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Strongly Encouraged: OU’s Guidance on Vaccinations, Masking, and More

Strongly Encouraged: OU’s Guidance on Vaccinations, Masking, and More

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With COVID-19 lingering and the fall semester quickly approaching, OU strongly encourages vaccinations and masking indoors, noting these are the best ways we can protect each other and stay OU Together.

  • COVID-19 Vaccinations are Free, Strongly Encouraged, and Widely Available
  •  Masking Encouraged Indoors: The university encourages masking indoors. The university strongly encourages masking for all individuals in high-density settings, such as classrooms and at special events.  
    • Masking IS required in:
      • Patient-facing settings, including clinical research participant areas and facilities and areas where patient care is the primary function (including Goddard Health Center)
      • Transit buses and shuttles in compliance with Department of Transportation mandates
    • As it has from the beginning of the pandemic, OU is monitoring guidance issued by the CDC. Current CDC guidance advises all individuals, even those who are fully vaccinated, to wear a mask indoors in public if in an area of substantial (orange) or high (red) transmission, according to its COVID-19 Integrated County View of Data. Plans will continue to be adjusted, based on the status of the pandemic, and in accordance with CDC recommendations and state and local guidelines.
    • Read More: OU Masking Protocols
  • FAQ: OU’s Current COVID Policies
    • Make sure you’re aware of OU’s newest COVID policies and what guided the university’s decision-making.
    • FAQ: COVID Policies

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Article Published:  Wednesday, July 28, 2021