Updated April 21, 2021
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Washington Department of Health issued guidance for fully vaccinated people, which relaxes some COVID-19 restrictions when gathering in private residences. However, keep in mind that this new guidance for fully vaccinated people does not apply when working or studying on site at a University location.
UW personnel are required to continue to follow the guidance in the University’s COVID-19 Prevention Plan and their unit’s COVID-19 prevention plan, including wearing a face covering and maintaining a 6-foot distance from other people, even after getting vaccinated.
Governor Inslee’s Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery plan sets out phases put in place to stem the COVID-19 pandemic. The state has also issued guidelines for higher education institutions and requirements for COVID-19 prevention in the workplace (Department of Labor & Industries). These state guidelines and requirements govern the University’s ability to gradually reopen in a safe way as the conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic improve.
A person is fully vaccinated two weeks after they receive the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in a two-dose series (e.g., Pfizer or Moderna), or two weeks after they receive a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson).
The University’s guidance for those who are fully vaccinated will be updated as state and local requirements are updated.
Should I wear a facemask at work after I am fully vaccinated?
Yes. All University personnel working on site at a University location, even those who are fully vaccinated, are required to follow the University requirements for COVID-19 prevention, including wearing a face covering and maintaining a 6-foot distance from other people.
Should I watch for COVID-19 symptoms after getting vaccinated?
Yes. Fully vaccinated people should continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19, and UW personnel working on site at a University location are required to continue to participate in daily symptom attestation.
Regardless of your vaccination status, if you have symptoms of COVID-19, you must stay home and away from other people. Do not go to work or attend class if you are experiencing any symptoms, even if they appear to be immediate side effects from the vaccine. Some people acquire COVID-19 infection even after being vaccinated, so do not assume any symptoms are vaccine side effects.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, get tested. If you test positive, notify the UW EH&S COVID-19 Response and Prevention Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.616.3344. UW medical center personnel should report positive COVID-19 test results to their employee health services. You may want to also consult with your healthcare provider.
Should I quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19 after getting vaccinated?
Even if a fully vaccinated person does not have to quarantine, they should watch for symptoms of COVID-19, wear a face covering, and maintain a 6-foot distance from other people for 14 days after an exposure.
If a fully vaccinated person develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should get tested. Report a positive test result to the UW EH&S COVID-19 Response and Prevention Team at email@example.com or 206.616.3344. UW medical center personnel should report positive COVID-19 test results to their employee health services.
What precautions should I take before, during and after traveling?
The UW strongly discourages non-essential travel at this time.
If you must travel, follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for fully vaccinated people:
- International Travel Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People
- Domestic Travel Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People
Does my vaccination status determine whether I can work on site?
No. Your vaccination status is not a factor in determining whether you can work on site at a University location. Talk with your supervisor if you have questions about returning to on-site work.
All employees, regardless of their vaccination status, are required to follow all of the University’s COVID-19 prevention measures in their unit’s COVID-19 prevention plan, including physical distancing, wearing a face covering, and symptom monitoring to help prevent transmission on campus.
Visit the University's COVID-19 recovery status webpage for more information about the safe return to our campuses.
Will the University require vaccinations?
The University expects everyone in the UW community who can get vaccinated against COVID-19 to do so. The University, with guidance from the UW Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases, is currently evaluating whether to require COVID-19 vaccinations for students and/or employees. Any decision around requirements for autumn quarter 2021 will be made by June 1.
When UW requires vaccines, there are exemptions for medical and non-medical reasons. Please note that students required to participate in the Health Sciences Immunization Program are eligible for medical waivers only.
Please visit the UW vaccine information webpage for more information.