June 30, 2021

Masks no longer required for fully vaccinated individuals indoors on campus

Following the state’s lead, Wayne State University announced on June 25 that masks are no longer required for fully vaccinated individuals when they are indoors on campus. Those who have not been vaccinated are still required to wear masks indoors on campus, except when eating or drinking. Masks are not required outdoors.

“We’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time,” said Laurie Lauzon Clabo, dean of the College of Nursing and chair of the Campus Health Committee. “We are able to discontinue the mask mandate partly because the campus community closely observed safety protocols, but the main reason is that we have more members of the community vaccinated now than ever before.”

A new question has been added to the Campus Daily Screener regarding vaccination status. “When you complete the screener, the email response you receive will indicate not only whether you are cleared to be on campus, but also whether you are required to wear a mask indoors,” Clabo said. “We are relying on the honesty and integrity of all Warriors to be truthful when answering this question. It’s important moving into the fall semester that we have an accurate read on how many people are vaccinated as we plan for classrooms, meetings and large events.” 

This latest step toward normalcy is possible because of the impact of COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccines provide the best way to mitigate the spread of the virus, protect the community and make a full return to campus this fall. Students, faculty and staff who have not received their vaccine can schedule an appointment at the Campus Health Center or find a convenient location.

“I cannot stress enough how important it is to get vaccinated,” said Clabo. “We know for certain that it is the best path toward returning to our normal activities. It’s safe, and it’s the right thing to do. If you haven’t yet done so, please make an appointment to get vaccinated today. You will be doing a favor for yourself, your family and friends, and your fellow Warriors.”

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