Should I continue to participate in TRACE-OSU testing once I have received the vaccine?

Yes. If TRACE-OSU testing is provided for you at your OSU location, you should continue to participate as it is important that we understand the prevalence of the virus in our university communities. The tests utilized by TRACE-OSU are polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, which detect whether the virus is present in your system. It is currently believed that the current vaccines for COVID-19 will not cause you to test positive on viral tests, as they help your body develop an immune response to the virus and do not contain a small amount of the virus, as some vaccines do.  

Last Modified: 
January 15, 2021