You may need to be tested for COVID-19 for different reasons. These include having been confirmed as a close contact of someone who is infected or having symptoms that may be a sign of COVID-19 infection.
If you’re a Vanderbilt patient and you think you may have COVID-19, call your primary care provider for help.
If you think your child may have COVID-19, call your family pediatrician or visit a Vanderbilt Children's After-Hours Clinic.
Vanderbilt does not give COVID-19 tests to persons without symptoms. If you have symptoms, we’ll examine you and order the tests our clinicians think you need. These may include other tests, like flu or strep.
It's important to test as soon as symptoms develop. We now have treatments to keep you from having serious illness, being hospitalized or dying. They work best given in the first few days of symptoms.
We continue to do COVID-19 testing for patients who aren’t having symptoms in the following circumstances:
- Upon admission to certain hospital units:
- Vanderbilt University Hospital: 10CCT, 11N, MCE6, and MCE7
- Monroe Carell: 6A/B
- Immediately before having a transplant.
- Before getting medicines that severely suppress your immune system at the discretion of the attending physician
- Before being discharged to a post-acute care facility (if required)
Otherwise, pre-procedure testing is no longer required.