Masking and Social Distancing Requirements
We have modified the masking and social distancing protocols, differentiating between those employees and students who are fully vaccinated and those who are only partially vaccinated or unvaccinated. Vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a mask in non-clinical settings and social distancing is no longer required.
Masks and use of recommended personal protective equipment are still required in all clinical settings where EVMS staff and students encounter patients. EVMS clinical settings will continue to restrict visitors until further notice. As always, EVMS clinical faculty, residents and students must follow the protocols of their host facility when visiting other organizations.
EVMS has modified its masking and social distancing requirements by differentiating between fully vaccinated and unvaccinated/partially vaccinated employees and students as follows:
Fully Vaccinated Individuals
For the purposes of this guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 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 [J&J]/Janssen).
Individuals who have received all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that is listed for emergency use by WHO (Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines (e.g., COMIRNATY, Tozinameran), AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccines (e.g., Covishield, Vaxzevria), Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine, Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine) do not need any additional doses with an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine.
Masks and social distancing are not required in non-clinical areas of EVMS, to include:
- Research labs
- Teaching areas (conference rooms, classrooms, lecture halls, study rooms, etc.)
- Administrative work areas (offices, carrels, conference rooms)
- Break rooms (including clinical staff break rooms where patients are not allowed)
Additional information concerning the applicability of these requirements to specific EVMS buildings may be found at the end of this message.
For the fully vaccinated, the implications of these changes are that we can return to in-person meetings, education conferences (Grand Rounds, departmental meetings, etc.) and similar gatherings without masks, restrictions on room capacity or social distancing.
Unvaccinated/Partially Vaccinated Individuals
Masks must be worn and social distancing must be observed at all times, whether inside or outside of buildings, except when alone and in private spaces such as an office.
For those unvaccinated/partially vaccinated, attendance at educational, research or administrative meetings is allowed; however, a mask is required. In addition, individuals should maintain social distance during these activities. Please note: Unvaccinated individuals are at a significantly increased risk for getting serious COVID-19 illness and for spreading COVID-19 to others, including those who are immunocompromised.
During a group gathering, if any individual asks for everyone to remain masked, all individuals in the meeting should remain masked.
- Given the intermingling of clinical and non-clinical spaces across the EVMS campus, employees and students should always have a mask with them.
- Classrooms and conference rooms should allow adequate space for unvaccinated individuals to socially distance. Occupancy in these rooms can increase from the COVID-19 social distancing capacity limits.
- The expanded sanitation protocols remain in place.
- Food and drink in settings other than restaurants remain limited to bottles and boxes.