Auburn University announced on Thursday that its vaccine compliance date has been pushed back to Dec. 15, 2021, for faculty and Jan. 18, 2022, for employees.
The policy previously required vaccination verification for employees by Dec. 8, 2021.
Classes for the 2022 spring semester begin on Jan. 12 and in order to retain teaching status, all faculty must meet the Dec. 15 verification deadline. This includes all full-time and part-time faculty, undergraduate and graduate teaching assistants.
To verify their status, faculty must do one of the following by Dec. 15:
- Verify that they are fully vaccinated.
- Provide an approved medical or religious exemption email from the Office of Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity.
- Verify they have received at least one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and provide proof of an appointment to receive the second dose no later than Jan. 4, 2021.
- Verify via documentation that they have an appointment to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine by Jan. 4, 2022.
- Provide proof of a pending exemption request with AA/EEO.
Other employees must submit proof of vaccination or exemption by Jan. 18, 2022. Fully vaccinated, according to policy, is two weeks removed from final dosage or single dosage of a vaccine.
- Employees must provide proof of receiving second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine by Jan. 4, 2022.
- Employees must provide proof of receiving the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine by Jan. 4, 2022.
The announcement comes one day after the Biden administration announced on Nov. 10 that federal contractors will have until Jan. 18, 2022, to certify that its staff is fully vaccinated. As a public research institution, Auburn University falls under the category of a federal contractor.
Protocols for verifying vaccination status can be found here.
The complete University vaccination policy can be found here.
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Originally from Helena, Ala., Caleb Jones is a senior studying journalism at Auburn University. He has been on staff with The Plainsman since 2019.
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