As you may remember, last semester, if you were were fully vaccinated (had received two doses of Moderna or Pfizer or one dose of J & J), were not required to quarantine if you were a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Our new protocols for quarantine, based on guidance from the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), will now require everyone to quarantine for 5 days and mask for 5 days if they are either unvaccinated or have only two doses of Moderna or Pfizer or one dose of J & J and have not received a booster.
How do you avoid quarantine? Get your COVID-19 booster shot. Under our new guidance, only students who have received two doses of Moderna or Pfizer or one dose of J & J AND have a COVID-19 booster are exempt from quarantine if a close contact. You would still be required to mask for 10 days under the new protocols, but you would not have to quarantine. (Students who have had a documented case of COVID-19 are still exempt from quarantine for 90 days from the date of their test.) Please note the university has not mandated a COVID-19 booster shot.
For your convenience, the university has partnered with Hy-Vee to bring a COVID -19 booster shot clinic to campus on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. This event is entirely voluntary. It will be held from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the gym lobby. Please register for a time. Bring your insurance card (if you have one) and an ID with you. Students will have priority registration for this clinic through Wed., Jan. 18. After that, we will open the clinic to faculty and staff.
We encourage you to get a booster shot if you are eligible for one. If you had COVID-19 over break, you are still eligible to receive a booster shot.
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