Questions about vaccination plans fine between friends, but not in the office or classroom

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Questions about vaccination plans fine between friends, but not in the office or classroom

Craig Chandler | University Communication

As vaccine availability expands and local COVID-19 impacts decline, our university is gradually beginning to shift back toward a more normal on-campus experience. Now, as Huskers come back together, excited to share our personal experiences, here are some tips to guide conversations and personal decisions.

DO seek out a vaccination if you so desire. According to medical experts, the COVID-19 vaccine offers many health benefits to you, your close contacts and the community. Our University Health Center has lots of information.

DO NOT question students or colleagues about their vaccine status. Doing so individually or through group polling can be counter to provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Civil Rights Act.

DO cheer as vaccine availability expands to greater portions of the Husker community. It’s OK to celebrate milestones — especially when vaccine availability is a prime reason the university is moving toward more normal operations. Local availability is expanding quickly and will reach all patient Huskers. Also, watch your email and the COVID-19 website for updates on expanded availability.

DO NOT divide office/classroom communities based on vaccine status. Unless willingly shared, vaccine status is private information.

DO continue to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols — which, at this time, include mask use, social distancing, hand sanitizer use, and access to testing on campus. Doing so helps protect Husker Nation and beyond.

DO NOT ignore the symptoms if you feel ill — vaccine or no. Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms or believe you’ve been exposed.

DEFINITELY be kind to each other. It’s been a long, stressful year for each of your friends and colleagues. If you are a Husker who feels overwhelmed, check out campus resources offered by the Employee Assistance Program and (for students) Counseling and Psychological Services.

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