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We frequently get questions regarding travel, student rotations, COVID-19 vaccinations, reporting procedures, and testing. Please see the information below and if you still have questions, Contact Us.

Travel Related

  • Current Travel Advisories

    Please review the Current Travel Advisories prior to planning and embarking on travel:

    REQUIRED FOR ALL TRAVEL, REGARDLESS OF VACCINATION STATUS:

    • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and train stations.
    • Self-monitor for symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Student Rotations

    Students whose clinical rotation schedules require traveling out of the area around the campus or out of state, are advised to check the COVID-19 infection rate for the area where they will be going. Students are advised to adhere to all infection prevention and control measures, e.g., face covering, hand hygiene, social distancing, and monitor for signs/symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status. Depending on the country, state, and local COVID-19 safety requirements, students may need to factor in quarantine period mandates as part of their rotation schedules. For example, if a state or country requires a 14 day quarantine period upon entry, students will need to adjust travel arrangements to abide by the 14-day mandate.

    For information related to travel in general, go to Travel in the US or International Travel Precautions.

  • Domestic and International Travel

    Travel is permitted in Canada and the domestic US provided that the University’s usual travel policies and authorization processes are followed. University business would include conference, training, and meetings.

    If your travel is not approved, the university will not be responsible for reimbursing any expenses should you still choose to go as it will not be university sanctioned travel.

    Note that international travel for all university business has been canceled until further notice. For more information related to international travel, go to US State Department Travel Advisories for up-to-date information.

    ALL other international travel must be reported, especially if you will be on campus or attending a clinical rotation site upon your return. Please complete the Travel Report Survey prior to your departure.

    For information related to travel in general, go to Travel in the US or International Travel Precautions.

  • Domestic and International Travel for Not Vaccinated

    After you travel:

    • Mandatory COVID-19 test 4-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
    • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
    • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
    • If you do not get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Domestic and International Travel for Fully Vaccinated

    Modified quarantine for vaccinated AND asymptomatic persons includes being allowed on campus provided:

    • Until negative test is reported, must wear and N95 respirator while on campus.

    You must also notify your clinical site that you have travelled internationally and follow any requirements they have for you to be on site.

  • Travel Allowed or Not Allowed

    Allowed

    • Business- or rotations-related domestic travel (including Canada).
    • Daily school- or work-related commute: traveling to and from any WesternU location, including driving, flying, or using public transportation. *
    • Personal international travel  must be reported if you will be on campus or attending a clinical rotation site within 14-days upon your return. Please complete the Travel Report Survey prior to your departure.

    *Post-travel protocols DO NOT need to be followed due to being considered essential travel.

    Not Allowed

    • Business- or rotations-related international travel (except Canada).
    • Travel made outside of the University’s usual travel policies and authorization processes
    • Personal international travel without following the University travel mandates listed above.
  • COVID-19 VACCINATIONS

    For more information regarding COVID-19 Vaccinations, please visit the CDC’s webpage. To receive a COVID-19 vaccine on the Pomona WesternU Campus, please visit the WesternU Health webpage for more information.

  • Where do I Submit Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster?

    Simply take a photo of your COVID-19 vaccine card (once you have completed the vaccines) and email it to stu-emphealth@westernu.edu. In the subject line, write COVID Vaccine. If you are submitting proof of a COVID-19 booster, take a photo of the card and send it to stu-emphealth@westernu.edu. In the subject line, write COVID Booster.

    If you are a new incoming student, please submit your COVID Vaccine record with your health clearance packet.

  • Can Someone get COVID-19 from a Vaccine?

    No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines being developed in the United States have the virus that causes COVID-19 in them. Sometimes people get a fever or feel tired for a day or so after getting a vaccine. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity. You can learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work at this CDC website.

    It usually takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. If a person got infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after they got a shot they could still get COVID-19. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.

  • If I Have Already had COVID-19, do I Still Need to get Vaccinated?

    Yes. According to the CDC, COVID-19 vaccination should be offered to persons regardless of a history of having COVID-19 infection, with or without symptoms.
    Natural immunity, which is gained from having the infection, varies from person to person. It is still unknown how long natural immunity lasts. So, if you have had COVID-19 and recovered, re-infection is still possible and it is still recommended to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Will Getting the Vaccine Cause me to Test Positive on a COVID-19 Test?

    No. Vaccines won’t cause you to test positive on a viral test (like the swab test) that looks for current COVID-19 infection. You may test positive on some antibody tests. This is because one of the ways that vaccines work is to teach your body to make antibodies.

    Learn more about Testing.

  • INFORMATION AND SUPPORT

  • If I Experience COVID-19 symptoms, Have a COVID-19 Exposure, or Test Positive for COVID-19, What Do I Do?

    Stay home and immediately submit the WesternU COVID-19 Report Survey. This will initiate the contact tracing process on campus. If you have any questions, please email COVIDTracing@westernu.edu.

  • If I’ve had Confirmed COVID-19, What is the Criteria to Return to Work/Clinical Rotations?

    Individuals with mild to moderate illness who are not severely immunocompromised can return to work:

    • 10 days after symptom onset AND
    • At least 24 hours since last fever without fever-reducing medication AND
    • Improvement in symptoms.

    Asymptomatic Individuals who are not severely immunocompromised should be excluded from work until 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test, assuming they have not subsequently developed symptoms. If they develop symptoms, follow above guidance.

    Symptomatic individuals with severe or critical illness that required hospitalization, or who are severely immunocompromised can return to work:

    • At least 20 days after symptom onset AND
    • At least 24 hours since last fever without fever-reducing medication AND
    • Improvement in symptoms.

    Employees with a confirmed COVID-19 infection do not need a medical clearance to return to work after they have met the isolation requirements as established by the local public health authority.

    STUDENTS: You are also held to the return to work requirements of the clinical rotation site you are currently assigned to.

  • What is the Difference Between COVID-19 and Influenza (the Flu)?

    Flu Symptoms

    Influenza (flu) can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.

    Flu is different from a cold.
    Flu usually comes on suddenly.

    People who have flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

    • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
    • Cough
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headaches
    • Fatigue (tiredness)
    • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

    *It is important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

     

    COVID-19 Symptoms

    COVID-19 symptoms range from mild to severe illness, and death.

    Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

    People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • Fatigue
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

    *This list does not include all possible symptoms.

    Key differences between COVID-19 and influenza include:

    • COVID-19 spreads more easily than influenza
    • COVID-19 causes more serious illness in some people
    • It can take longer for those with COVID-19 to show symptoms and they can be infectious for longer.

    Source: CDC Similarities and Differences between Flu and COVID-19.

  • COVID-19 Testing

  • Can I Get Tested Somewhere Other than WesternU?

    Yes. We accept outside test results but are unable to reimburse for any expenses incurred during community testing at an outside facility.

    Los Angeles County offers multiple testing sites, including one close to UCLA.

    Any outside testing must be reported to WesternU to COVIDTesting@westernu.edu. If you receive a rapid antigen test, it is only valid for the day that it was obtained. An RT-PCR test may be submitted if it was collected 72 hours prior to your arrival on campus.

    Learn more about Testing.

  • Are Appointments Required for COVID-19 Testing On-campus?

    Since testing is now provided through self-administered test kits, you must arrange a time to pick up a kit from one of your College representatives or from the WesternU Pharmacy during normal hours of operation (for Pomona Campus).

    Learn more about Testing.

  • What Happens if my Test is Positive?

    Individuals who test positive on the rapid antigen test should immediately report via the COVID Report Survey, go home and begin isolation.

    An RT-PCR COVID-19 test can be obtained for confirmation of test results. To obtain an RT-PCR COVID-19 test after testing positive on your rapid antigen test, please send an email to COVIDTesting@westernu.edu. Testing may be obtained at the WesternU PCC (Pomona Campus), but requires an appointment and referral from the COVID-19 Contact Tracing Team. WALK UP TESTING AT THE WESTERNU PCC IS NOT AVAILABLE.

    You may also obtain your own test for confirmation, but it cannot be an antigen test. It must be a molecular (PCR, viral RNA, or nucleic acid) test. Test results should be submitted here and you may receive clearance from the contact tracing team to return to campus depending on your situation.

    If you receive a negative molecular test after receiving a positive antigen test, you may return to on-site activities if:

    • You remain asymptomatic,
    • You are not under current quarantine or isolation orders (due to an exposure or travel). Instances where a negative molecular test after a positive antigen test will NOT allow you to come back to campus:
    • You had a “close contact” exposure to a known COVID-19 case in the past 10-days and were not fully vaccinated at time of exposure.
    • You are under current travel quarantine guidelines.

    Learn more about Testing.

  • I Only Come to Campus a Few Hours Per Day. Do I Need to Participate in Testing?

    Yes, if you come to campus at least once per week you need to participate in testing. If you have any questions about the surveillance testing, please email COVIDTesting@westernu.edu.

    Learn more about Testing.

  • What are the Consequences if I Choose Not to Test?

    If you fail to participate in required surveillance testing, you may be excluded from coming to campus and referred for disciplinary action through your College (for students) or Human Resources (for faculty and staff).

    Learn more about Testing.