The Washington & Jefferson College Department of Athletics has announced that spectators at home indoor athletic events through January 30 will be limited to W&J students only.   No external fans will be permitted to attend athletic events at this time. Given our campus policy of required masking indoors, W&J students attending these athletic events must …  

The College will continue to require regular testing of unvaccinated individuals who have approved medical or religious exemptions. Three antigen tests per week (which is the equivalent of one PCR test) will be required of unvaccinated individuals. Vigilant surveillance testing has helped the College to mitigate and respond quickly to any positive COVID-19 cases. Students …  

To help mitigate the spread of the highly transmissible Omicron variant, we are reminding the W&J Community that masking is required in all campus buildings. This includes but is not limited to common areas in academic buildings, administrative buildings and the Clark Family Library, the Ross Recreation Center (including the Salvitti Gym and the Eaton …  

The CDC has updated is COVID-19 Booster vaccination approvals as of Thursday, October 21, 2021. The CDC has advised that “eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others, may prefer to get a different booster. …  

All COVID-19 vaccines were tested in clinical trials involving tens of thousands of people to make sure they meet safety standards and protect adults of different ages, races, and ethnicities. There were no serious safety concerns. These trials were very similar to trials done for other licensed vaccines, but were done more quickly due to …  

Because all COVID-19 vaccines are new, it will take more time and more people getting vaccinated to learn about very rare or possible long-term side effects. At least 8-weeks of safety data were gathered in the clinical trials for all the authorized vaccines, and it’s unusual for vaccine side effects to appear more than 8 …  

There may be side effects, but they should go away within a few days. Possible side effects include a sore arm, headache, fever, or body aches. This does not mean you have COVID-19. These side effects are signs that the vaccine is working to build immunity. If they don’t go away in a week, or …  

Most authorized vaccines require two doses of vaccine. The first shot helps the immune system recognize the virus, and the second shot strengthens the immune response. You need both to get the best protection that lasts longest. It should be noted that the Johnson & Johnson vaccination requires only one shot.

No. COVID-19 is new and so are the vaccines to prevent it. We don’t know how long protection lasts for those who get infected or for those who are vaccinated. What we do know is that COVID-19 has caused very serious illness and death for a lot of people. If you get COVID-19, you also …  

Yes. CDC recommends that you get vaccinated even if you have already had COVID-19, because you might become infected more than once. While you may have some short-term antibody protection after recovering from COVID-19, we don’t know how long that protection will last.