Health Guidelines

Updated May 25, 2023

Each member of the community plays an important role in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and keeping Yale healthy.

All students, faculty, and staff are expected to follow Yale’s health and safety guidelines and to serve as an example for their peers. 

Policies & Guidance

Testing Requirements

View current requirements and ways to test at Yale.


See latest guidance on mask wearing on campus.


Get vaccinated and boosted, and confirm your status.

Yale COVID-19 Outreach Program & Close Contact Guidance

Understand Yale’s process for identifying close contacts.

Isolation Guidance

Find out what to expect if you test positive and need to isolate.

Guidance for Those with Certain Medical Conditions

Info for the immunocompromised
and those with other underlying conditions.

If You Become Ill

What to do if you are experiencing symptoms.

Community Commitment

Pledge to follow campus health protocols.

See our Visitors Policy for guidelines around visiting campus. For general guidance around COVID prevention and recommended health protocols, please visit the CDC website.


Are Yale community members required to be vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19? 
The university strongly encourages all students, faculty, staff, postdoctoral/postgraduate trainees, and visitors to receive all COVID-19 vaccinations that are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and for which they are eligible.

Vaccination requirements remain for healthcare workers and trainees, including faculty, staff, and students working in settings where patient care is provided, or those who work with human research subjects in clinical settings.

Learn more about Yale’s Vaccination Policy.

If I test positive for COVID-19 using an at-home rapid antigen test (at-home test), do I need to report my positive result to Yale?
Faculty, students, and staff who test positive for COVID-19 with home tests or at non-Yale University testing centers should submit a photo of the test and any related medical records for review to Yale Health by completing the online form and are encouraged to call their health care providers to determine if they are eligible for treatment.

If there is a need to isolate due to COVID diagnosis or recover from a vaccine/booster, will Yale pay me or my staff member a normal salary and/or will we have to use paid time off?
From January 1 through June 30, 2023, regularly scheduled employees who are compliant with the university’s COVID vaccination program are eligible to receive, up to a total of two days:

  • One paid day off per COVID-19 vaccine or booster if experiencing a reaction.
  • Up to two paid days off if directed by a healthcare professional to isolate because of COVID-19.

In these cases, employees should speak with their managers, who will track absences manually or enter the correct Time Entry Code for hourly employees. For questions about the Time Entry Code, contact the Employee Services Center. If the employee requires additional days of recovery or isolation, and the employee cannot work remotely, the employee should use accrued paid time off.

COVID-19 related paid absences offered in 2022 do not carry over into 2023.

How should I provide instruction to students who are sick or isolating? 
Instructors are encouraged to be as accommodating as possible—to the extent pedagogically and practically feasible—with students who are required to miss class because they are experiencing cold symptoms or are in isolation. While instructors may make short-term individual arrangements for remote instruction for students who are isolating, they may not approve such arrangements for a period of more than two weeks. Longer term absences must be approved by the student’s dean or the dean’s designee. Deans or their designees have the agency to determine reasonable school- or unit-specific arrangements.