The health and safety of our entire Wells community is our highest priority. Although we are certainly hoping for a 2021–2022 academic year that is more "normal," the surge in cases of the Delta variant means that we will all need to remain vigiliant. The seriousness of COVID-19 cannot be overstated, and our commitment to in-person learning this year will depend upon a shared responsibility to keep each other healthy and safe, and each of us doing our part by making good choices.
On this website, you will find guidance on many important topics related to the College's health and safety protocols regarding COVID-19. Each of the following pages includes additional details and resources.
As of Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, all individuals on campus will be required to wear face masks at all times indoors, regardless of vaccination status. This change in policy comes as the Delta variant is surging in nearly every state in the U.S., and face masking has been scientifically proven to be one of the single most effective deterrents against the coronavirus.
All students, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the start of the fall 2021 semester. Individuals should plan to receive their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine (or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine) at least 14 days prior to their arrival on campus, so that individuals will have full immunity. For example, a student coming to campus on Aug. 26 for Orientation activities should have received their final dose by Aug. 12.
Any non-vaccinated individual will be required to fill out an exemption request form, and comply with mandatory weekly COVID testing. In fall 2021, surveillance testing on campus is conducted using a rapid antigen test, which provides results within 15 minutes.
Tap here to read the College’s official vaccine policy, which was announced in June 2021 and implemented in August 2021. Please note that the Pfizer vaccine received full approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Aug. 23, 2021, for individuals ages 16 and older.
Wells College made this decision in part because the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American College Health Association, and other federal, state and county authorities have all strongly urged widespread vaccination as the most effective and efficient way to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission — especially in the type of congregate living environments that are found on college campuses. As per federal and state regulations, exemptions will be allowed for religious beliefs or medical reasons. Please click here for further information.
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This page was last updated Aug. 23, 2021.