Find answers to common questions regarding COVID-19 and OSU's response. Questions and answers are updated frequently, so check back often for more information. These FAQs represent key topics and are answered from a university perspective. Check unit websites for more specific information.
We encourage students to upload their vaccination documentation on the Student Health Services website as soon as possible. We do not anticipate that UHDS residents living on campus for summer 2021 and beyond will be required to test regularly once their vaccination card information has been verified through SHS.
Uploaded documentation or a completed declination form will be required of all OSU students by September.
Unless directed by the local public health authority, we anticipate that you will not need to quarantine or isolate as long as you are asymptomatic (symptom-free).
We anticipate that students who are fully vaccinated and have completed the attestation requirement will not be required to undergo asymptomatic testing provided by the university.
Yes, we anticipate that the OSU vaccine program will apply to all OSU employees who are engaging with others outside of their household as part of their OSU work. We are not planning to apply this program to employees who are working fully remotely.
We encourage you not to wait. However, if you decide to request an exemption until a vaccine has become formally approved by the FDA, you may update your vaccination status at any time.
All students living in the U.S are eligible for vaccination and should have access across the country. Those who are living outside of the country may also have access. We are planning for OSU’s vaccination program to allow students and employees to obtain the vaccine when they arrive on campus, so they can be in compliance with this program. Here are resources to help locate vaccines: CDC vaccine finder
Yes, a vaccine received in another country will be acceptable as long as the vaccine received is approved by the country in which it was administered.
No. It is advised to get whichever brand of vaccine is available. You must complete both doses if you get Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one dose.
Yes, if they are otherwise in compliance with the OSU Vaccine Program requirements, including completion of a formal declination and any applicable educational requirements.
Yes, we will be asking for you to complete an attestation form.
Please call the OSU Student Health Services Nurse Advice line at 541-747-2724 with questions.
Communication will be forthcoming on how students and employees will provide proof of compliance. Students will use the Student Health Services patient portal, and employees will have another system in place to track compliance.
OSU will have a formal exemption or “declination” form you will need to complete. This will include educational requirements and possible additional public health measures for those not vaccinated to follow. Details on this process will be available in coming weeks.
Once finalized, non-participation in the OSU COVID-19 Vaccine Program may result in formal discipline for non-compliance per university policy. For students, this may include registration holds or other actions per the university’s code of student conduct. OSU will provide continuous communication and education to students and employees on how all members of the OSU community can remain compliant. For employees, the finalized policy and potential consequences will be detailed after discussions with employee groups, the Faculty Senate and unions.
OSU’s requirements will be the same across all OSU campuses and locations. Other colleges and universities in Oregon may have different approaches to vaccine requirements.
Completion of two vaccine doses for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and an additional two weeks after the final dose. Or completion of the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and two additional weeks.
A case-by-case analysis will have to be completed to determine if this is possible. Reach out to Equal Opportunity & Access or Disability Access Services to request an accommodation due to disability or religious belief for this situation.
Oregon State University is required to follow the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) guidance as well as OSHA’s Rule Addressing COVID-19 Workplace Risks. We are continually monitoring these requirements and will update as OHA and OSHA revise existing laws and requirements and public health conditions allow.
Students who learn, work or engage in-person in university activities, and employees who, as part of their job, engage in-person with others outside of their households at any OSU location are expected to comply with the vaccine program.
All students are expected to be in compliance with the vaccine program by Sept. 15, 2021. Discussions are ongoing regarding the intention to require vaccines for employees and the details of that policy.
At this time, there is no cost to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and no verification of insurance is required.
Yes, the vaccine requirement applies to all students who learn, work or engage in in-person university activities.
For students who have been immunized in the state of Oregon but have lost their vaccination card, Student Health Services staff in Immunization Compliance can access vaccine information through the Oregon Immunization Alert website. All others needing assistance with documentation can contact Immunization Compliance as well.
Students will be asked to attest to being vaccinated by uploading their COVID-19 vaccine documentation (CDC card) into their patient portal, which is the same process used for other required vaccinations at OSU. Students can access their patient portal on the Student Health Services website.
Students who have lost their COVID vaccination card can call the Student Health Services Immunization office for help 541-737-7573.
Communication will be forthcoming on how employees will provide proof of compliance.
Yes. It will take some time before all community members have access to vaccination. OSU will maintain the protective health measures and policies currently in place until public health conditions indicate otherwise.
OSU will continue to have most employees work remotely until public health conditions and state law indicate we can resume additional onsite activity. OSU encourages all of its community members to be vaccinated as soon as it is available to them to protect themselves, and to enable a return to greater opportunities for in-person working, teaching, learning, research, and student activities as soon as possible.
We are hopeful that the majority of OSU community members will receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the coming months. If that holds true, we are presently planning for a more traditional campus experience for fall term 2021. OSU will continue to provide updates about educational delivery mode and onsite operations as plans develop based on current health conditions.
We will manage a return to on-site work strategy at the university level, consistent with the university’s term-by-term planning and operational levels previously communicated. The University does not support the development of specific plans for individuals or units to return to on-site work separate from a university-wide strategy.
The university will continue to communicate the current operation level status in place at the time for on-site OSU operations, and leaders will provide further context to supervisors. OSU is not currently taking employees’ vaccination status into account in making on-site or remote work decisions.
OSU’s Face Covering in Public and Common Settings Policy will stay in effect until state and federal guidance or requirements call for otherwise. The wearing of face coverings remains very important as it is not known at this time if the COVID-19 vaccine prevents transmission, OSU is not currently requiring the vaccine and state/federal guidance or requirements require face coverings in many situations. Importantly, continuing to wear a face covering helps to protect the entire OSU community. OSU will continue following CDC and OHA recommended guidance and all state or federal mandates regarding face covering usage.
No, as with the flu vaccine or other vaccines, time spent getting vaccinated is a personal activity. When operationally feasible, supervisors should make every attempt to work with employees to adjust their schedule as appropriate or use accrued leave to cover time during the normal workday to receive the vaccination.
OSU does not control third parties and their vaccine requirements. OSU employees and students are encouraged to coordinate with those managing outside work or study to ensure understanding of all requirements.
Within the context of the university’s term-by-term planning and operational levels, when a business need exists for an employee to return to on-site work, supervisors may require that they return. It is recommended that supervisors carefully consider the work being completed, and the ability to effectively complete the work remotely versus on-site. If helpful, an employee and supervisor may also engage Employee and Labor Relations by contacting [email protected]) to facilitate a review as to whether work can be performed remotely versus on-site.
If employees need an accommodation related to their work location, workspace and COVID-19 concerns, they can speak with the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (EOA) to engage in the interactive process around an accommodation request. Accommodation requests can be submitted at the EOA website here.
Vaccinations are currently being provided to states free of charge. It is our understanding that a medical provider giving a vaccine may bill insurance for the cost of administering the vaccine, but there should not be any out of pocket costs for vaccine recipients (at least as of right now). For up-to-date information on vaccination costs based on your selected insurance plan, please visit the appropriate link at this website.
Employees may also call their insurance plan providers to seek current guidance at:
If an OSU student or employee was vaccinated in another country with a vaccine that is not currently approved in the United States, it will be accepted, as long as it is an accepted vaccine within the country it was administered.
Vaccination is an important consideration for adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions because they are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. The CDC provides information specific to those who have allergies or allergic reactions and the COVID-19 vaccine. You can consult with your medical provider to get more information.
Oregon front-line workers, such as those who work at colleges and universities, became eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations on April 5, 2021.
The Oregon Health Authority announced that all Oregon residents 16 or older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting April 19, 2021.
For additional information visit OSU’s COVID-19 Safety & Success website.
It is our understanding that the answer is “No.” Currently approved COVID-19 vaccines do not contain any amount of the COVID-19 virus. Rather, they help your body develop an immune response to the virus.
Yes. If TRACE-OSU testing is provided for you at your OSU location, you should continue to participate as it is important that we understand the prevalence of the virus in our university communities. The tests utilized by TRACE-OSU are polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, which detect whether the virus is present in your system. It is currently believed that the current vaccines for COVID-19 will not cause you to test positive on viral tests, as they help your body develop an immune response to the virus and do not contain a small amount of the virus, as some vaccines do.
Non-emergency phone: 541-737-7211
Oregon Health Authority: Dial 211
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and have symptoms, stay home; avoid close contact with others; and contact your health care provider, Student Health Services, or an emergency medical care provider.