Monday, July 26, 2021

The bad news is that COVID-19 cases are increasing in every part of our world. The good news is that the existing vaccines are proven to be highly effective against the Delta variant, which is more contagious and more severe than previous strains of the virus. Take these steps to keep our community safe and to keep your campus experience as healthy and rewarding as possible.

Get Vaccinated!

If you get your first dose right away, you will be fully vaccinated soon after classes begin on Aug. 30. Those who receive the Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine will be fully vaccinated in two weeks. Find a vaccination location near you.

Report Your Vaccination

Submit your vaccination record. If you are a new student and submitted hard copies of your vaccination records to Health and Wellness Services, you must also complete the online form.

File Your Exemption

We urge you to be vaccinated. If you cannot be vaccinated, or will not be fully vaccinated by Aug. 13, it is important that we know that, too. Complete this exemption form. You will be part of our assurance testing program until you are fully vaccinated (two weeks after your final dose). At that time, you will need to report a change in your vaccination status as outlined in step two.

You must now submit your vaccination card or exemption waiver no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 13. In previous emails, we instructed you to submit this information three days before returning to campus. Given the increased number of cases nationally, we must expedite our understanding of the vaccination status of the campus community.

Please note that students and faculty members who are learning or teaching completely online (and will not be on campus at any point this fall) do not need to take these steps.

Questions?

Please visit our updated FAQs or contact us at covidupdate@wilkes.edu.