February 4 is the deadline for most students, faculty and staff to submit their COVID-19 booster information. Information about vaccination opportunities can be found on the Campus Maize and Blueprint website.
Not everyone is eligible to receive their booster by Feb. 4. The timing and type of COVID-19 boosters that are administered depend on which primary series an individual received. Those who are not yet eligible for the booster will have 30 days once eligible to get the shot and report their information to the university.
Information to help better understand these considerations is posted on the Campus Maize and Blueprint website.
Anyone with a known COVID-19 infection should defer their booster shot at least until they have recovered (if symptoms were present) and have met the criteria to end their isolation. If a deferral will mean an individual cannot get the booster by their deadline, a medical exemption with medical documentation must be submitted to request to delay the booster.
If an individual’s medical provider says they cannot get the booster because they received monoclonal antibody treatment and should wait at least 90 days from treatment, they will need to submit a medical exemption with medical documentation to request to delay the deadline. If approved, the medical exemption will generally have an expiration date and employees must receive their booster and submit vaccination information within 7 calendar days of the expiration of the exemption.
Employees who have an approved exemption from the primary vaccine series do not need to request an exemption from the booster (unless the exemption has an expiration date). Weekly testing is required for anyone with an approved exemption from the booster.
Bargained-for employees should direct questions about the booster requirement to their union representative or supervisor.
Employees required to receive their booster by February 4 who are not compliant by the deadline will be subject to disciplinary actions.
Information about the vaccine policy can be found on the Campus Maize and Blueprint and University Human Resources websites.