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Vaccine requirements

Updated WSU requirements for COVID-19 vaccination

A few things have changed regarding vaccination protocol after formal approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Now that there is an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine, personal exemptions are no longer valid or will be accepted. However, exemptions are still accepted for religious or medical reasons.

Individuals should abide by the timelines for submitting proof of COVID-19 vaccination or religious or medical exemptions as indicated, below.

 

STUDENT DEADLINES

WSU students must submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination, proof of initiation of the vaccination, or file for a religious or medical exemption by Friday, Sept. 10.

Students with a personal exemption currently on file must provide proof of full vaccination or request a religious or medical exemption by Monday, Oct. 18.

Where to submit:
Cougar Health Services website

* Student employees should also submit their information in Workday

What happens if you don’t submit your information:
You will face academic holds

 

EMPLOYEE DEADLINES

WSU employees must be fully vaccinated or have obtained a medical or religious exemption by Monday, Oct. 18.

The vaccination verification requirement supersedes the previous vaccination declaration process in Workday.

Where to submit:
workday.wsu.edu

What happens if you don’t submit your information:
It is a condition of employment

 

Timelines for completing COVID-19 vaccines by Oct. 18

Pfizer
Two doses, 21 days apart | First dose no later than Sept. 13 | Second dose Oct. 4

Moderna
Two doses, 28 days apart | First dose no later than Sept. 6 | Second dose Oct. 4

Johnson & Johnson
Single dose | First dose no later than Oct. 4

 

COVID-19 vaccine locations

Washington Vaccine Locator
vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov

 

WSU Tri-Cities vaccine clinics

Every Wednesday through end of September
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Mobile medical unit in Floyd Building parking lot
(location changed for ease of access)
Free | No appointment needed

Mask requirements

Gov. Inslee announced a statewide mask mandate that will include vaccinated individuals in indoor settings.

Effective Monday, Aug. 23, all individuals over the age of 5 must wear a mask while in indoor settings that may be accessed by the public, including restaurants, grocery stores, malls and public-facing offices, regardless of vaccination status. The mandate also applies to schools (including colleges and universities).

There will be limited exceptions when masks aren’t required, such as office spaces not easily accessible to the public where individuals are vaccinated, and when working alone indoors or in a vehicle with no public face-to-face interaction.

View more guidance on mask requirements

What to do if you test positive

First, if you test positive you should isolate at home to avoid exposing others.  You will be contacted by contact tracers who will attempt to identify others who may have been exposed, please answer their questions to the best of your ability. Based on the rate of infections locally, contact tracers are being overwhelmed, so we encourage you to notify people, directly, if you’ve been in close contact with them.

Second, for students, please notify your instructor(s). They should work with you to make course resources available so that you do not fall behind.  This will also allow us to start tracing possible contacts on campus.  This may mean that you receive a call from two contact tracers – one from the county, and one from WSU.  All contact tracing is confidential, nobody will be told who tested positive.

Finally, people who test positive should follow CDC guidance on isolation:

  • People who do not develop symptoms can be around other people once 10 days have passed since the positive test.
  • People who do have symptoms can be around other people when all of the following are true:
    • 10 days have passed since onset of symptoms, and
    • They have not had a fever for 24 hours, without the use of medication, and
    • Other symptoms have improved
Where to find latest up-to-date information

WSU Tri-Cities will continue to maintain its COVID-19 web page at tricities.wsu.edu/covid-19. WSU individuals can also access updated information on the WSU system COVID-19 website at wsu.edu/covid-19.

Attestation no longer required

Students, employees and visitors who access a WSU location no longer have to attest to their current health status via the official WSU attestation process.

Classroom Requirements

Course delivery

To aid the transition back to in-person operations and course delivery, the WSU Provost’s Office has established the following frequently asked questions from faculty.
Access frequently asked questions on course delivery

Have a question? Send it to provost@wsu.edu. The provost’s office will add questions and ensure information is aligned with current federal, state, and university policies.

Employee Requirements

Telework agreement form (new version)

Those who are interested in continuing their teleworking plan or in starting a new telework agreement (must be agreed upon and approved by your supervisor) are required to submit the newly posted form:

Telework Agreement Form

* All old versions of the telework agreement form are no longer valid.

Visitor logs should be used for contact tracing

Attestation is no longer required, however, WSU Tri-Cities units and departments should log visitors for all meetings through the online WSU Tri-Cities Contact Tracing Form.

Events requirements

All on-campus events should be entered into 25Live for scheduling resources. Scott Tomren, campus safety officer, will review all submitted events and will follow-up with groups if there are issues as it pertains to providing services amid COVID-19.