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Vaden Health Center is open for business and ready to support you during the COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19 Information for Students

In the interest of promoting the safest possible experience for our patients and providers, Vaden Health Center asks any student who wishes to be seen for a medical appointment to book a Phone Visit via the Vaden Patient Portal or to call the health center (650-498-2336) before coming in directly. Our medical professionals will advise you as to next steps.

For Covid Testing information, please see below:

  • Covid Testing for Symptomatic Individuals

    • We recommend testing if you have any of the following
      • Fever
      • New cough
      • Shortness of breath
    • We also recommend testing if you have 2 or more of the following
      • Chills or repeated shaking with chills
      • Headache
      • New lost of taste and/or smell
      • Sore throat
      • Muscle pain
    • Make a Phone Visit with a Vaden clinician if you think you have symptoms to determine next steps. Click here if you need assistance after hours.


  • Covid Testing for Asymptomatic Individuals (Additional information is available here.)
    • Verily Life Sciences is conducting COVID-19 screening for asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic students who are coming or returning to campus, and will be conducting ongoing surveillance testing for students who will be on campus until further notice.
    • An appointment is required for testing. You can register here. Slots for testing appointments are made available on an ongoing basis (in weekly blocks), so please check back if you are unable to book the date you need. (Note - you may only book one appointment at a time.)
    • Testing will take place at the Arrillaga Alumni Center (326 Galvez Street), and, starting in Winter Quarter, at Tresidder Union as well.. Students should not expect any out-of-pocket expense for this testing.
    • Plan to wear a face covering and practice physical distancing as part of this process.
    • Bring your Stanford ID
    • Students with significant symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell) should contact Vaden Health Services or another healthcare provider for evaluation and testing.
    • FAQs regarding Covid testing can be found here.

Additional Information on COVID-19

Note: If you have tested positive for COVID-19, please review recommendations from Santa Clara County.


Get updates about Medical Services, CAPS, CST, Weiland, Well-Being@Stanford and Cardinal Care during the COVID-19 outbreak here

If you do not have symptoms associated with COVID, but believe you need a test because of exposure or another reason, you can also schedule a test through Stanford Health Care without a clinician order:

 - If you have a MyHealth at Stanford account, you can make an appointment through Stanford Health Care's MyHealth website or via the MyHealth mobile app

 - If you don't have a MyHealth at Stanford account, you can sign up at (indicate no access code) OR call Stanford Health Care at 650-498-9000. 

Other options for testing include local pharmacies (many, but not all, Walgreens and CVS stores are offering testing).

If you are needing a test prior to travel, check with you airline, as many have now partnered with private labs to offer testing with guaranteed return times on results. Note - there may be out-of-pocket expense associated with these 'guaranteed' options, so be sure to inquire.

Vaden Services

Important Information for Students (last update 10.11.2020)

**Entrance Health Requirements (Incoming Students)**

If you have not yet submitted your entrance health forms, please do so immediately. Failure to comply will result in a hold on your future ability to enroll in courses. More information about entrance health requirements can be found here. Do your part to keep our campus healthy!

**Health Insurance Decision**

ALL incoming students are required make a decision about health insurance (i.e., to remain enrolled in Cardinal Care, or to waive coverage if using another plan) in their first 'registered' quarter of each academic year.

  • If you were registered for classes in Autumn Quarter, whether you were on campus or remote, and you decided to have coverage through Cardinal Care, that decision remains in place through the plan year end on Aug 31, 2021. You do not need to take any further action.

  • If you were registered for classes in Autumn Quarter, but were studying remotely and decided NOT to have coverage through Cardinal Care, and you are now coming to campus for Winter Quarter classes, you may be eligible to enroll in Cardinal Care as a qualifying event. Please submit a Service Now ticket to Vaden's Insurance and Referral Office to request enrollment. This option to enroll is only available for 30 days after the start of the Winter Quarter coverage period (i.e., until Jan 30th) and is retroactive to Jan 1, 2021.

  • If you were NOT registered for classes in Autumn (i.e., if you are a 'Winter Quarter entry' student) and you have not yet made your decision in Axess to acknowledge or waive enrollment in Cardinal Care, you need to do so ASAP. The deadline was Dec 15, 2020, but it has been extended to Jan 30, 2021 (no exceptions). If you take no action, the default is enrollment in the plan. More information about insurance can be found here.

**Access to Vaden Health Center Through Assessment of the Campus Health Service Fee ('Health Fee')**

Historically, the Health Fee has been a mandatory quarterly fee (tied to tuition) for all students living in the 9 Bay Area counties. Because of all of the unknowns and complexities asociated with the launch of the 2020-2021 academic year however, a decision was made to assess this fee ONLY to students living on campus in campus affiliated housing (so far, for Autumn and Winter). Students who are living in the vicinity of campus (or in California) and who wish to have care through Vaden may initiate a Service-Now ticket to request that the fee be assessed. The fee is $232 per quarter. 

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