August 12, 2021 Updates to student vaccine requirements
Changes to vaccination requirements and dates
The deadline to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a request for exemption has been changed.
Students must provide proof that they have initiated or completed the vaccination process or must request an exemption by Sept. 10. Employees must submit a vaccine declaration or request an exemption by Aug. 23.
The changes are in response to the ever-changing circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the spread of the Delta variant rising and with particularly high rates of spread in Benton and Franklin counties, taking steps now to mitigate the spread is prudent.
Processes for campus community members
Students must either submit proof of initiation or completion of a COVID-19 vaccination or request an exemption through the Cougar Health Services website.
Students, faculty and staff who work in healthcare or clinical settings in Washington state are subject to Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21‑14. These individuals are not permitted to request a personal/philosophical exemption.
After FDA approval of COVID-19 vaccine, personal exemptions no longer an option
After any of the three currently approved vaccines receive full FDA approval, personal exemptions will no longer be an option. Exemptions for religious and medical reasons, however, will be allowed. Students will have 45 days following the approval date to provide proof of vaccination (or initiation of the vaccination) or file for a medical or religious exemption. Upon FDA approval, the updated process for filing a new medical or religious exemption will be provided.
COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective
COVID-19 vaccines remain highly effective at preventing severe disease, and breakthrough infections for COVID-19 vaccinated individuals remain uncommon. Local data indicates that more than 90% of new COVID-19 infections are among unvaccinated people. We encourage you to talk to your health care provider about your best options.
On-campus COVID-19 vaccine clinics beginning Aug. 18
Every Wednesday through end of September 2021
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Mobile medical unit in CIC parking lot
The vaccine clinics are open to the public and do not require an appointment. There is no cost for the vaccine.