Campus Communications

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Communications to Campus

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Dear Students, Staff and Faculty,   

In alignment with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance and based on the success of the COVID-19 vaccines over the past academic year in reducing infection and severity of illness on campus, Chatham will once again require a COVID-19 vaccination for all students participating in face-to-face classes or campus activities, and for all faculty and staff for the upcoming 2022-2023 academic year.    

Vaccine Requirement Details 
Chatham’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement for the 2022-2023 academic year is based on the CDC’s “up to date” vaccination definition, which is defined as a person having received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s). 

This means that students or employees on campus must have a record of their original COVID-19 vaccination (two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine; 1-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine) and a record of their booster vaccination—if more than 5 months since their original COVID-19 vaccination—to be considered “up to date” and in compliance with the requirement.   

As with other required vaccinations, Chatham will allow students and employees with valid medical or sincerely held religious reasons to apply for an exemption. If a student or employee had a COVID-19 exemption during the current academic year, they must apply for a new waiver for the 2022-2023 academic year.  

Vaccine Requirement Timing  
The records for the original vaccination dose(s) must already be on file or uploaded to Med+Proctor by August 1, 2022. All waiver requests must be received and approved in Med+Proctor by August 1, 2022. Records for the booster vaccination must be uploaded to Med+Proctor no later than November 1, 2022.   

Chatham is pursuing this vaccination approach with extended booster timing to reflect any updated booster guidance that may come out later this year, to have the option to receive boosters over the summer or closer to the traditional respiratory illness season, and to host a series of booster clinics on campus this spring and fall.    

Failure to have proof of vaccination or an approved waiver on file by the deadlines above will result in denial of access to university systems, to not be allowed to attend classes or work, and/or other measures in the 22-23 academic term. 

Other Considerations 
This policy may be updated or modified based on any new CDC or other public health guidance that may be issued between now and August 2022. In addition, some activities, such as: NCAA athletics, healthcare clinical rotations, and internships, may have additional vaccination or timing requirements as determined by the sponsoring organization, hosting site or employer.   

Chatham currently requires enrolled students to be immunized for COVID-19, hepatitis B, meningitis, measles, mumps, and rubella. Vaccinations for the flu, chickenpox, tetanus, hepatitis A and polio are recommended for your general well-being, but not required.   

Next Steps  
For returning students and employees, your original vaccination record is already in the system, and you will just need to visit Med+Proctor to upload your booster record once you have received it.  For new students and employees, please visit Med+Proctor to create your account and upload a copy of your original vaccination record and your booster record (if five months have passed since your original vaccination) once that is received.   

For those returning or new students and employees who wish to request a waiver, you must complete and submit an authorized waiver form for review and approval. Additional information and details on the waiver forms and process will be posted on our COVID-19 information site over the coming weeks.   

More information and links to waivers, instructions and links for Med+Proctor, and links to schedule vaccine/booster appointments are available at www.chatham.edu/covid-19/vaccine-info/index.html

As always, contact Student Health Services at studenthealth@chatham.edu or 412-365-1714 or fill out the Questions & Feedback Form if you have any questions, input to share or need additional information.      

Sincerely,   

Student Health Services, the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of Academic Affairs, and the Office of Marketing & Communications