Penn COVID-19 Response

Vaccination Status and Return to Campus

The University has announced the vaccination requirement for faculty, staff, and postdocs, as well as for students. Beginning July 1, and in accordance with the latest Philadelphia Department of Public Health guidance, fully vaccinated students, faculty, staff, and postdoctoral trainees will no longer be required to participate in weekly Penn Cares COVID-19 screening testing. For COVID-related guidance for visitors to campus, consult the Visitors page.

Actions to Keep the Penn Community Healthy

The Penn community should remember that our decisions impact the lives and health of students, classmates, colleagues, and our West Philadelphia neighbors. The following public health measures remain our primary tools to minimize virus transmission:

  • getting vaccinated
  • wearing a mask when required and desired (see the latest guidance)
  • hand washing
  • staying home when feeling sick, and
  • completing daily PennOpen Pass symptom checker and exposure reporting.

As part of Penn's comprehensive public health program, hundreds of institutional actions complement these essential individual behaviors, including extra cleaning and ventilation checks in campus buildings – the Office of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety is responsible for a range of campus safety programs including those for COVID-19.


PennOpen Pass

PennOpen Pass is a daily symptom tracker and exposure reporting system designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading within the Penn community. 

For information on how it works, answers to frequently asked questions, the privacy policy, and other resources, visit the PennOpen Pass website.

PennOpen Pass

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