Frequently Asked Questions
Feinberg has compiled a list of frequently asked questions here that apply to the medical school. For a full list of FAQ about the Northwestern University response, including information on vaccines, travel and academics, visit the Northwestern COVID-19 website.
How can members of the Feinberg community be tested for COVID-19?
How can members of the Feinberg community receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
I am a Northwestern University employee or student. Can I walk in to a designated Northwestern Medicine location for a vaccine if I haven’t received an appointment confirmation?
Where can I find information about current mask guidelines?
In accordance with City of Chicago policy, masking is optional in all non-clinical Feinberg spaces. This includes administrative areas, research labs, classrooms, libraries, lobbies and lounges.
In clinical and non-Northwestern University owned spaces, continue to follow local requirements.
What is Feinberg's policy for school-sponsored events?
Feinberg-sponsored events reserve the right to require all attendees to be fully vaccinated.
At Feinberg, not only do we maintain a commitment to the safety of our students, faculty and staff, but we all play key roles in providing healthcare to and engaging with the Chicagoland community, including those most vulnerable to COVID-19, such as unvaccinated adults and children, immunocompromised persons and persons with underlying conditions that increase risk of severe disease from COVID-19. We feel an obligation to do everything we can to ensure that our community members do not unintentionally spread the virus to vulnerable persons who put their trust in us - and this includes requiring vaccinations in order to attend special events hosted by Feinberg, such as dinners, ceremonies, graduations and retreats. While we are excited to be able to return to hosting in-person events, we must also respect our Patients First mission.
What is Northwestern's current travel guidance?
How can Feinberg employees report harassment or discrimination related to COVID-19?
All members of the Northwestern University community should be free from harassment and discrimination, and we intend to uphold our values. If any member of the community feels they have been treated unfairly because of their race, country of origin or where they have traveled, please reach out to the Office of Equity.
Where can I find Feinberg-specific Zoom backgrounds?
Feinberg Zoom backgrounds can be found on the Feinberg Branding SharePoint.
Where can I find the latest Feinberg guidance on conducting clinical trials?
Detailed information on conducting clinical research can be found on the Feinberg COVID-19 homepage.
How do I share my COVID-19 research idea with the administration?
If you are interested in starting a COVID-19-related project, please send a one-paragraph description by email to Rex L. Chisholm, PhD, and Abby Cosentino-Boehm, DrPh.