Vaccination is required for all WashU employees and trainees. Vaccines are also available for dependents, spouses and domestic partners of employees and students. Booster doses are available for eligible individuals.
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Employees: Pfizer booster doses are available to WashU Med employees and trainees.
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Dependents and spouses/domestic partners: Pfizer booster doses are available through BJC HealthCare.
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University vaccination requirement
Vaccination is required for all Washington University employees and trainees across the Danforth and Medical Campuses. You are considered fully vaccinated when you are two weeks out from the final shot of your initial series. Two-dose vaccines are administered 21 (Pfizer) or 28 (Moderna) days apart.
Proof of full vaccination must be provided by Aug. 30 to ensure compliance with the policy. Students must provide proof of full vaccination by the start of their fall term or by August 30, whichever comes first. If you were vaccinated through the university, your vaccination record is already on file and no action is required. If you were vaccinated elsewhere, including a BJC HealthCare public clinic, you must upload a picture or scan of your COVID-19 vaccination record in ReadySet. (Within ReadySet, click on “My Health” and then uploading the image in the “Documents” tab.)
Anyone who does not obtain and record their COVID-19 vaccination in ReadySet or receive an approved exemption by Aug. 30 will be suspended without pay for up to 30 days. If proof of vaccination is not provided at the end of the 30-day suspension, faculty, staff and trainees will be subject to further measures including termination.
Testing for exempt employees and students
WashU Med faculty, staff and students working in Missouri who have approved vaccine exemptions are required to undergo weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing in accordance with a forthcoming federal mandate. The mandate requires all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated or require any workers who remain unvaccinated to produce a negative test result on at least a weekly basis. At WashU, the testing requirement becomes effective Sept. 27. Impacted individuals will receive additional information via email.
Per Illinois mandate, vaccine-exempt health-care employees working in that state are required to undergo weekly surveillance testing.
Regular testing not necessary for fully vaccinated
According to CDC guidance, individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 don’t need to be tested regularly. However, they should be tested 3-5 days after having close contact with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, or when experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
For questions regarding testing, email email@example.com.
Scheduling vaccine appointments
Vaccines are available free of charge.
Appointments for employees and trainees are available through the university by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Your vaccination record will automatically be uploaded to ReadySet, but please verify. You may also get your vaccine through a public vaccination clinic, but you will need to upload proof of vaccination in ReadySet.
Appointments for spouses and dependents are available by registering with BJC HealthCare.
You may also preregister with other health systems and through your local municipalities at a community vaccination clinic, which are available throughout the region.