Faculty and staff COVID-19 vaccinations

Dear Colleagues,

We want to congratulate and thank so many of you for obtaining your vaccines and for uploading your COVID-19 vaccination documentation to the Campus Passport. More than 85 percent of the staff, faculty and students who have been to campus since late May have documented that they are fully vaccinated, helping to stop the spread of COVID-19 on campus and beyond.

As previously announced, Brandeis is requiring all students, except for those with limited medical and religious exemptions, to be vaccinated before returning to campus in the fall. To create as safe of an on-campus environment as possible, we have decided to extend this requirement across our community. In support of this goal, all Brandeis faculty, staff, and affiliates who access campus must be vaccinated, and must upload their COVID-19 vaccination documentation by August 26, unless they receive a medical or religious exemption.

Proof of your vaccination or request for religious or medical exemption must be uploaded to the Campus Passport if you have not already done so (exemption requests may be submitted beginning the week of July 19th). On August 26, all vaccination “stickers” will disappear from individual Passports, since all members of our community will have either documented their vaccinations or received exemptions to meet this requirement. Fully vaccinated community members can already enjoy being outside on campus without their masks, reduced travel restrictions, and less-frequent testing, as was announced alongside our slate of summer 2021 policies.

For staff and faculty represented by a union, we are discussing this requirement with union leadership. Additionally, consistent with new state law, Brandeis will soon announce changes to our time-off policy related to COVID-19, and this program will soon include time off for vaccination appointments and recovery.

Individuals who have questions about how to upload their vaccination documentation can email c19testing-group@brandeis.edu. Answers to questions you may have about vaccinations can be found on the COVID-19 Response website.

Sincerely,
Carol A. Fierke, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Stew Uretsky, Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration
Robin Switzer, Vice President of Human Resources