Fully vaccinated people on Ball State's campus no longer required to wear masks

<p>Prepared doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine sit on a table April 7, 2021, at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. <strong>Jaden Whiteman, DN</strong></p>

Prepared doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine sit on a table April 7, 2021, at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. Jaden Whiteman, DN

Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns announced fully vaccinated people no longer have to wear masks on campus via email June 14.

Mearns said he had "been looking forward to sending this message."

Fully vaccinated students and employees are also not required to quarantine if they come in close contact with someone who has tested positive, and will not be required to social distance. Fully vaccinated students will also be exempt from the university's pre-arrival COVID-19 testing requirement in the fall.

Mearns also said the university may require mandatory surveillance COVID-19 testing for students and employees, but those who are fully vaccinated will be exempt from this.

According to the email, the university will share more details about changes in the future and Mearns anticipates the university will offer additional incentives for students and employees to be vaccinated.

Kathy Wolf, vice president for marketing and communications, previously told the Daily News the university is not presently requiring proof of vaccination. In an email June 14, Wolf said the university will "share more details about these welcome changes in the near future."

Mearns said, "Because of your cooperation and discipline, we are emerging from the pandemic, and we are poised to return to normal. Let's finish the job."

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