Missouri S&T to require face coverings

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Missouri University of Science and Technology will require face coverings in certain indoor areas on campus beginning Monday.

The new policy, announced Thursday, requires all students, faculty, staff and visitors to wear face coverings in classrooms and laboratories beginning Monday. 

This policy applies to all, regardless of vaccination status. 

Face coverings also will be required for all in meeting spaces when social distancing is not possible. 

The policy also requires unvaccinated individuals to wear face coverings in other indoor areas, such as common areas, and recommends that vaccinated individuals wear face coverings in all indoor public spaces on campus. 

In addition, the university continues to encourage people to wear face coverings outdoors, especially in group settings.

The Missouri S&T policy will be in effect through Sept. 15, when it will be re-evaluated.

The policy is consistent with the requirements of the three other University of Missouri System universities in Columbia, Kansas City and St. Louis. It also aligns with the latest guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends that fully vaccinated people wear a face covering in public indoor settings in areas of high transmission.

Most of Missouri is included in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention high transmission designation.

According to a news release from Missouri S&T, “The change comes as Phelps County and the state continue to experience a rise in COVID-19 cases while vaccination rates statewide and in Phelps County, where Missouri S&T is located, remain low.”

According to Missouri’s COVID-19 vaccine dashboard, approximately 41.1% of eligible Missourians are fully vaccinated. In Phelps County, approximately 31.8% of eligible residents are fully vaccinated. 

Along with Missouri S&T, the other University of Missouri System universities in Columbia, Kansas City and St. Louis have established similar requirements for face coverings.

Missouri S&T students practice social distancing and wear face coverings in a classroom last fall.

Upcoming Clinics

In partnership with Phelps Health, Missouri S&T will host two clinics to administer the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Students who have already received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine 21 to 28 days before the following clinics, can receive their second dose at either of these clinics.

First doses

  • Clinic No. 1 will be held Wednesday, Aug. 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., in the Meramec Room of the Havener Center. Appointments are not required.
  • Clinic No. 2 will be held Wednesday, Aug. 25, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., in the Carver-Turner Room of the Havener Center. Appointments are not required.

Individuals must complete a consent form and bring it to the clinic, which they can find online at https://coronavirus.mst.edu/vaccinations.

Second doses

  • Clinic No. 1. The second dose for those vaccinated at the first clinic will be administered 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, in the same location. If you get the first dose on Aug. 18, please plan to get the second dose on Sept. 8.
  • Clinic No. 2. The second dose for those vaccinated at the second clinic will be administered 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, in the same location. If you get the first dose on Aug. 25, please plan to get the second dose on Sept. 15.

Though not required, students are highly encouraged to be vaccinated for COVID-19 before arriving to campus. Once vaccinated, students should upload their vaccination information to the Student Health portal at https://studenthealth.mst.edu or email the information to mstshs@mst.edu.

Vaccines accepted by Missouri S&T

Missouri S&T accepts the vaccines listed below with emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization.

U.S. vaccines with FDA emergency use authorization:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • Janssen or Johnson & Johnson (J&J).
  • International vaccines with WHO emergency use authorization:
  • AstraZeneca
  • Covishield (Serum Institute of India)
  • Sinopharm (Beijing Bio-Institute of Biological Products)
  • Comirnaty/BNT162b2 (Fosun Pharmaceuticals, Hong Kong)
  • Sinovac-CoronaVac.