WVC will still require masks
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last week that people who are fully vaccinated no longer have to wear masks in most settings. Unvaccinated people should continue to wear masks in order to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.
While this change marks a significant milestone for our state, the new masking rules do not yet apply to Washington schools, colleges or universities. We continue to wait on an updated proclamation from the governor’s office that could ease these rules and provide further guidance about reopening colleges. In addition, because WVC is not currently asking for proof of vaccination, we can’t know who on our campus is or isn’t vaccinated. As a result, we are still requiring masks while on our campuses.
Many businesses and institutions have made the same decision in order to protect the community. Masks are one of the most effective tools we have in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
I want to note once again that anyone who is able to get vaccinated is strongly encouraged to do so. Vaccination is a safe, effective way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and prevent needless illness, hospitalization and death. You can learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines and make an appointment to receive one at vaccines.gov.
People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after they have received both doses of either Pfizer or Moderna and one dose of Johnson & Johnson. Fully vaccinated people can more safely gather with friends, family and neighbors. Learn more at cdc.gov.
Thank you to everyone who continues to do their part in keeping our community safe and healthy. With your help (and patience) we can continue opening back up and offering more in-person opportunities on our campuses.
Dr. Jim Richardson