Western Michigan University’s Sindecuse Health Center is allowing those who have received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to skip quarantine after exposure to a positive case.
This must be met by some conditions, however. The exposure must be at least 14 days after the second COVID-19 vaccine dose but not longer than 90 days, and you must be asymptomatic.
“We consulted with Kalamazoo County Health officials and are using this guidance,” said Joe VanDerBos, patient experience manager.
Those that become symptomatic, or if it has been more than 90 days since the second vaccination, should call the health center for an appointment, per the WMU COVID-19 vaccine website.
Michigan is currently in Phase 1B which includes people 65 and older, frontline essential workers, teachers and corrections staff.
WMU is encouraging students to fill out the vaccine phasing assessment, located in the patient portal. By completing the assessment, you are put on a list to be vaccinated through the Kalamazoo County Health Department based on the vaccine phase you are in.
Even if students know they will be in Phase 2 for the vaccine, they are still encouraged to fill out the form.
“Once phases are open up to scheduling, the county asks for a list of names to be scheduled,” the website reads. “If all other factors are equal, the list we provide will be ordered by the time the survey was submitted. First completed, first scheduled.”
Students in Phase 1a or 1b should watch for their emails for the Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department confirming an appointment within a couple of days.