Community Values, Environment Level, and New Guidance for Vaccinated People - Faculty and Staff

To: W&L Faculty and Staff
From: COVID-19 Committee
Date: Wednesday, April 28

Community Values and Environment Level

We are pleased to report that we are wrapping up the law Spring Semester and starting the undergraduate Spring Term with the Environment Level at Yellow Low. Undergraduate arrival testing is well underway and to date the number of active COVID-19 cases on our campus remains very low.

The Employee Statement of Community Values you reviewed and signed at the beginning of Winter Term/Spring Semester, as well as all guidance and safety measures, remain in place and can be found on the COVID-19 Resources website.

New Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

Based on new Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we are making the following changes to the university's COVID-19 guidelines, effective today.

  • Fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear a mask outdoors, including on campus, except in certain crowded settings and venues, such as athletic events, where there is a decreased ability to maintain physical distance until widespread vaccination coverage is achieved. Please note, our campus community has not yet achieved widespread vaccination coverage.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to participate in regular COVID-19 screening testing as long as they remain asymptomatic. Testing will continue to be available for those who need or want to be tested. Unvaccinated employees in select groups who are required to participate in screening testing are still required to do so.

People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or two weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen).

Vaccination Opportunities & Reporting

If you have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine, we strongly encourage you to get one as soon as possible. As we communicated Monday, there are numerous opportunities to get vaccinated in our area. We are adding a vaccination information page to the COVID-19 Resources website this week with links to various resources for finding and scheduling vaccines.

In addition, Campus Community Vaccinations are now being reported by group (employees, undergraduate students, and law students) on our COVID-19 Dashboard. In order to accurately reflect the percent of our campus population that has been vaccinated, it is important that everyone log their vaccination dates in the Daily Attestation application. If you have not already done so, please report your vaccine dates as soon as possible.