The well-being of our employees is our focus at Washington University. During the pandemic, we continue to provide real-time support for every aspect of employees’ lives – from physical and mental health to family care to flexible work arrangements – we want you to take time to take care.

COVID-19 boosters at Danforth Athletic Complex

Jan. 31  |   Feb. 1-4   |  Feb. 7-11

Schedule Your Booster Shot Appointment Now

Available from 8:15 a.m. – 3 p.m., appointment required.
Park in the Snow Garage on levels 3 and 4; validation provided. Make sure to complete your on-campus health screening, wear a mask and bring your WashU ID. Confirm your booster eligibility in the CDC’s guidelines.

Initial COVID-19 vaccines

Vaccines are required for WashU employees and available for dependents.

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Manager Resources

Find COVID-19 Manager Memos  and key resources to support your team members.

COVID-19 Manager Hub

Retail Pharmacy COVID-19 Booster Shot Appointments

If you are interested in obtaining a COVID-19 booster at a retail pharmacy, such as Walgreens or CVS, step-by-step instructions for finding a local retail pharmacy and directions to make an appointment are available below.

Step-by-Step Instructions to Schedule an Appointment at a Retail Pharmacy

Washington University strongly recommends faculty and staff to obtain a booster shot and record it in ReadySet. Booster shots reduce the risk of severe COVID illness, likely reduce the risk of acquiring COVID infection, and prevent the need to quarantine after exposure to COVID. Note: Individuals who have already been approved for a COVID-19 vaccine exemption are not expected to receive a booster or request an additional exemption.


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At-home COVID-19 tests now covered by insurance under new federal requirement

A new federal policy now requires private insurers provide coverage or reimbursement for over-the-counter/at-home COVID-19 tests. Please see information below regarding this new prescription drug benefit:

  • At-home COVID-19 tests purchased at participating in-network pharmacies are covered by the Washington University pharmacy benefit. Employees should present their Express Scripts member ID card when checking out. Express Scripts is in the process of automating their claims processing system so that you will not have to pay a copay at the time of purchase at an in-network pharmacy. In the interim, you will need to pay for the tests and then submit an Express Scripts Claim Form (PDF) to be reimbursed.
  • The plan will cover up to eight (8) tests per member, per month. As an example, a household of one covered employee, a spouse, and two covered dependents can purchase up to 32 tests per month. If a test is sold in packaging containing more than one test, each test is counted separately (e.g., one box = 2 tests).
  • Tests purchased at an out-of-network pharmacy may be submitted for reimbursement up to $12 a test. Please follow the instructions on the Express Scripts Claim Form (PDF) to submit for reimbursement.

For questions, please contact Express Scripts Customer Services at 1-877-880-1877.

Express Scripts COVID-19 medication update

If you are prescribed Pfizer’s Paxlovid or Merck’s molnupiravir, both of which are used to treat COVID-19, it is covered through Express Scripts.

Please note that this coverage is subject to the plans’ normal prescription drug copays/coinsurance provisions. Also, it is anticipated that the supply of these drugs may be limited, so Express Scripts recommends you call your desired pharmacy in advance to ensure supply.

Health benefit reminders:
Information on COVID-19 testing coverage, prescription home-delivery and virtual physician visits.

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Jessica Gold, psychiatry

Find well-being support and services for you and your loved ones

As we begin the new year, many of us aren’t feeling as optimistic as we thought we might be for 2022. We are nearing the end of year two of the pandemic, battling another surge, all while we  adjust our day-to-day lives with many unknowns to the immediate and future outlook.

Jessica Gold, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry and director of wellness and engagement, provides some tips for reframing how we look at the new year and ways you can help yourself and loved ones cope with healthy well-being practices in this month’s Thrive article.

Check out mental health resources available for you and your family members at WashU’s Mental Health Hub, including the employee assistance program, WashU Psychiatry Services.

Well-being events

Upcoming Virtual Events

Momentum – Mindfulness Practices to Support Health and Happiness
Thursdays, Jan. 20 and 27, Noon – 1p.m.
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Move into Mindfulness: The Basics
Tuesdays, Feb. 1 thru March 15, Noon – 1p.m.
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Move into Mindfulness: Beyond the Basics
Wednesdays, Feb. 2 thru March 16, Noon – 1p.m.
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