University has two new COVID-19 positives as the seventh week begins
BY LAURA SCUDDER COPY CHIEF
As the Delta variant changes Mason’s response to the pandemic, the university will now be offering third and booster shots of the vaccine in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommendations.
In an email sent out to the Mason community on Oct. 4, the Office of Safety, Emergency, & Enterprise Risk Management said that Mason will be offering a third dose of the vaccine to those who are immunocompromised, as well as booster shots for eligible populations.
Currently, the u niversity is only offering the Pfizer vaccine for these doses, but plans to offer a Moderna booster in accordance with CDC recommendations once both the CDC and FDA approve a Moderna booster.
Those who are eligible for either the third or booster shot of Pfizer can receive them at Fenwick Library, Monday through Friday, from 12-4 p.m. An appointment can be scheduled here.
The university is still offering first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Student and employee vaccination rates are both up from last week, with 27,290 students and 6,362 employees fully vaccinated, according to the Campus COVID-19 Dashboard.
Mason has tested 659 students and 130 employees for COVID-19 so far this week, with two positive cases total as the seventh week of classes begin, according to the dashboard.
These two positive tests equate to a .2% positivity rate for students and a .8% positivity rate for employees.