By Jeff Murphy, May 19, 2021
WARRENSBURG, MO – The University of Central Missouri announced today that effective May 20, it will remove the on-campus face covering requirement for fully vaccinated individuals. The university made the decision after considering the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) most recent guidance and consulting with health experts. Individuals on campus who have not been fully vaccinated should follow CDC guidance, and those who desire to wear face coverings may continue wearing them and are not discouraged from doing so. No other changes, including workspace and classroom design, are being implemented at this time.
The university’s decision, which applies to both the indoor and outdoor environments, is consistent with its efforts throughout the pandemic to follow CDC guidance as a way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Scientific and medical evidence and the university’s own experience have shown face coverings to be effective in reducing the transmission of COVID-19. Scientific and medical evidence also indicates that being fully vaccinated is the most effective current means of reducing transmission to others.
During the coming weeks and months, a number of external organizations will be hosting conferences and special events on the UCM campus. Event organizers may establish their own pandemic-related measures for event participants. Organizers who have questions about these events are encouraged to contact UCM’s Meetings and Conference Services at 660-543-4342 or email firstname.lastname@example.org while participants should contact the sponsoring organization.
UCM will continue to work with local health agencies to host vaccination clinics if deemed needed or should sufficient demand exist. These will be announced if available. Individuals who have not yet been vaccinated but desire to be so should check with their local health agencies and/or medical providers. For Johnson County, these include Johnson County Community Health Services and Western Missouri Medical Center. Many local pharmacies and health care providers also have access to and are scheduling vaccinations.
Additional details regarding the fall semester will be released in the near future. The university will continue to monitor the environment and will modify requirements if deemed necessary. The most up-to-date university information about its pandemic response may be found at ucmo.edu/coronavirus.