COVID-19 is a highly contagious respiratory virus that affects people of all ages. This virus can cause long-term medical problems and death regardless of age. This virus spreads through respiratory secretions related to speaking, singing, yelling, coughing, and sneezing. Infected individuals can spread the virus to others.
Prevention strategies include wearing a mask and physically distancing when around others.
The COVID-19 vaccines are very safe and highly effective at preventing death and hospitalization. When large numbers of people within a population are immunized, viral spread will be significantly limited. Each individual within a community can contribute to this protective approach.
Side effects related to vaccination primarily include pain at the injection site, headache, fever, and chills or body aches that last for about 24 hours.
Choosing to forego vaccination puts one at risk for getting the disease with the associated risk of long-term medical problems or death. Individuals who elect not to be vaccinated against COVID-19 may put others they interact with at risk. Due to this risk to others, JMU reserves the right to require those not vaccinated to engage in risk mitigation practices such as wearing masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE), submitting to regular screening tests, and isolating or quarantining off campus should they develop or be exposed to COVID-19. By choosing not to be vaccinated, people run a greater risk of becoming ill with COVID-19 and will be required to isolate per CDC guidelines if they become infected. Those not vaccinated against COVID-19 and exposed to someone with the disease will be required to quarantine for up to 14 days.