VUMC Masking Guidance Revised to Mitigate Spread of Delta Variant

In response to new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations and data that suggest fully vaccinated people infected with the delta variant of COVID-19 can still spread virus to others, on Aug. 3 Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC)—the region's largest private employer—announced changes to its masking and meeting guidance. We're sharing some of the relevant guidance here to help you as you revise your infection prevention policies to content with this more contagious variant. 

  • Masks, when worn, must be over both the mouth and nose.
  • Masking is now required for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status in all indoor areas of VUMC that are public, including non-clinical locations and corridors.
  • Masking is still not required in outdoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status.
  • When an individual is unable to wear a face mask due to a medical necessity, medical condition or disability, a face shield should be worn.
  • Meetings should be held virtually when possible. If an in-person meeting is warranted, participants should follow VUMC Masking Guidance.
  • COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for leaders.

Rising infections mean we must continue to do our part to prevent spread of COVID-19 and help end the pandemic. Although the delta variant of COVID-19 may be spread by vaccinated individuals, the vaccines remain highly effective at preventing serious illness, hospitalization and deaths due to COVID-19, with 99% of deaths due to COVID-19 occurring in unvaccinated individuals. Getting your COVID-19 vaccine remains your best method of protection against this serious infection.