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Update on Vaccine Requirements for Return to Campus

DEPARTMENT(S): 
June 22, 2021

Dear WPI Community,

I hope you are finding time to rejuvenate this summer. I’m writing with an update on vaccine requirements and how we can all have a “better normal” in the fall. WPI’s Coronavirus Emergency Response Team (CERT) continues to work on our pathway toward a full and fulfilling experience of living, learning, and working on campus, and we continue to keep the health and well-being of our community as our top priority. 

You may recall that the key to unlocking this better normal in the fall with a densified campus is achieving a greater-than-90% campus vaccination rate for faculty, staff, and students. Here’s an update on where we are:

For Students:

  • Every undergraduate or graduate student who plans to be on campus this fall—for classes, research, athletics, or group activities—must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and must upload proof of vaccination into Medicat (or apply for a medical or religious exemption) by August 1, 2021. To date, 55% of students have reported being vaccinated.
  • Students who do not meet the 8/1/2021 deadline … 
    • will be unregistered from classes and placed on an administrative leave of absence.
    • will not be allowed on campus for any reason until C-Term/spring semester at the earliest. Students without an exemption will not have access to the campus until they are vaccinated and have uploaded their information.
  • Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their final dose of the vaccine. 
  • The table below illustrates deadlines to ensure full vaccination by the 8/1/2021 deadline. 
  • Anyone who is currently unvaccinated and does not have access to an appropriate vaccine option should contact vaccineworkinggroup@wpi.edu ASAP.

US-approved Vaccines

First Dose Deadline

Second Dose Deadline

Fully Vaccinated

Moderna

June 20

July 18

August 1

Pfizer

June 27

July 18

August 1

Johnson & Johnson

July 18

N/A

August 1

  • Vaccines in the U.S. are free and readily available—info can be located through this site. 
  • WPI will recognize all WHO-approved vaccines as meeting the COVID-19 vaccine requirement. International House has extensive support plans for our international students. 

For the Entire Community: 

Starting in mid-July, WPI will begin sharing aggregate vaccination levels on campus through our COVID dashboard. There is every reason to believe our goal of achieving greater than 90% vaccination for the campus community is attainable, given the remarkable commitment our community has demonstrated to protecting the health and safety of all faculty, students, staff, and visitors. 

I am proud to share that, as of today, nearly 88% of WPI faculty and staff are fully vaccinated, and just under 2% are partially vaccinated, essentially meeting our 90% goal for faculty and staff. We will continue collecting this information going forward, so for anyone who hasn’t entered their vaccine status, please do so right away! Thanks to all WPI faculty and staff for helping our campus meet our vaccination goals and help us get to our better normal.  

I also want to remind and reassure you that your privacy is a priority and individual vaccination status will be kept strictly confidential per federal guidelines. Only Health Services has this information. No professors, supervisors, colleagues, nor the WPI administration will have access to student or employee health information.

The FAQS located on the We Are WPI website will be updated with information about vaccines and WPI’s expectations. Students with questions or concerns about the vaccines are also welcome to contact our Health Services Team or speak with their own health care provider. Employees with questions or concerns should speak with their own health care provider, reference information provided by the CDC and/or the FDA, or contact vaccineworkinggroup@wpi.edu.

In closing, I ask anyone who hasn’t yet been vaccinated to do so right away. Millions of people are vaccinated now in the US and all the vaccines have proved to be safe and highly effective at preventing severe COVID. They remain the absolute key to returning our campus to more normal operations in the fall—I know that is a goal we all share!

Thank you for your ongoing dedication to WPI and to each other. I wish you all good health and a happy summer.

Sincerely,
President Leshin