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Vaccine requirement update for employees, contractors, and volunteers

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Due in part to the success of previous COVID‑19 vaccination efforts, Washington State University will eliminate the employee, contractor, and volunteer COVID‑19 vaccine requirement in most settings. The requirement will be lifted in coordination with Governor Jay Inslee’s announcement that all remaining COVID‑19 emergency orders and the state of emergency in Washington will end by Oct. 31.

“Thanks to the entire WSU community for their continued efforts to fight the spread of COVID‑19,” said WSU President Kirk Schulz. “The health and safety of all Cougs remains paramount, and I encourage you all to stay up-to-date on your vaccinations and stay home if you are sick.”

As decided prior to the beginning of the school year, COVID‑19 vaccinations will continue to be required for students enrolled on a physical WSU campus through the 2022–23 academic year.

WSU strongly encourages the university community to follow the recommendations provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Washington State Department of Health. This includes getting vaccinated and receiving an updated, bivalent COVID‑19 booster, if eligible, as vaccinations remain the most effective tool at preventing hospitialization and death due to COVID‑19.

Visit Environmental Health & Safety for the most current information on the university’s COVID‑19 conditions. WSU will continue to monitor local, state, and federal health directives and guidance and will adjust COVID‑19 related policies, including those on masking and vaccination, as conditions warrant.

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