It’s crazy how time flies over winter break, but now is the time to start preparing your journey back to campus for spring semester. 

We strongly urge you to get your COVID-19 vaccine or booster shot before returning to campus. One of the many concerns for vaccine hesitancy amongst students are the side effects and being out sick for a few days to recover from it. Get your vaccine while you have the time to recover in the comfort of your home. 

1. Get Vaccinated 

We strongly urge you to get your COVID-19 vaccine or booster shot before returning to campus. The CDC recommends everyone who is 5+ to get their COVID-19 vaccine and everyone who is eligible for their booster shot to do so.  

Health Services offers COVID-19 vaccines daily to all WSU students and employees–all year long. Stop by the clinic in IWC 222 to get your COVID-19 vaccine or booster shot. Please bring your insurance, student ID and your vaccine card. 

You can also follow along on social media @WSUHealth to learn about upcoming vaccine opportunities and changes to our COVID-19 service hours. 

2. Be Aware of COVID-19 Variants & Cases Around You 

There are currently two variants of concern circulating around the United States–the Delta & Omicron Variants. Delta has been around since summer of 2021, but Omicron is a new variant that was discovered near the end of fall semester. 

We currently have limited data about Omicron, but CDC predicts it will spread faster than Delta and more breakthrough cases are possible. If you have not gotten your booster shot yet, please get one before returning to campus. 

We are currently seeing COVID-19 caseload spikes in MN–which look very similar to last holiday season where cases skyrocketed to the highest they have ever been. Several factors are playing into these spikes: increased travel and gatherings due to holiday season, moving indoors due to colder weather, and a new variant is circulating around our state.  

You have the power to keep cases low by getting vaccinated if you haven’t already, get your COVID-19 booster shot before returning to campus, laying low before and after traveling, and wearing your mask. 

Additionally, as we are seeing spikes in COVID-19 cases in MN. If you have tested positive or are unvaccinated & have been exposed, please stay home until your isolation or quarantine period has ended. 

3. Start Laying Low to Protect Those Around You

Laying low before and after travelling can help you avoid bringing the virus with you. 

Laying low is similar to a small self-imposed quarantine. During this time, you’ll want to limit the interactions you have with others, the duration of those interactions, and the number of outings you take.  

If you are not currently fully vaccinated, make sure to lay low and get tested 1-3 days before returning to campus to ensure you aren’t bringing the virus with you. 

 

COVID-19 Testing Recommendations  

Unvaccinated or Not Fully Vaccinated

If you have not been vaccinated yet, the current recommendations are as follows:  

Get tested 1-3 days before traveling and again 3-5 days after you return. It is recommended to self-quarantine for a full 7 days upon your arrival, even if results are negative. 

Fully Vaccinated

Consider getting tested 1-3 days before traveling home, especially if you are returning to a home with those who are at high-risk or are not fully vaccinated.  

Once you return home, self-monitor for symptoms. If symptoms develop, get tested immediately and start isolating.  

4. Continue to Follow COVID-19 Guidelines All Year Long 

It is important that students continue to follow COVID guidelines such as wearing a mask, staying 6 feet away, avoiding large gatherings and crowded spaces, and practicing proper hand hygiene. This will help to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and variants. 

Continue to:  

  • Mask up, back up, and wash up  
  • Stay home and get tested if you are ill  
  • Get vaccinated  
  • Self-report if you have been exposed to or have tested positive to COVID-19, even during breaks 
  • Self-report if you have been vaccinated.  

  

WSU Health & Wellness Services is here for you all year long with in-person and telehealth appointments. Continue to self-report all year long, even if you are not currently on campus–we are here to help. Check out our website to learn more about the services we offer. 

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Amy Nelson

Amy Nelson graduated in 2020 with a degree in Art: I-Design. As a student, she worked with the University Marketing & Communications team as a writer and photographer. She was hired after graduation to support public health communications during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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