So some schools in the DC area will be making the vaccine a requirement. This probably means you won’t be allowed to move in or attend in-person classes until you’ve waited a full 2 weeks after your second dose (or your first dose, if you get a one-dose vaccine like Johnson & Johnson).
But what about the other schools? Is it a good idea to move in or spend time on campus if you haven’t been fully vaccinated yet?
It’s important to note that the Center for Disease Control, or CDC, is still counseling caution and social distancing while the country attempts to vaccinate as many people as possible. Even fully-vaccinated people are recommended to wear masks and social distance when in public, and to avoid medium or large gatherings to avoid the spread of the virus.
If you are immunocompromised, or you take care of someone who is immunocompromised or otherwise at greater risk of contracting the virus, it’s probably a good idea for you to continue taking online classes until you are able to receive the vaccine.
For those who do choose to move back in to campus, here are the CDC’s recommendations for people living in close quarters, like college dorms: