App State will continue to make data-driven decisions informed by national, state and local public health guidance, ordinances and restrictions.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance
CDC says people are considered “fully vaccinated” two weeks after:
- Their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines; or,
- A single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
The CDC guidance indicates:
- If you are fully vaccinated, you can participate in many of the activities that you did before the pandemic.
- To maximize protection from variants and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a face covering indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
- Consider wearing a face covering regardless of the level of transmission if you or someone in your household is at increased risk for severe disease from COVID-19 and/or if someone in your household is not fully vaccinated.
- Fully vaccinated individuals who have received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure unless they have symptoms, but should wear a face covering for 10 days after the exposure.
- For those not yet boosted and people who are unvaccinated, quarantine for 5 days is required, followed by strict face covering use for an additional 5 days. Review CDC’s Quarantine and Isolation guidance for more information.
- You should continue to wear a face covering where required by laws, rules, regulations, or local guidance.
UNC System guidance
On Aug. 5, 2021, UNC System President Peter Hans sent a memo to the Chancellors of UNC System institutions regarding fall 2021 COVID-19 mitigation strategies. These include implementing “get vaccinated or get tested regularly” measures for students, faculty and staff, and adopting face covering protocols that reflect local health conditions. Chancellors retain the authority to tailor strategies depending on the unique circumstances and community conditions of the campus.
- On May 20, 2021, UNC System President Peter Hans sent a memo to the Chancellors of UNC System institutions regarding operational incentives to encourage students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Chancellors retain the authority to impose public health requirements on their campuses that are more restrictive than those of an Executive Order should Chancellors choose to do so depending on the unique circumstances and community conditions of the campus. Whether to do so or not is within the discretion of the Chancellor.
- On April 29, 2021, President Hans sent a memo to the Chancellors of UNC System institutions informing them the UNC System will not mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for faculty, staff or students of UNC System constituent institutions.
Town of Boone guidelines
On Aug. 6, the Town of Boone voted to reinstate the indoor mask mandate as per the June 18, 2020 order. The order is effective Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. and police enforcement will begin three weeks later.
- The mask mandate does not apply to Hardin Park School or Watauga High School.
- Town businesses and property owners are free to adopt additional COVID-19 protective measures and will be supported by law enforcement.