Health Guidelines

Updated July 14, 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 & Close Contact Guidance

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.

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.

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?
Staff members who need to isolate due to COVID or are recovering from a reaction to a vaccine/booster are encouraged to use sick time.

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.