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By Mattysen Short, Correspondent
On Feb. 11th, 2021, Embry-Riddle announced a new “All Clear” badge to be used by both students and staff on both ERAU residential campuses to indicate that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), people are considered fully vaccinated after two weeks of receiving either both doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine or one dose of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
In order to obtain an “All Clear” badge, students and staff submit the required documents showing proof of vaccination to the health portal in ERNIE and the Wellness Center will reach out with details on receiving the All-Clear badge.
Embry-Riddle students and staff that receive the “All Clear” badge are now exempt from daily Wellness Checks for the time being, so they can bypass the temperature check station.
As of Mar. 5th, 2021, 94 individuals on the Prescott campus had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and received an “All Clear” Badge. University Communications also released that soon, a mobile clinic would be providing vaccinations to those who are eligible on the Prescott campus; on Mar. 11th, student volunteers vaccinated eligible faculty and staff in the Activity Center as an on-campus clinic in partnership with Spectrum Healthcare.
As of Mar. 5th, 2021, the State of Arizona has vaccinated 97% of people in the Phase 1A category which includes healthcare workers, emergency responders, and long-term care staff and residents. In addition to that, 30% of those in the Phase 1B category, which includes educators, had been vaccinated.
Across Ariz., vaccinations are on the rise. As of the evening of Mar. 11th, 2021, almost 1,500,000 people had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, just over 20% of the Ariz. population. Included in those 1.5 million people that have received at least one dose of the vaccine, are almost 900,000 who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Now, immunized individuals make up about 12% of the Ariz. population.
On Mar. 8th, 2021, the CDC released new COVID-19 protocols for those who have been fully vaccinated which include the ability to visit with other people who have been fully vaccinated without masks and distancing, visiting with those from a single household who are low risk for COVID-19, and refraining from testing and quarantine after a known exposure if asymptomatic.
However, since the university has a duty to protect all students and staff, on school grounds, masks and distancing are still mandatory everywhere and guests are still not permitted in dorms. This is not likely to change until the Fall 2021 semester, although protocols and prospective changes for the Fall have yet to be announced.