University of Alaska Fairbanks students adapt to new mask mandates for Fall 2021

Published: Sep. 15, 2021 at 4:52 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Student enrollment has increased at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) since Spring Semester 2021.

Students are following a new mask mandate that requires everyone to mask up while indoors and outdoors on campus.

The mandate has changed from the summer semester, where only unvaccinated students had to wear masks on campus.

Alex Franck, a student at UAF said, ”This year there has been many, many changes to the policies on campus and more flexible compared to 2019, and I was a student here last semester so I can see the difference overall.”

Some students say they feel a lot safer this year than last because they feel like they understand the virus better. They also say they are more likely now to take classes in person rather than through Zoom.

Calvin Daugherty, a freshman at UAF said, “There was a lot of information in the media, particularly about the dangers of COVID and how risky it is and how dangerous it is, and over the past year and a half or so I have seen for myself that, well, I think a lot of those things are exaggerated and not true.”

Many students are taking advantage of the free Johnson & Johnson vaccine given at Student Heath and Counseling Services. Some said they think vaccines are a great way to protect yourself from the virus, and many have received them.

Finn Wilson, a student at UAF said, “Last year I was a little more concerned because I didn’t know as much about it as I think I do now, and this year I’m a little less concerned and I’m a little less worried about getting exposed to things like that.”

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