EVERETT, Wash. – Aug. 19, 2021 – Washington State University Everett will host a public Back-to-School COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic with Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson on the first day of classes, Aug. 23. A second-dose clinic will take place on campus on Sept. 13.
Operated by the Snohomish Health District, these Back-to-School COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics are open to the public. Appointments are recommended, but not required. Pre-registration can be found at these links for Aug. 23 and Sept. 13. Those ages 12-17 must be accompanied by an adult parent/guardian.
WSU will return to in-person operations and classes, based on Gov. Jay Inslee’s higher education proclamation. This is in large part because of the widespread, cost-free availability and proven efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, which WSU is requiring for all students, faculty and staff. Exemptions can be requested for medical and non-medical reasons.
“COVID-19 vaccines are free, safe and effective. Vaccination is our way out of this pandemic, and Washington State University is doing its part to ensure our community is safe,” WSU Everett chancellor Paul Pitre said.
According to the Aug. 10 order by the Snohomish Health District and Aug. 18 announcement by Governor Jay Inslee, all persons five years and older must wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Snohomish County’s order took effect Thursday, Aug. 12, and the mandate applies to all WSU facilities in Snohomish County. The Washington state order takes effect Aug. 23 and has the same effect: All members of our Cougar community will be required to wear a mask on campus while these masking directives are in place.
WSU Everett students may now access the Cougar Health Services Patient Portal to submit proof of vaccination or file an exemption. This process must be completed by Sept. 10. This means that by Sept. 10 students must have either provided proof of COVID-19 vaccination or filed an exemption. After any of the three currently approved vaccines receive full FDA approval, personal/philosophical exemptions will no longer be accepted. Students will have 45 days following the approval date to provide proof of vaccination (or initiation of vaccination) or file a medical or religious exemption. Upon FDA approval, the updated process for filing a new medical or religious exemption will be provided. Questions about the vaccine portal, vaccines or exemptions may be directed to email@example.com.
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