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Last updated: September 13, 2021, 1:30 p.m.

CWU will require COVID-19 vaccinations this fall

Student getting vaccinated

The safety and well-being of our employees and students are a primary concern of Central Washington University, and we are committed and obligated to provide safe and healthy university environments for employees, students, and visitors. CWU has chosen to make vaccinations a priority this fall because we believe a fully vaccinated community is the best way to protect our individual and collective health and safety.

In accordance with Proclamation 21.14.1, CWU has chosen to make vaccinations a priority this fall. We believe a fully vaccinated community is the best way to protect our individual and collective health and safety. Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 will be required by October 18, 2021 for all employees and students. Medical and/or religious accommodation requests will be considered.

As a state-sponsored institution, CWU is obligated to adhere to these guidelines that are backed by scientific evidence as we pursue the safest path forward for our students, employees, and community members this fall.

It will take all of us working together to ensure students continue to have positive — and safe — in-person campus living and learning experiences this coming year.


Vaccination Requirement FAQs

General

  • Why are COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for CWU students, faculty, and staff?

    CWU has made obtaining a vaccination an urgent priority because we believe a fully vaccinated community is the best way to protect our individual and collective health and safety. Additionally, it is only through widespread vaccinations that Central can begin to loosen or remove restrictions that have impacted social and mental well-being, and increase access to a more complete in-person campus living and learning experience for more students.

  • When does the CWU vaccination requirement go into effect?

    The requirement is effective immediately and the deadline to provide proof that an individual is fully vaccinated will be October 18, 2021. Individuals need to receive the second dose of a two-shot vaccine regimen or a single shot of the one-dose regimen no later than October 4, 2021.

    Vaccine

    Series Dose Requirement

    First Dose no Later Than

    Second Dose

    Completed Series

    Fully Vaccinated

    Pfizer

    2 doses, 21 days apart

    9/13/2021

    10/4/2021

    10/4/2021

    10/18/2021

    Moderna

    2 doses, 28 days apart

    9/6/2021

    10/4/2021

    10/4/2021

    10/18/2021

    Johnson & Johnson

    Single dose

    10/4/2021

    N/A

    10/4/2021

    10/18/2021

  • On what legal grounds can the vaccination requirement be imposed?

    In response to the emerging COVID-19 threat, Washington State Governor Inslee declared a state of emergency on February 29, 2020, using his broad emergency authority under RCW 43.06. Under RCW 43.06.220, the Governor’s paramount duty is to focus on the health and safety of our communities. Proclamation 21.14 answers his obligation.

  • If someone has previously been infected with COVID-19, and can show that they have the antibodies against the virus, are they exempt from the vaccine requirement?

    No. There is no exception for those with COVID-19 antibodies; however, employee in this situation may qualify for a medical accommodation if it is not safe yet for them to receive the vaccine. To remain employed, you will be required to be vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination by October 18.

  • How will CWU safeguard vaccination information?

    CWU follows all FERPA and HIPAA requirements regarding medical information for students and employees. Only those with a documented need to know will have access to health information, including medical information regarding vaccinations and ADA accommodations.

  • Which vaccines must be received to be compliant with the CWU vaccination policy?

    Employees may choose any of the three FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines, manufactured by Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson and Johnson. Employees should pay attention to dose timelines to ensure they are able to receive the last does of the selected vaccine regimen at least two weeks prior to the October 18, 2021 deadline.

    Vaccine

    Series Dose Requirement

    First Dose no Later Than

    Second Dose

    Completed Series

    Fully Vaccinated

    Pfizer

    2 doses, 21 days apart

    9/13/2021

    10/4/2021

    10/4/2021

    10/18/2021

    Moderna

    2 doses, 28 days apart

    9/6/2021

    10/4/2021

    10/4/2021

    10/18/2021

    Johnson & Johnson

    Single dose

    10/4/2021

    N/A

    10/4/2021

    10/18/2021

CWU Employees

CWU Students

  • What documents provide proof of vaccination?

    The following types of proof are permitted:

    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Vaccination Record Care or photo of the card;
    • Documentation of vaccination from a health care provider or electronic health record; or,
    • State immunization information system record.

    Students can visit the Student Health Services website and follow the instructions to upload their information through the Med+Proctor system.

      NOTE: Personal attestation is not an acceptable form of verification of COVID-19 vaccination.

    • Will students who are not vaccinated be allowed to take online-only classes?

      No. Per President Wohlpart’s August 24 communication, vaccinations will be required of all members of the Central Washington University community — employees and students, including those who learn and work at our University Centers and Instructional Sites, and those who learn in virtual environments, even if totally online. CWU is committed and obligated to provide safe and healthy university environments for all of its employees, students, and visitors.

      CWU has developed this policy based on the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Washington State Department of Health, and the Kittitas County Public Health Department, as well as the Governor’s Proclamation 20-12.4 for Institutions of Higher Education (July 12, 2021). Student safety and well-being are CWU’s primary concern no matter where or how they engage in their courses, so they have every opportunity for success.

      Only international students living outside the United States and high school students enrolled in CWU’s College in the High School program are exempt.

    • Are those attending courses at university centers and sites required to be vaccinated?

      Yes. Per President Wohlpart’s August 24 communication, vaccinations will be required of all members of the Central Washington University community — employees and students, including those who learn and work at our University Centers and Instructional Sites and those who learn in virtual environments, even if totally online.

      Only international students living outside the United States and high school students enrolled in CWU’s College in the High School program are exempt.

    Exemptions and Accommodations