Federal vaccine requirement extends to six campuses with federal contracts

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa .– All faculty and staff at Penn State sites where work is done under federal contracts must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8 under President Joe Biden’s recent executive order requiring vaccination for federal contractors, Penn State determined.

This requirement applies to all employees of Altoona, Behrend, Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette and Harrisburg. University previously announced that all faculty and staff on the University Park campus must be vaccinated to comply with the decree. The vaccine requirement applies to all employees affiliated with these campuses, including full-time and part-time faculty, staff, and technical service workers, even if they are working remotely. This requirement also applies to graduate and undergraduate students supported by payroll, as well as all students supported by graduate assistants on these campuses.

A working group is determining the means by which employees will submit their vaccination confirmation and these details will be shared with the university community when finalized.

Biden’s decree applies to employees in buildings even where no federal contract work takes place, unless the institution can “affirmatively determine” that none of its unvaccinated employees will come into contact with an employee of a vaccinated contractor.

“After a review of the University’s federal contracts, we found that these campuses are home to government projects that subject them to President Biden’s executive order requiring COVID-19 vaccines for federal contractors,” said Kelly Austin, vice president acting senior of Commonwealth campuses. and executive chancellor. “While the mandate only applies to six Commonwealth campuses at this time, we continue to strongly encourage our faculty and staff – and students – on every campus to get vaccinated to protect themselves and our communities. of campus. “

Due to the federal deadline of December 8, all employees affiliated with these campuses who are not already vaccinated are strongly urged to begin the process immediately. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two weeks after the second dose of Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, which require four weeks or three weeks between doses, respectively. November 24 is the last day that individuals can receive their final dose to meet the December 8 deadline.

Under the auspices of the executive order, all Penn State employees must be vaccinated unless they are entitled to medical exemption or accommodation for religious beliefs. Information on the exemption request process for faculty and staff is forthcoming. Procedures, including potential employment penalties, are in place for employees who violate University policies aimed at complying with federal requirements.

In addition to the vaccine warrant for University Park employees, those who work and learn at Penn State at the Navy Yard are also subject to a City of Philadelphia vaccine warrant. As of September 30, 100% of affected students and employees at the Navy Yard were fully immunized.

All three licensed COVID-19 vaccines are readily available in hospitals, emergency care centers, doctor’s offices and pharmacies. Suppliers can be easily located by visiting Vaccines.gov.


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