LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDKY) – No masks, no daily health screenings, and no quarantines at UK—but only if you’re vaccinated.
“The vaccination is the best offense and the best defense we have in this war against this virus,” University of Kentucky spokesperson Jay Blanton said.
Even though the state doesn’t have any COVID-19 restrictions anymore, the university does. Unvaccinated people will still need to follow protocols to keep the community safe. Blanton said the requirements follow guidance from officials.
“That’s the posture you see being taken by the state, by the federal government, by the CDC and the recommendations and guidelines they put forward,” Blanton said.
But as things return to normal, Blanton is reminding people that the virus is still out there. Just as we learned in 2020, things can change quickly.
“If we see changes or things that force us to pivot, that word everyone likes to use all the time, will do that because health and safety are always going to be our top priority,” Blanton said.
Based on the numbers right now, the university is confident about easing requirements. More than 70% of the campus community is vaccinated, and that number is growing. As long as cases go down, the masks can stay down too.
The university will also offer opportunities throughout the year for students to get vaccinated on campus.