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WPI's New Booster Requirement and End-of-year Reminders

December 20, 2021

End-of-year Reminders about WPI’s New Booster Requirement, Winter Break Testing Information, Vaccine Card Upload Deadline, and Remote Worker Compliance

Dear Employees:

As the year draws to a close, we are writing with some information about:

  • Vaccination requirements (in a quick-reference chart)
  • WPI’s new booster requirement
  • The January 18 deadline for employees to upload their vaccine card
  • The urgent need for remote employees to become compliant and enter their vaccination status
  • COVID-19 testing over break and for the beginning of C-Term

Vaccine Requirements Chart for Quick Reference (see additional explanation here)

 

COVID-19 Vaccination

Primary Series

(2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna; 1 dose of J&J)
COVID-19 Booster Vaccination Information in Workday + Vaccination Card Uploaded
Current Employees Deadline was 10/11/21 Deadline is 1/18/22 or within 30 days of becoming eligible, whichever is later Deadline is 1/18/22
Fully Remote Employees Deadline is 1/18/22 Deadline is 1/18/22 or within 30 days of becoming eligible, whichever is later Deadline is 1/18/22
Newly Hired Employees Must be fully vaccinated prior to their first day of work at WPI Deadline is 1/18/22 or within 30 days of becoming eligible, whichever is later Deadline is 1/18/22

New COVID-19 Booster Requirement

As you saw in President Leshin’s recent message, WPI will now require all students, faculty, and staff receive a vaccine booster shot by January 18, 2022, or within 30 days of becoming eligible, whichever is later. 

  • Employees vaccinated on or before 7/18/21 with Pfizer or Moderna; or 11/18/21 with J&J will need to meet the 1/18 booster deadline.
  • Employees vaccinated after 7/18/21 will have to receive their booster within 30 days of their eligibility deadline.
  • Unvaccinated employees who have an approved medical or religious accommodation to the primary COVID-19 vaccination series do not need to apply for another accommodation; their accommodation will apply to the booster.

Check the CDC’s booster information website for additional details about vaccine-specific eligibility. Please check We Are WPI site as more information becomes available.

WPI has not announced plans for any on-campus vaccine booster clinics at this time. We strongly encourage employees to take advantage of the many free, public walk-in clinics available in Worcester, or to check the VaxFinder website for options across the state.

If you have questions, please email talent@wpi.edu.   


New COVID-19 Booster Requirement

As you saw in President Leshin’s recent message, WPI will now require all students, faculty, and staff receive a vaccine booster shot by January 18, 2022, or within 30 days of becoming eligible, whichever is later. 

  • Employees vaccinated on or before 7/18/21 with Pfizer or Moderna; or 11/18/21 with J&J will need to meet the 1/18 booster deadline.
  • Employees vaccinated after 7/18/21 will have to receive their booster within 30 days of their eligibility deadline.
  • Unvaccinated employees who have an approved medical or religious accommodation to the primary COVID-19 vaccination series do not need to apply for another accommodation; their accommodation will apply to the booster.

Check the CDC’s booster information website for additional details about vaccine-specific eligibility. Please check We Are WPI site as more information becomes available.

WPI has not announced plans for any on-campus vaccine booster clinics at this time. We strongly encourage employees to take advantage of the many free, public walk-in clinics available in Worcester, or to check the VaxFinder website for options across the state.

If you have questions, please email talent@wpi.edu.   


All Remote Employees Must Be Fully Vaccinated by January 18

  • Employees classified as fully remote are required to be fully vaccinated with their primary vaccination series by the January 18, 2022, deadline. Please refer to this earlier message for more complete details.
    • Any unvaccinated remote employees without an approved vaccination accommodation by the January 18, 2022, deadline will be placed on unpaid leave for six weeks; should they fail to come into compliance by the end of this six-week period, they may be subject to termination.
  • You will then need to get your booster within 30 days of becoming eligible for the booster.

If you have reviewed the vaccine FAQs and still have questions about WPI’s vaccination requirements, please email talent@wpi.edu.


COVID-19 Testing December 12 – January 3… and the start of C-Term/Spring Semester

The testing center will be open for reduced hours over break.

Always check the Schedule a COVID Test page for the latest testing schedules, especially if there might be a weather impact.

  • Normal hours from Sunday, December 12 – Thursday, December 16
  • Normal hours from Sunday, December 19 – Tuesday, December 21
  • Testing will only occur from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 28

NOTE: Appointments can be scheduled here

  • There will be no testing on:
    • Wednesday, December 22 – Thursday, December 23
    • Monday, December 27 
    • Wednesday, December 29 – Thursday, December 30
    • Sunday, January 2 

The testing center will resume normal operations at 8 a.m. Monday, January 3.

Upon returning to campus from their respective breaks, employees must resume regular testing protocols to help minimize the spread of infection among our community:

  • Vaccinated employees and graduate students must resume weekly testing upon their return.
  • Any employee with a vaccine accommodation must continue to test twice weekly for at least the first two weeks of C-Term/Spring Semester. (Our positivity rate will determine if we can make adjustments to testing cadence.)

Thank you for your assistance with these tasks. We hope you enjoy a restful winter break.