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COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

Published June 03, 2021


What is necessary to be considered “fully vaccinated”?

  • You are fully vaccinated 14 days following receipt of the second dose in a two-dose WHO-approved vaccine series, and
  • You are fully vaccinated 14 days following receipt of one-dose WHO-approved vaccine series.


Do I need to wear a mask on campus if I have received a complete series of the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes, if you have patient-facing responsibility. “Patients” include clinical and hospital patients, mental health/counseling and allied health clients, human research participants, simulated patients, and parents/guardians of patients who cannot give legal consent. “Patient-facing responsibilities” include any activity that is anticipated to necessitate direct contact with or close physical proximity (6 feet for 15 minutes) to a patient or client.


I’ve had both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine; what can I do differently with regard to mitigation protocols?

Social distancing on campus is no longer required, except in patient care areas.

Masking is no longer required on campus or at campus events for fully vaccinated individuals 12 years of age and older, with certain exceptions:

  • All individuals in patient-facing settings, including research participant areas and facilities where patient care is the primary function must wear a mask
  • Unvaccinated individuals inside OU facilities must wear a mask
  • Guests 2-11 years of age inside OU facilities must wear masks
  • Riders on transit buses must wear masks, consistent with Department of Transportation mandates
  • OU Health Sciences Center programs will coordinate masking requirements with hospital and clinic partners, as appropriate.


Do I still need to submit the online COVID-19 Screening & Reporting tool if I’ve had both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes.  Employees and students who are fully vaccinated with a WHO-approved COVID vaccine must complete the online Screening and Reporting Tool, but only if they have had COVID-19 symptoms in the past 14 days, have had a positive COVID-19 test within the past 14 days, or are awaiting COVID-19 test results. Individuals must also comply with the screening and reporting processes in place at their assigned locations/rotations. 

UNVACCINATED persons must continue to complete the online Screening and Reporting Tool in the following instances:

  • You have symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19. For a list of symptoms, click here.
  • You have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days or are awaiting COVID-19 test results that were performed outside of OU Health.
  • You have been in close contact with within the past 14 days with someone who is COVID-19 positive or who is awaiting COVID-19 results. “Close contact” is defined as being within 6 feet of that person for approximately 15 minutes or more.
  • You have a household member who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
  • You have returned to the United States following international travel.
  • You have returned from a domestic or international cruise.


Can I get vaccinated on campus?

Yes. Vaccine is available at no cost in various locations on the Health Sciences Center campus, including Student and Employee Health (405) 271-9675, OU Children’s Pharmacy, Sooner Pediatrics (405) 271-6827, and Family Medicine (405) 271-4311, as well as in the community.[1]


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