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What is the surveillance testing program?

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“Surveillance” testing refers to regular testing for individuals who are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. Surveillance testing is provided for free to students, faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars, through Color Genomics, as an added safeguard to minimizing the spread of COVID-19. 

Student testing program (link is external)

The plan provides COVID-19 surveillance testing is available to undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Additional information on the student testing requirement is available on this page (link is external).

Faculty, staff and postdoc testing program: COVID-19 surveillance testing is available to Stanford faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars who work on-site at a Stanford location. Starting Sept. 20, on the recommendation of our Testing and Vaccine Policy Committee, regular surveillance testing will be required for everyone working on-site, regardless of vaccination status. Testing frequency is as follows:

  • Fully vaccinated faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars will be required to test once a week. This is already the policy for fully vaccinated students, but is a new requirement for these other groups.
  • Unvaccinated faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars will be required to test twice weekly for those working on-site four or more days per week. Individuals on-site three days or fewer per week are required to test once a week. This includes those who have not indicated their vaccination status on Health Check or cannot be vaccinated. 

Additional information on the faculty, staff and postdoc testing requirement is available on the Surveillance Testing page.

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