COVID-19 Vaccination Information Updated May 21, 2021
Getting our campus community vaccinated is a priority, and W&L continues to partner with the Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD) and local providers to promote vaccination clinics and resources in the Lexington area.
COVID-19 Vaccination to Be Required for All Students, Faculty and Staff
While many of our students, faculty and staff have elected to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, nearly 30% of our campus community remains unvaccinated as of May 21. The American College Health Association recently recommended that colleges require all students on campus to receive a vaccine, calling it "the most effective way for institutions of higher education to return to a safe, robust on-campus experience for students in fall semester 2021."
To protect the health of the community and achieve such an experience on our campus this fall, the university will require all students, faculty, and staff to be fully vaccinated by Aug. 8, 2021. Our expectation is that requiring vaccinations will allow us to return to campus without distancing and masking, with all in-person instruction in classrooms at normal occupancy, and with other activities such as dining, performing arts, clubs and organizations returning to more normal in-person operations.
Please note that to be fully vaccinated by Aug. 8, individuals need to receive the first dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) around June 27 and the second dose by July 25, or receive a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen) by July 25.
It is important that the university have accurate data on the extent of community protection to make informed decisions about safe operations. To that end, we ask that:
- Returning students email a photo or scan of their completed vaccination card to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 31.
- Faculty and staff working on campus upload a photo or scan of their completed vaccination card to Workday by July 31. Additional information and instructions for employees will be provided in a Return to the Workplace Guide that will be sent in a separate email from Human Resources.
Individuals may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement. Students should email email@example.com to request a form, which must be submitted by June 15. Faculty and staff should email Kim Austin in Human Resources to request a form, which must be submitted by June 30.
How to Schedule a COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment
The Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD) has a few remaining Pfizer and Moderna clinics scheduled at the former Peebles/Gordmans site in Lexington (770 N. Lee Highway in the College Square Shopping Center) on May 25, June 1, June 8, June 15 and June 22 (Moderna only). These are the last large clinics being held by CSHD in the Lexington area.
To schedule an appointment at a CSHD COVID-19 vaccine clinic, please go to vaccineappointments.virginia.gov. This link will take you to the scheduling platform PrepMod. From there, you can look up any CSHD clinic that is close to your location. Scheduled appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome as vaccine supply allows. If you are scheduling a second dose, schedule for the same type of vaccine as your first dose.
In addition to CSHD clinics:
- Augusta Health is offering vaccinations.
- Rockbridge Area Health Center is offering vaccinations.
- Kroger is offering vaccinations at its Lexington store.
- Walmart is offering vaccinations at its Lexington store.
- CVS is offering vaccinations at its Lexington and Buena Vista stores.
Latest Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals
People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or two weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen).
Based on new state and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, effective May 24, the university will no longer require fully vaccinated individuals to wear face coverings or maintain a six-foot distance from others. The change applies both indoors and outdoors, except in the Student Health Center where individuals should continue to wear masks, and in the fitness center, where face coverings and distancing are still required. Employees in specific departments may still need to continue to wear face coverings in some situations. Department directors will communicate more information to those affected.
Those who are not yet fully vaccinated should continue to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others indoors and outdoors, and wear face coverings at all times, unless outdoors, stationary, and more than six feet apart.
Those in attendance at undergraduate Commencement on May 27 will still need to maintain physical distancing, but fully vaccinated individuals will no longer be required to wear a face covering at the ceremony. More information about Commencement can be found on the Commencement webpage.
Vaccine-Related Time Off for Employees
Paid time off is available for employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and to recover from related side effects once it is administered. Employees should speak with their supervisors about time off related to the vaccine.