WSU recently implemented a new executive policy that expands vaccine requirements for students. It also codifies the university’s stance on required vaccinations for employees in response to public health mandates.
Dr. Guy Palmer, who co‑led and coordinated WSU’s response to COVID‑19, testified today before the Washington Senate committee on the lessons learned so far during the pandemic and those that are still being learned.
To comply with the state’s vaccination requirement, unvaccinated WSU employees have until Sept. 13 to get the first Pfizer shot, or they can get the single-dose Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine by Oct. 4.
The policy changes, coupled with the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine, allow WSU to welcome back all employees safely. The process of returning to physical work locations is expected to begin July 12.
Although students taking classes during the summer session in Pullman will not have to participate in arrival testing, they will have to abide by public health and safety requirements such as wearing facial coverings.
Board-certified pathologist Guy Palmer tackles a variety of COVID‑19 related topics in a question-and-answer format designed to help WSU viewers better understand the science for battling the global pandemic.