When will we receive new guidelines about restrictions for vaccinated persons?

Date: March 2021

Question

Dear Deans,

With the increasing amount of graduate students getting vaccinated, when do you anticipate we receive new guidelines about restrictions for vaccinated persons? Specifically, both my roommate and I are on the same vaccination schedule (receiving our second dose April 10th), and we were wondering if one of us tests positive for COVID-19, do we both need to quarantine? And if so, how long?

Thank you,

Anxious Student


Response

Dear Anxious Student,

Restrictions and permissions associated with COVID-19 are in rapid flux because we are in a very dynamic situation. I urge you to carefully follow COVID-19 information provided on Cornell’s COVID-19 website. Information specific to vaccinations is provided on the vaccines page. New information is posted daily.

As of March 17, 2021, the following principles are in place. All are mandated by the New York State Department of Health:

  • Individuals who test positive for COVID, regardless of their vaccination status, are required to isolate for 10 days, even if asymptomatic. This is because the vaccines, while excellent, are not completely protective.
  • Individuals who have not completed their vaccination protocol (two weeks have elapsed after the final dose of vaccine) who come into contact with someone with COVID must quarantine for 10 days.
  • Individuals who have completed their vaccination protocol (as above) and come into contact with someone with COVID and are symptomatic must quarantine for 10 days.
  • Individuals who have completed their vaccination protocol and come into contact with someone with COVID, but are asymptomatic, are not required to quarantine.

Please be sure to continue to wear your mask, not exceed current capacity restrictions, and maintain appropriate social distances.

Please stay safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

Kathryn

Kathryn J. Boor
Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education