The University of Pennsylvania requires all faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated by August
The University of Pennsylvania announced on Tuesday that it will extend its COVID-19 vaccine requirements to faculty and postdoctoral interns by the fall semester of 2021.
All university employees must arrive no later than August 1st, the school Said in a statementStarting in two weeks, workers will need to start reporting their COVID-19 vaccination status to the school online.
University of Pennsylvania officials said that fully vaccinated faculty and staff should submit their COVID-19 vaccine information by July 1. New employees and employees vaccinated after July 1 should record their COVID-19 vaccine status as soon as possible.
Starting July 1, fully vaccinated employees will be exempted from weekly COVID-19 testing and daily screening for coronavirus symptoms conducted by the school. Anyone who is fully vaccinated after July 1 will also be exempt.
Faculty, staff and postdoctoral students who have not been fully vaccinated will need to continue to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms every day, be tested for coronavirus every week, and wear masks indoors.
The school also removed all social distancing requirements and capacity restrictions for classrooms, laboratories, offices, and other university spaces. Masks are still required indoors, but people who have been fully vaccinated outside campus no longer need to wear masks.
School officials said: “As we look forward to the vibrant fall semester, fully resuming face-to-face teaching, research, and university operations, maintaining a safe and healthy environment for the entire University of Pennsylvania community remains our top priority.”
The university stated in April that it does not require but strongly encourages employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
However, employees of the University of Pennsylvania now Join the university’s undergraduate and graduate student groups Receive authorization for the COVID-19 vaccine before the fall semester.
The school requires all full-time and part-time students to provide COVID-19 vaccine documents before July 1. Exemptions are granted only for medical and religious reasons.
The university said it will provide COVID-19 vaccines to students who were not vaccinated when they returned to campus this fall. Students need to self-isolate for two weeks after receiving the first dose of vaccine on campus.
The school is also developing guidelines for international students who have received the COVID-19 vaccine that has not yet been approved in the U.S.
Students who are not vaccinated or unable to provide documents at the University of Pennsylvania will be barred from enrolling in classes.
other The local agency requires its employees to be fully vaccinated Rowan University before the 2021-22 school year. The school is currently formulating employee vaccine incentives that comply with the union’s regulations.
Rowan also requires that all students who live on campus, off-campus affiliated housing, or attend face-to-face courses must also be fully vaccinated. Other local schools that require students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before the fall semester include Drexel, Rutgers University, Stockton, Lehigh with Princeton.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Updated guidelines released last week Said that employers can require workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to return to the office.
However, the agency stated that any COVID-19 vaccine authorization must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Civil Rights Act, and cited the ADA to require companies to keep certain health information confidential.
EEOC also stated that employers can provide incentives for employees to vaccinate, as long as they are not mandatory.
Pennsylvania Medicine Said last month All health system employees and clinical staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before September 1.
Starting July 1, all new employees must provide proof that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or have been fully vaccinated at least two weeks before starting work. The health system said it will only allow medical and religious exemptions.