Helping Keep You Safe During COVID-19
Please don't delay important healthcare for your child—including all-important immunizations.
We've been here for your family all along, and that hasn't changed. We are taking a careful approach to help keep your child and family safe, along with our team members. Our safety actions follow recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other trusted experts.
COVID-19 is not the only threat to your child’s health and well-being. Many illnesses and conditions can cause serious problems. Good preventative care and early treatment can save lives.
We’re in this with you and your family, to help your child get care safely.
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How are you keeping us safe?
As always, our top priority is safety.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our safety practices have followed the guidance of experts like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC recently announced updates to its guidance about wearing masks and "social distancing." As a result, as of June 1, 2021, our practices on our campuses and in our hospitals, clinics and other buildings are as follows:
- Masks are required for everyone inside areas where we provide patient care—all hospitals and clinics.
- Masks are also required for everyone in areas where patients and visitors are likely to be. This includes hallways, cafeterias, lobbies and entrances to buildings that are used for both patient care and other work, like administration or research.
- Masks are required for everyone on all VUMC shuttles.
- Masks are not required outdoors.
- We no longer require spacing in many areas, including elevators, in waiting lines, on shuttles or at outdoor picnic tables.
- Capacity is still restricted in public areas like cafeterias because these are used by patients and visitors who may not yet be vaccinated.
- We no longer screen employees, patients and visitors for fever or other symptoms. However—just as before COVID-19—if you're running a fever or otherwise feeling sick, we ask that you not visit.
- We maintain restrictions on visitation. See the latest visitation policies here.
We'll continue to enforce the masking requirement inside patient care areas, as recommended by the CDC. As more people continue to get vaccinated against COVID-19 we'll continue to review our practices.
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How can I learn more?
The best way to stay in touch with Children’s Hospital regarding your child’s healthcare is to activate and use My Health at Vanderbilt, our secure online tool for managing care.
Telehealth visits occur inside this secure and private tool. My Health at Vanderbilt also lets you request appointments, view lab and test results, message with your child’s doctor, get prescription refills, pay your bill, update your personal and insurance information, get estimates of out-of-pocket costs and more.