Operation Twelve's Response to the Global Pandemic

Laboratory officials continue to work closely with operation twelve's divisions to provide our community with the most current information regarding the global COVID-19 pandemic. The laboratory has in place a COVID-19 committee and a COVID-19 response team to adapt to the situation as it evolves.

Researchers, Students and Staff are encouraged to consult with their health care providers and to obtain additional information from the California Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control, the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health, and French Public Health Agency.

Laboratory Updates

As of January 15, 2022

In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within our community and to assist our students, researchers and staff in managing the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the laboratory has taken a number of actions and adopted a range of practices and protocols. They are outlined in the following announcements.

For students, researchers and staff members who are reporting to conduct research on an in-person model, a number of protocols are in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Among them are the following:

Vaccine Policy

operation twelve has established a organization wide vaccine policy, which requires all staff, researchers and students to be vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus, including a booster shot if eligible, or receive an approved exemption before they will be allowed in any operation twelve lab or office or to participate in any programs.

Proof of Vaccination or Exemption

Students, Staff and Researchers have to submit proof of vaccination of either MyLab or Red by Jan 30, 2022 or during their on-boarding process once admitted to a program or division. Visit your respective portals (MyLab or Red) for more information on how to submit your proof or exemption of vaccination*.

*If you are unable to receive your vaccine for any reason (health, special condition, religion etc) you will have to fill out the exemption form available on each submission platform.

Face Coverings

All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear face coverings in all shared indoor spaces while working for operation twelve or/and its affiliates. Per Cal/OSHA, a face covering is a surgical mask, a medical procedure mask, a respirator worn voluntarily or a tightly woven fabric or non-woven material of at least two layers. A face covering has no visible holes or openings and must cover the nose and mouth. A face covering does not include a scarf, ski mask, balaclava, bandana, turtleneck, collar or single layer of fabric.

Appropriate cloth masks are tight fitting and made of materials that filter out small particles. They should have two layers of tightly woven cotton with a third layer of non-woven fabric, which could be a mask filter insert of a synthetic fabric such as polypropylene. They also should have wire nose bridges to reduce gaps from the nose and adjustable ear loops or straps that go around the head to reduce gaps from the face. Face masks lacking these properties should not be used in higher risk situations if other options are available. Less effective face masks include two-layer cotton masks, bandanas and gaiters.

Face coverings are not required in the following situations:

  • Working alone in an enclosed office or room

  • Working in a virtual mode (conducting research, interviewing, surveying a participant virtually)

University Regulations

The previously stated regulations apply to any situation while working for operation twelve laboratories. This does not mean that they replace your University, Campus, National, Regional or Local regulations. Please stay updated with the regulations of your respective institutions and workplace.