Updated April 8, 2022

Covid Vaccination Protocols For Spring 2022

Vaccines support everyone’s safety. Covid-19 vaccinations offer effective safeguards from individual infection and protection of the community’s health. Robust levels of vaccination and boosters on campus will help Susquehanna University return to normal activity for spring 2022.

In developing Susquehanna University’s Covid vaccination protocols, university officials weighed public health guidance, state laws and feedback from the SU community. The American College Health Association recommends that all campuses require vaccinations and booster shots.

Students must be up to date with a Covid vaccine that is authorized in the U.S. by the FDA (e.g., Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson) or by the World Health Organization (e.g., AstraZeneca/Oxford and Sinopharm) and have a mRNA-based vaccine booster (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) within two weeks after their eligibility date.

Susquehanna aims to help all our community members access vaccinations as soon as possible. Students are strongly encouraged to receive a booster in their home community over the winter break. SU will assist in securing booster appointments. Please email covidtesting@susqu.edu for assistance.


Student Vaccinations

To protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and the broader community, Susquehanna University will require students who learn, live or work on campus for the spring 2022 term to be up to date vaccinated for Covid-19 and, if eligible, have received a Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech booster by Feb. 11, 2022. All other students must obtain the booster within two (2) weeks of their eligibility date. Students who have tested positive for COVID and are eligible to receive a booster have 90 days from the date of that positive diagnosis to receive their booster.

Students who participate in university-sponsored international travel must be up to date vaccinated prior to their departure. Student-athletes must be up to date vaccinated prior to the start of athletic practices and competitions, and they also are required to follow NCAA protocols.

Students may request an exemption from the Covid vaccination requirement for medical reasons or religious convictions, which will be considered for approval on an individual basis through the Student Health Center.

All students must submit their up-to-date Covid immunization record of proof if it is not already on file with the university. This can be done by sending a picture of the vaccine card to covidtesting@susqu.edu.

Returning Students: Email an image of your up-to-date Covid vaccination card indicating a booster to covidtesting@susqu.edu.

Enrolling Students (First-Year, Transfer, and Dual Enrollment): Please email a copy to covidtesting@susqu.edu.

Students who are not up to date vaccinated (either at the start of the semester or whose exemption was approved) are required to follow the protocols for unvaccinated persons noted below.

 


Questions about compliance with the vaccination requirement?
COVID-19 Hotline: 570-372-3333

Employee Vaccinations

Employees are strongly encouraged to be up to date vaccinated with a booster prior to returning to work on campus.

Faculty and staff members who choose to participate in the Global Opportunities Program as GO directors and traveling with students are required to have received all recommended up to date vaccine doses, including boosters.

All employees, even if up to date vaccinated, are required to follow the protocols of any off-campus premises they visit while on university business.

Employees who become ill because of a Covid infection or need to quarantine as a close contact should use their regular sick leave.

All faculty and staff who have been up to date vaccinated with an authorized vaccine as well as a booster should immediately complete the Faculty and Staff Covid Vaccine Form if they have not already done so.

If you are both an SU student and an employee, you must follow the student vaccination protocols first, then those for employees.

Faculty and staff who are not up to date vaccinated are required to follow the protocols for unvaccinated persons noted below.

Employees who are still not up to date vaccinated against Covid-19 are encouraged to talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the benefits of the vaccine and medical concerns you have. Faculty and staff may schedule vaccine and booster appointments during the work day without using vacation or sick time. Faculty and staff who need time to recover from the vaccine or booster shot must notify their supervisor and may enter the time as regular pay on their timesheets. Please coordinate the time off with your supervisor.

 

Employee Resources


Unvaccinated Persons

Students, faculty, staff and visitors who are not up to date vaccinated and do not have a booster shot against Covid should wear a KN95 or N95 mask

  • indoors always and maintain at least six feet of distance from other persons, and
  • outdoors when unable to maintain six feet of distance from other persons.

Exemptions from the Covid Vaccination Requirement

Note that a positive Covid antibody test (i.e., prior infection) does not exempt an individual from the vaccination requirement.

In the event of an outbreak, individuals exempt for medical reasons or religious objections should be protected from exposure. This may include exclusion from campus and/or required quarantine away from campus if exposed during an outbreak.

Medical Exemption: If a medical provider uses SU’s General Immunization Exemption Form to certify that a student’s health condition that is a valid contraindication to receiving a specific vaccine, then a permanent or temporary (e.g., pregnancy) exemption may be granted. On the form, the provider must specify which Covid immunization(s) that may be detrimental, why and for how long, and must sign the form. Medical exemptions for immunizations of other infections may not be considered applicable. Susquehanna reserves the right to require exemption approvals be renewed for each academic year.

Religious Exemption: Requests for exemptions must describe the principles that guide an objection to immunization using SU’s General Immunization Exemption Form and be signed by the student (or parent or guardian if under the age of 18). The university may require supporting documents. Prior religious exemption statements addressed to other institutions are not considered valid. Susquehanna reserves the right to require exemption approvals be renewed for each academic year.


 

Vaccination Locations

In accordance with Pennsylvania guidance, we strongly encourage college students and employees to get vaccinated as quickly as possible. Everyone age 12 and older is eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

Choosing to get a vaccine marks an important step to protect your own health and the health of everyone around you as we continue to unite against Covid.

There are several places in our local community offering vaccines. The type of vaccine varies depending on availability. You will be informed which vaccine is being offered as you register for an appointment. If you are unable to schedule an appointment using the links below, you can reach out to covidtesting@susqu.edu for additional assistance.

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