Dear Colleagues and Students, Thanks to you all for your incredible work throughout this academic year. I’m writing with a short campus COVID update. […]
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. Throughout the pandemic, our decisions about how to achieve this have been guided by the best public health expertise, and we have evolved and adapted our plans as the pandemic and the science have evolved.
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.
All Wooster students, including those who previously tested positive for COVID, were required to be fully vaccinated before the start of the fall 2021 semester.
In light of the very rapid growth of cases of the Omicron variant, for which booster shots are particularly important, and based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we are requiring all students who are currently eligible to get a booster shot to do so by February 1, 2022. Students who are not yet eligible are required to get a booster shot within two weeks of becoming eligible. Please get a booster shot as soon as possible. The sooner you have the booster, the better you protect yourself and others.
Students who have medical, disability, or religious reasons why they cannot receive a COVID vaccine can apply for exceptions to this policy.
Fully vaccinated students should submit their COVID vaccine record information prior to their arrival to campus or by February 1, 2022.
First, log in 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 vaccination record enter:
- Which vaccine you received (select it from the pull-down options)
- The information for your CURRENT booster vaccine in the fields under “Current Booster” (our application shows your initial vaccine information and previous booster vaccine, if any)
Check your information carefully, then click “Submit” button.
You will then see a screen asking you to confirm the information is correct.
*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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.