Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Fall 2021 Protocols

Masks will be required indoors following the recommendation of the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) and due to increasing infection rates locally.

Under the new protocols, masks will be required indoors for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. That includes in classrooms, labs, meeting spaces, halls and any other indoor setting. The protocols will be reviewed periodically throughout the semester and could change based on community infection data, or new CDC recommendations.

Those who are unvaccinated will need to follow quarantine guidelines in the event of a close contact. Fully vaccinated individuals will not be required to quarantine following a close contact. Masks are not required outdoors, but social distancing should be maintained during outdoor events.

The faculty and students in health care programs are required to follow vaccination requirements of the clinical sites. The public will be allowed to attend events such as theatre productions, concerts, athletics and other offerings, with masks required and social distancing enforced.

More information can be found here.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

According to the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services, both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines use messenger RNA (mRNA) to encourage your cells to initiate an immune response to SARS-CoV-2, which is the virus that causes COVID-19. Janssen’s vaccine uses a vector (carrier) to provide our cells DNA instructions on how to create COVID-19 spike proteins that will initiate an immune response.

The vector used in Janssen’s vaccine is a harmless adenovirus (like the common cold) that has been modified so it won’t be able to replicate or cause illness.

COVID-19 vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be safe and effective at preventing COVID-19. Learn more about the different COVID-19 vaccines.

All COVID-19 vaccines that are in development are being carefully evaluated in clinical trials and will be authorized or approved only if they make it substantially less likely you will get COVID-19. Learn more about how federal partners are ensuring COVID-19 vaccines work.

Based on what we know about vaccines for other diseases and early data from clinical trials, experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine also helps keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.

Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Experts continue to conduct studies to learn more about how COVID-19 vaccination may reduce spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.


Get Vaccinated

Union Campus:

Vaccinations will be available in the Campus Learning Center on:

  • August 18 – 1–4 p.m.
  • August 31 – 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • September 1 – Noon–4 p.m.
  • September 29 – Noon–4 p.m.


Rolla Campus:

Vaccinations will be available at Sinks Pharmacy on:

  • Sinks Pharmacy – Rolla
    1375 E 10th St B · 573-364-9616
  • Sinks Pharmacy – Rolla South
    1100 S Bishop Ave Suite B (573) 308-4899

Free COVID-19 Testing

Union Campus:

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services will provide FREE COVID-19 testing in ECC parking lot N on the following days and times:

  • Thursday, August 26, 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 2, 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 9 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 16 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 23 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 30 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

NO pre-registration or appointment is necessary to receive a test