The College of Wooster Vaccine Policy

The College of Wooster is committed to operating our campus safely and to providing excellent campus and educational experiences.  We follow expert health guidance in making our decisions. In early June, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance for colleges and universities, and the NCAA released updated guidance for college and university athletics .  In addition, the American College Health Association has recently released guidance  for the fall semester.

Vaccination

Based on this expert health guidance, we have determined that safely resuming the campus life that is so important to our students requires having as many students fully – vaccinated as possible.  In order to protect themselves and the community, all Wooster students will be required to be fully vaccinated before the start of the fall semester.  Students who have medical, disability, or religious reasons why they cannot receive a COVID vaccine may apply for exceptions to this policy.   Students who have previously tested positive for COVID should still be vaccinated, unless they are currently ill.  Fully vaccinated students should submit their vaccine record information here by August 5th, 2021.

How to submit your vaccine record information?

First, Login to WebAdvisor (https://scotweb.wooster.edu)

Under “Vaccination Information”, select the link “Covid Vaccination Information.”

From the information on your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or other vaccine record enter:

  1. Which vaccine you received (select it from the pull-down options)
  2. Then for each dose (report both if you had a 2-dose vaccine)
    • The lot number (it will be either on a sticker or handwritten on your card)
    • The date you received the vaccine
    • (optional) the Lot expiration date (you may or may not have this on your card. It typically appears on a vaccine sticker affixed to your card)

Check your information carefully, then click the “submit” button.

Vaccine Submission Screen

You will then see a screen asking you to confirm the information is correct.

confirm web advisor

If the information is correct, click submit.

*If you do not have a lot number on your card, please take a photo of your official vaccine certificate and send the image to contact-tracing@wooster.edu.

All World-Health Organization-approved vaccines meet the College’s vaccine requirement. (Currently listed vaccines are Astrazeneca, Sinopharm, Sinovac/Coronavac, Pfizer/BioNTech, Serum Institute of India, Moderna and Janssen/Johnson&Johnson.)  We will assist international students who cannot obtain access to an approved COVID vaccine before arrival in the United States with getting vaccinated on arrival in Wooster.

Staff and faculty are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated.  Staff and faculty may submit immunization records here.  Some college activity may be restricted to vaccinated employees only.

Requirements are subject to change as we follow the CDC’s recommendations.

Applications for Exemption

The COVID-19 immunization requirement is in place to protect the health and safety of our community. The deadline to file a request for vaccine exemption has expired. If you have questions, please email vaccine-exempt@wooster.edu.

Students who are not fully vaccinated

Students who are not fully vaccinated (students who have an approved exemption, or international students who did not have access to vaccine prior to arrival) will still be able to participate in campus activities.  However, they will be required to follow current public health protocols for unvaccinated people living in a congregate setting.  At present, those protocols include wearing masks indoors when with those outside your household, social distancing, regular COVID-screening testing, and quarantining if exposed to COVID.   Depending on CDC guidance when the fall semester begins, there may also be other limitations for unvaccinated individuals.

Note that students who have not been fully-vaccinated may be excluded from class and residence halls if an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease occurs on campus.

Faculty and Staff Reporting Outside Test Results

Where do faculty and staff report COVID exposure or a positive COVID test taken off campus?

If you are a member of the faculty or staff at The College of Wooster and have been exposed to COVID or have received a positive test result from testing off-campus, please fill out this form. Your results will be forwarded to Wooster’s testing team. If your results are negative you do not need to take any further action beyond completing the form. If your results are positive, someone from Contact Tracing will be in touch to discuss next steps.

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