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What is the surveillance testing program?

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Surveillance testing is provided for free to students, faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars, and is an added safeguard to minimizing the spread of COVID-19.

Effective March 1, 2022, regular surveillance testing will no longer be required for vaccinated faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars working on-site. 

  • Fully vaccinated faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars should still test if experiencing symptoms, after travel or after exposure to COVID-19.
  • Unvaccinated faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars including those who have received a medical or religious accommodation are still 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.

Please note that Stanford’s Color testing program is not available for employee dependents. Attempts to add a dependent on Color’s testing platform will prompt an error message indicating this option is not available. Anyone who listed dependents before the error message was added should contact the Color Support team [] to remove their information. Non-student spouses and partners have separate testing accounts.

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