All Missourians are now eligible for the COVID‑19 vaccination and the supply of vaccine has significantly increased. This has led several coordinators to make requests to require vaccinations in order for individuals to participate in programs requiring travel or increased risk activities they oversee. Activities that create an increased risk include, but are not limited to: SOAR Leaders, band, choir, healthcare clinicals and athletics*. This document provides guidance to coordinators contemplating COVID‑19 mitigation strategies as they plan their activities.
*While the university may not require testing for those that are vaccinated, NCAA and conferences have their own participation requirements that must be followed for participation. ↩
The university strongly encourages anyone that is able to be vaccinated to do so; however, the university is not requiring individuals to be vaccinated in order to participate in programs requiring travel or increased risk activities during the summer of 2021. Individuals will not be prohibited from participating because they chose not to be vaccinated; however, outside entities may require vaccinations, which is beyond the control of the university. Coordinators should encourage participants to consider getting vaccinated by providing information that they can get vaccinated with no out-of-pocket charges, how to get a vaccination, and the potential implications for non-vaccinated participants.
Benefits of vaccinations
COVID‑19 vaccines are effective at protecting those that are fully vaccinated from getting sick and reducing the risk of exposing others. Because of this, those that are fully vaccinated can:
- Gather inside a home or private setting with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart.
- Gather inside a home or private setting without a mask with one household of unvaccinated people who are not at risk of severe illness.
- Travel domestically without a pre- or post-travel test.
- Travel internationally without a pre-travel test depending on destination.
- Travel domestically and internationally without quarantining after travel.
- If you have been exposed to someone who has COVID‑19, you do not need to quarantine or get testing unless you develop symptoms.
Implications of not being vaccinated
Individuals that are not vaccinated but are participating in programs requiring travel or increased risk activities will be required to:
- Quarantine if exposed to someone who is positive for COVID‑19.
- Provide a negative COVID‑19 antigen or PCR test prior to travel, taken no earlier than three days prior to travel.
- Provide a negative COVID‑19 antigen or PCR test upon returning from travel, taken three to five days after returning from travel.
Magers Health and Wellness Center is providing vaccinations for COVID‑19 with no out-of-pocket cost to students and employees. Visit the COVID‑19 Vaccinations page for more information.
Coordinators for programs requiring travel or increased risk activities over the summer of 2021 will be required to develop a mitigation plan, which includes the following:
- Pre-travel testing for those that are not fully vaccinated. This can be arranged with the COVID‑19 Response Team at no cost.
- Develop a contingency plan in case someone tests positive and must isolate.
- Develop a contingency plan to isolate someone that becomes symptomatic. The plan should include how they will be tested.
- Develop a contingency plan in case someone that is not vaccinated is exposed to someone that is positive with COVID‑19. This is not required if all participants are fully vaccinated.
The university follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on activities that can be resumed once a person is fully vaccinated. More information can be found on the CDC website.