Coronavirus (COVID-19) Medical Information
IMPORTANT: Decisions about the fall 2021 semester (mitigation strategies, vaccinations, etc.) will be announced later in the summer.
The Healthy Campus Task Force has developed handy checklist of summer health policies and protocols for students, faculty, and staff working on campus this summer.
The Student Health Center is closed for the summer.
We encourage faculty, staff and students to receive a COVID-19 vaccination because it protects individual health and reduces the spread of the virus among members of the college community. A number of vaccines, including meningitis, MMR, and varicella, are currently required for students to enroll at Wabash and while adding a COVID-19 vaccination requirement is possible, a decision won’t be made until the summer of 2021 and could be subject to change as conditions and guidance from public health officials evolves.
Current students who have been vaccinated are expected to submit a copy of their vaccination card using the COVID Pass App (click below). Incoming students should submit a copy of their vaccination card on the New Student Road Map.
For more information on the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, please visit the CDC website.
General COVID-19 Information
The best source for up-to-date information about COVID-19 can be found on the CDC website and the CDC FAQ page. We recommend you bookmark these pages for easy reference. Submit Wabash-specific questions via email.
Disclaimer: These FAQs are subject to modification depending on guidance from the CDC, the Indiana Department of Health, the Montgomery County Health Department, as well the incidence and prevalence of COVID-19 at the national, state, or local level.
Why should I be vaccinated?
COVID-19 vaccines are the only means we have to help protect people who are vaccinated from contracting COVID-19. All of the vaccines available in the U.S. are nearly 100% effective in preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death. The coronavirus causing COVID-19 can result in significant illness and death in people with excellent health, as well as those of any age. COVID-19 illness can also cause long-term debilitating symptoms, up to 25% of the time in some studies. The CDC recommends all adults receive a COVID-19 vaccination. All of the vaccinations approved under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) have proven to be safe and effective. The vaccines available in the United States also appear to be effective against the variants that are currently circulating in the U.S. At Wabash, vaccinated persons are not required to wear masks, indoors or out; do not have to use the COVID Pass symptom monitoring app when on campus; and, if asymptomatic, are exempt from quarantine if they are identified as close contacts.
Where can I get vaccinated?
The fastest way to identify a location where you can be vaccinated is to use the CDC’s website and enter your zip code. Persons in Indiana can register for a vaccination through the Indiana Department of Health website. Many vaccination locations offer vaccinations during business hours with no appointment necessary.
I’ve been vaccinated, how do I share that information with Wabash?
New students, returning students, and employees who have been vaccinated should upload a copy of their vaccination card using the COVID Pass app.
If I am vaccinated, do I need to wear a mask?
At Wabash, persons who have provided proof of being fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks on campus – outside or in buildings. They are also exempt from using the COVID Pass symptom monitoring app and, if asymptomatic, are not required to quarantine if they are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
I’m not vaccinated, what does that mean to me (as a student/as an employee)?
You are increasing your risk of being infected with and spreading the coronavirus at Wabash and to the surrounding communities. People who are not vaccinated or have not provided the College proof of vaccination are required to wear masks inside all buildings except in their personal spaces (rooms of offices). Unvaccinated persons who live or work on campus are required to use the COVID Pass symptom monitoring app each day and may not come to campus unless they receive a green “Go” pass. Unvaccinated students are required to participate in surveillance testing programs and, if they are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they must quarantine off campus.
I’ve had COVID-19. Do I need to be vaccinated?
Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. People who had asymptomatic or mild cases of COVID appear to have a reduced immune response and are probably more likely to become susceptible to reinfection sooner than someone who had a more severe infection. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again. Learn more about why getting vaccinated is a safer way to build protection than getting infected. If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.