Baylor College of Medicine

Coronavirus Messages for the Baylor Community

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Updated BCM Guidance on Masking

Baylor College of Medicine requires masking indoors for all individuals, vaccinated or unvaccinated, based on CDC guidance.

At this time Harris County is at a high rate of transmission (CDC Tracker). Unvaccinated persons continue to be required to both mask and physically distance. The College is not decreasing the standard occupancy limits for classrooms and conference rooms. If you are not vaccinated, in addition to masking, it is your personal responsibility to distance while in a group setting.

Please review the updated important College pandemic guidelines. To support these updates, Baylor has provided managers a FAQ to help answer questions. If you work in a Baylor affiliate, please continue to follow their pandemic guidance and infection control policies when located in their building.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information and Policy 

Baylor College of Medicine has approved a new policy requiring its faculty and staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, with exceptions for medical contraindications and sincerely held religious beliefs.

Employees must complete their COVID vaccination by Sept. 15, 2021. Religious and medical exemptions to the vaccination requests must be submitted by Sept. 1, 2021. 

Vaccinations are free and readily available at the Baylor Vaccine Clinic on the sixth floor, suite B, on the McNair Campus. Hours are 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Walk-ins welcome or make an appointment online.

COVID-19 Vaccine Attestation: In order to be recognized as fully vaccinated, all employees/learners, regardless of where you received the vaccine, are required to complete the vaccine attestation through the BCM COVID-19 Vaccine App. Employees/learners who do not complete the Attestation through the app will be considered unvaccinated.

Click Here to see the full communication from Dr. Klotman and Dr. McDeavitt. 

For questions about the COVID-19 vaccine or policy, please email coronavirusinfo@bcm.edu.

COVID-19 Travel Guidance

Baylor has updated its travel guidance for Baylor-sponsored travel. Baylor will consider travel for fully vaccinated individuals but will be treated as an exception and must be approved by Department/Unit Leadership and the Chief Operating Officer. This guidance includes more information for job candidates, international travel, quarantine guidance and personal travel reminders. Read the executive order used by President Biden

Gathering Guidance

This is the time of year Baylor has many normally scheduled gatherings such as department strategic retreats, welcoming receptions for new residents, etc.  However, for everyone’s safety given the current prevalence of COVID-19 in our community, please review and follow the updated Baylor Sponsored Gathering Guidance. This document provides details of guidance for any indoor and outdoor gatherings.  

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General COVID-19 Information & Resources

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The purpose of this section is to provide one source for you to access important information related to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Questions? Email coronavirusinfo@bcm.edu.

 

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What Wellness Resources are available for me and my family during the COVID-19 Pandemic?

The COVID-19 outbreak may take a toll on our well-being, including anxiety about the health of ourselves and our loved ones and challenges presented by social distancing and self-quarantining. A number of strategies can be helpful for maintaining well-being and promoting resilience during the pandemic. Any problem that troubles you, gets out-of-hand or reduces your ability to concentrate can be brought to the Employee Assistance Program (for Baylor faculty and staff). Get more information on all available resources here.

Leadership Resources

If you are a Department/Section, Mission Support or Central Support Group Leader, here are some resources to help you better manage your unit.

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Human Resources

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For COVID-19 questions that are not addressed on this site, please email ASKHR@bcm.edu or call (713) 798-2754.

Please see a full list of HR Resources.

For additional resources, faculty and staff should refer to the Faculty Handbook and the Employee Relations website (Baylor log-in required). Trainees should consult with the program directors.