Information for the IU community about COVID-19 vaccination requirements.
Dear Members of the Immaculata Community,
Since the start of the pandemic, I have stressed my concern for the health and safety of all faculty, staff, and students. To ensure a safe return to campus for our IU community, we utilized the tools recommended by the health authorities and followed the recommended virus mitigation measures. It worked well, and I thank you for following the protocols that have protected our campus.
Over the past several weeks, we have been tracking closely the guidance from federal, state, and professional agencies, as well as the decisions of other colleges and universities. Recently, the CDC issued new guidance for higher education that supports fully vaccinated campus communities which are planning to return to regular in-person and on-campus operations. This follows earlier guidance from the American College Health Association which recommends vaccination requirements for campus communities. Several other Catholic, and local/regional institutions have also announced similar vaccination requirements.
As we look ahead to the fall semester, I would like to see a return to a more typical, on-campus experience. Accordingly, the Executive Administration and I have made the decision to require all students, faculty and staff be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to report their status by August 4, 2021.
While the vaccine directive provides a sense of security and is welcome news to some, I appreciate that not everyone will agree with or be happy about this requirement. Although I realize that vaccination is a very personal decision, our decision was made thoughtfully. It is important that we continue to do our part to protect ourselves and those around us. The good news is that we have been collecting data from employees and incoming students regarding their vaccination status, and we are finding that most have indicated that they are already vaccinated. As with other vaccines required to attend Immaculata, exemptions may be requested for medical and religious reasons. Exemption forms must be completed for those requesting this exemption.
I recognize how challenging the past year has been for everyone, and I thank you for your collective efforts, including this latest request, to keep our community safe, and I thank you in advance for your understanding, support, and observance of this request. General Vaccine FAQ’s, that pertain to our campus protocols, are provided on our IU website. Governor Wolf is also expected to make an announcement by June 28 regarding the mask wearing mandate in Pennsylvania. We will follow the guidance of this mandate for campus protocols.
I look forward to seeing you on campus.
EMPLOYEES & STUDENTS
Use this form to submit documentation of your COVID-19 vaccination.
Medical and religious exemptions will be considered. Request an exemption using an online form and submission process. Exemption requests can take up to 10 business days to review once received.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for all Immaculata students and employees?
Why is vaccination required?
Rates of COVID-19 infection and transmission are high among college-aged individuals related to the way young adults live and socialize. Infections cause illness and result in quarantine and isolation which can adversely impact mental health. Vaccination provides an important barrier against many new and more dangerous forms (variants) of COVID-19. By requiring vaccination, we will sharply reduce the potential for outbreaks on campus, while allowing for a thriving campus atmosphere.
What does it mean to be fully vaccinated?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, individuals are considered to be fully vaccinated.
- 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
- 2 weeks after a single-dose, such as Johnson & Johnson/Janseen vaccine
- If you do not meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated and should take all safety precautions until you are fully vaccinated.
If I am vaccinated, do I need to wear a mask, participate in COVID-19 testing or isolate/quarantine?
Vaccinated individuals will not need to wear a mask, participate in surveillance testing, or isolate/quarantine. Individuals who receive exemptions for medical and religious reasons will be required to continue to wear masks indoors, may be required to participate in surveillance testing and isolate/quarantine.
I am a student and do not take any classes on campus. Do I need to get vaccinated?
Students who are taking courses off campus are required to submit their vaccination information. Students enrolled in online courses are not required to fill out an exemption waiver if they are not vaccinated at this time. Even so, Immaculata strongly encourages that members of our community receive vaccination for the health and safety of themselves and those around them.
Community members refusing to comply with the COVID-19 vaccination requirement?
Students who are not vaccinated or have not received an exemption will not be able to attend class. Immaculata University will not provide COVID-19 learning accommodations, students are expected to attend class in the format as listed In their course schedule.
Protecting ourselves and our community.
Outbreaks among students have been shown to lead to outbreaks in surrounding communities, including deaths among vulnerable populations. COVID-19 presents one of the greatest disease threats we have seen in any of our lifetimes, and we have decided that requiring the COVID-19 vaccine is in the best interest of our campus community.
What do I do if I am an employee and have already verified my vaccine information?
If you have already voluntary uploaded your COVID-19 vaccination card, please click on the employee verification button, fill-in the required information, and select “Employee: previously submitted COVID-19 vaccination record.”
We will continue to promptly communicate any vaccine information. Additionally, if any changes in campus protocols are warranted, the campus community will be notified.
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