Dear OSU Employees,
I hope that your fall term is off to a great start, and you are finding the positive energy level within our campuses and university locations to be restorative. I write to provide you an important update on OSU’s vaccination program.
As of today, OSU students are 99.6% compliant with OSU’s vaccination program, with 93% of those in compliance confirmed as fully vaccinated. We are very pleased with the level of compliance and vaccination rate among students. OSU employees are approximately 96% in compliance, and of those in compliance, 95% report to be fully vaccinated. University Human Resources personnel are working with supervisors to address non-compliance.
NEW: The Oregon Health Authority has recently issued Temporary Rule 333-029-1010 requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for healthcare providers and healthcare staff working in healthcare settings. The rule takes effect on Oct. 18, 2021.
OSU has a number of work environments that are included in this temporary rule, which defines healthcare settings broadly, including clinical and non-clinical workers in health care environments. These include staff working at Student Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, OSU Athletics training areas, the pharmacy within the College of Veterinary Medicine, and other OSU pharmacy clinics where patients are served. This rule also may apply to research and academic units that provide behavioral or physical health services to patients or research participants. Department leaders who believe their research, programs or services may be subject to this vaccination rule should review the definitions provided in the rule, and then contact me for a determination.
Healthcare providers and healthcare staff in healthcare settings at OSU must provide proof of vaccination by Oct. 18, 2021. This rule allows only medical or religious exemptions. Employees who are required to comply with this rule – and have previously sought an exemption to OSU’s vaccination requirement – must again seek exemption using Oregon Health Authority’s required forms. Employees can comply with this requirement by visiting Student Health Services COVID-19 Immunization Requirements website. Medical exemption forms will be reviewed by OSU’s Occupational Medicine team, while religious exemption forms will be reviewed by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access. This rule does not provide a philosophical exemption.
Thank you to each of you for your continued adherence to OSU’s public health strategies.
Vice Provost for Student Affairs
OSU Coronavirus Response Coordinator