SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — Texas State University students will be back on campus in full force in just a few weeks.
Last year, in-person classes were capped at 50% due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Texas State plans on returning to 100% capacity for the fall semester. Classes scheduled to be on campus will not have a virtual option.
Still, as the delta variant of the virus claws its way through the community and the world, Texas State is pleading with its community to get vaccinated. Officials are hoping this will help stop the spread of the strain that’s known to be more contagious than others, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
University officials sent a notice Monday, reminding students they can get their COVID-19 vaccine on campus by appointment at the university’s Health Department Monday through Friday.
Texas State is asking those who aren’t vaccinated to get tested for COVID-19 two weeks prior to returning to campus and to get tested every two weeks during the fall semester.
Here are more recommendations from Texas State for the fall 2021 semester:
- Students living in residence halls, regardless of vaccination status, should get a PCR test for COVID-19 two weeks before move-in for the fall semester
- Anyone who develops cold-like symptoms, regardless of vaccination status, should get tested for COVID-19
- Face masks are recommended for vaccinated and unvaccinated while indoors. It’s recommended unvaccinated wear masks while outdoors in crowded settings. The university says when the situation improves, this safety measure can be discontinued
Texas State offers free COVID-19 testing for all faculty, staff and students at the Curative Testing Kiosk, which is on the plaza between Flowers Hall and the Evans Liberal Arts building.
Regardless of the recommendations, everyone has their own take on the COVID-19 vaccine.
“I don’t want to get it, at least not now,” Angel Price, a student said. “The fact that people are pushing it makes me even more skeptical.”
Another student Latoya Harmon said she’ll get vaccinated soon.
“I plan on getting vaccinated before the fall semester,” Harmon said.
And Samantha Lucas, a sophomore, she said she’s already vaccinated.
“I am vaccinated, yeah,” Lucas said.
All of these students do agree on one thing though — returning to campus is a bit risky this semester with COVID-19 cases rising.
“It’s not necessarily the best of situations, but it is what it is at this point,” Price said.
Though Price won’t have the COVID-19 shot, she does plan to mask up. Harmon wants to make sure she gets the shot before being in full classrooms.
“It’s overwhelming, it’s very overwhelming sometimes,” Harmon said. “Being around a bunch of people at once in a small space is like a COVID case waiting to happen.”
The university is still pushing for everyone to get vaccinated.
“I just think they should push for people to get vaccinated harder than they are,” Lucas said.
Lucas is a bit on edge knowing not all of her classmates will have the extra protection. Still, she is excited to be back in person.
“I haven’t met hardly any people, I haven’t met hardly any friends,” Lucas said.
Texas State reminds everyone, if you feel sick, then get tested.
“For me as an individual, I will be as safe as I can,” Price said.