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COVID-19 INFORMATION

Adults in Oregon are eligible to receive a free COVID-19 vaccination

When the FDA fully approves one or more of the COVID-19 vaccines, EOU will require vaccination for all students and employees who work, learn and engage with the main campus.

There will be medical and non-medical exemptions.


Vaccination Requirement FAQs

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Why are COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for EOU students, faculty, and staff?

Obtaining COVID-19 vaccination is a priority because a fully vaccinated community is the best way to protect our individual and collective health and safety. Also, it is only through widespread vaccinations that EOU can further loosen or remove restrictions that are inhibiting our ability to create the on-campus university experience we all thrive within. Removing restrictions will have a positive impact on the social and mental wellbeing of our students and employees.

Are those teaching courses online or working at regional sites required to be vaccinated? 

Employees teaching courses fully online and not engaging in any activities and/or events on the EOU campus are not required to be vaccinated. However, regional center staff who wish to travel to campus or engage in on-campus meetings and events must comply with vaccination policy. 

Are those attending courses online and at regional sites required to be vaccinated?

Students attending courses fully online and not engaging in any activities and/or events on the EOU campus are not required to be vaccinated. EOU will follow the policies set by our host agencies at all of our university sites.

Are there exemptions to the vaccination requirement?

Yes, exemptions are allowed for medical and non-medical reasons. The process for students and employees to follow for requesting an exemption will be provided in the coming weeks..

Do I need to be vaccinated if I have had a prior diagnosis of COVID-19?

Yes, you will be required to be vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination.

As a student, what is the deadline for proving I have been vaccinated?

We urge all that are able to be vaccinated to do so as soon as possible. Information about how to submit proof of vaccination will be provided prior to Fall Term 2021. 

As an EOU employee, what is the deadline for proving I have been vaccinated?

We urge all that are able to be vaccinated to do so as soon as possible. Information about how to submit proof of vaccination will be provided prior to Fall Term 2021. 

What if I am an international student and I received a vaccine that has not yet been approved in the U.S.?

EOU will work with any international students and employees who may have received a vaccine that is not approved for use in the United States (i.e. AstraZeneca).

How will this policy affect campus visitors and guest speakers?  Will they have to be vaccinated, too?

EOU will not require short-term visitors or speakers to be vaccinated, though they will need to observe all required health and safety precautions.

Will I be required to quarantine if in close contact to someone who tests positive?

Consistent with current CDC guidance, vaccinated individuals who have been in close contact with a known COVID-19 positive person will not need to quarantine. Students and employees with COVID-19 illness symptoms will continue to be required to quarantine whether vaccinated or not.

Are there concerns about whether asking for proof of vaccination status violates HIPAA or EEOC laws?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, is a law that prevents health care professionals from sharing private health information without the patient’s permission. Generally, the law pertains to a health care setting. It does not prohibit EOU, or other institutions or businesses, from setting a policy that requires people to provide evidence of their own vaccination status in order to return to campus. Individuals can then choose whether to disclose by showing proof of vaccination. Employers requiring proof of vaccination status of employees has been repeatedly confirmed to be permissible by the EEOC and does not violate discrimination in employment laws.


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