Effective April 10, the university will no longer require COVID vaccinations and boosters for faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars, and students. The university continues to strongly recommend COVID vaccinations and boosters.
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The university is transitioning away from the Color testing program. Free rapid tests will continue to be available.
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Stanford strongly recommends wearing masks indoors, including in classrooms and instructional spaces, and outdoors in crowded settings throughout January. Individual instructors can also require masks in their classrooms and will post expectations on Canvas.
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Updates for winter break concerning vaccination, masking, and testing.
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Specific steps, including the bivalent booster and testing after travel and gatherings, can help protect community members against COVID-19. Free rapid test kits are available for faculty, staff, postdocs, and students.
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With the level of COVID-19 cases on campus and in the surrounding region remaining low, Stanford is updating masking requirements. Community members are also encouraged to stay current on COVID immunizations.
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The CDC’s COVID community level for San Mateo County is now high/red, a designation with recommended actions that encourage face coverings indoors and on public transportation.
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As fluctuating case numbers and circulating variants remind us, COVID has not gone away. As campus activities increase, masking, testing and other health protocols are crucial to our efforts to minimize COVID spread.
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Data used to monitor COVID prevalence, based on analysis of campus wastewater, is now available on Stanford’s COVID dashboards.
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