Q: How is Gordon responding to the updated guidance on mask requirements this summer?
A: Gordon College has been closely following the recent CDC and Massachusetts state guidance around vaccination and masking. Following recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, Governor Baker rescinded the face covering order and The Department of Public Health issued a new face covering advisory consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, effective May 29. For Gordon, this means that fully vaccinated students, faculty and employees will not be required to wear face coverings, indoors or out—including in apartment buildings, dorms, dining hall, offices, classrooms and other common areas. Consistent with the Commonwealth’s guidance, however, we continue to advise unvaccinated individuals (regardless of any past COVID-19 infection) to be masked and socially distanced while indoors. We do recognize that that COVID-19 has been a deadly and costly virus and it has impacted many lives. We ask that each campus community member exercise kindness, tolerance and forbearance with one another as we move into this next phase of managing campus safety.
Q: When am I considered “fully vaccinated”?
A: Per the CDC, you are considered “fully vaccinated” if you are 14 days past having received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines OR 14 days past having received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Q: I’m fully vaccinated but was identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19. Do I need to quarantine?
A. No. You do not need to quarantine, but should continue to monitor and report any symptoms. If you do develop symptoms, make sure to report the symptoms on the 360 website and quarantine.
Q: How do I sign up to receive a COVID-19 vaccine?
A: Those who live, work or study in Massachusetts can sign up to receive a vaccine. Please visit www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine for information on how to register to receive a vaccine.
Q: Will Gordon College require the COVID-19 vaccination to attend as a student in the fall of 2021?
A: Consistent with the annual reporting of medical history already required of students, we will ask students to self-report their vaccination status. We strongly encourage all within our community to receive the vaccination if they are able but are not requiring the vaccination for any community member. It is possible that certain activities may require students to be vaccinated for full participation as prescribed by "professional or guild" organizations the College is involved with. In accordance with State law, individuals demonstrating a legitimate medical reason or sincerely held religious belief may be exempt from such requirement. Students who decide not to become vaccinated may be required to participate in regular COVID-19 testing and cover related fees.