy from requiring COVID-19 vaccinations to highly encouraging COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters for incoming and existing cadets enrolled at VMI.
All policies continue to be reviewed and will be communicated as any changes are made.
International cadets with questions or concerns regarding vaccine availability should contact VMI’s Office of International Programs.
For contracted cadets in VMI’s ROTC programs, the U.S. military branches do require them to be fully vaccinated. No boosters are required at this time. Religious and medical waivers are able to be requested, and must be routed and approved through the branch of service. There is no guarantee the waivers will be granted.
For questions that are not addressed here, please contact the Office of Emergency Management at firstname.lastname@example.org, or the post infirmary at email@example.com or 540-464-7218.
Vaccines are free, and clinics remain active in the Lexington community and across the country. Cadets and members of the VMI community can also receive alerts about available vaccine clinics by signing up for the Alert Rockbridge Program.