IMPORTANT: Updated Information on Vaccine Boosters and Reporting Guidance – Faculty and Staff

To: W&L Faculty and Staff
From: COVID-19 Committee
Date: Monday, January 3

Below please find updated information regarding the COVID-19 booster requirement and reporting via the Attestation site, as well as a reminder about start of term testing for employees. Updated information is underlined and in bold below.

UPDATED: Booster Requirement

All students, faculty, and staff who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster, except those who received exemptions to the vaccine requirement, are required to receive a COVID-19 booster by January 31, 2022. The Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines are preferred for booster doses (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html), though the university will accept the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine booster for individuals who got that vaccine for their first dose, if that is their preference. We strongly encourage everyone to get a booster as soon as possible as boosters provide increased protection against infection and serious illness and close contacts who received their booster at least one week prior to exposure are not required to quarantine.

Individuals who are not yet eligible are not required to get the booster by Jan. 31 but are required to get the booster within 30 days of becoming eligible, either six months after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two months after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. If you have an approved exemption from the vaccine requirement, you are also exempt from the booster requirement.

We will continue to do the previously announced drawings for both students and employees during the month of January. The earlier you report your booster, the better your chances to win. To find booster options near you, check the CDC's Vaccines.gov website, or to find booster options in Virginia, check the VDH's Vaccinate.Virginia.gov website.

UPDATED: Reporting Symptoms and Close Contacts

The Dec. 29 communication incorrectly stated that employees should email positive test results to the COVID Care email. Employees should continue to report positive COVID test results, symptoms, and close contacts through the Attestation site. Please do not email results to COVID Care. Once you have reported through the Attestation site, you will be contacted by a member of the HR COVID Care Team to receive instructions about quarantining at home.

Reminder re: Masking

Masks are required at all times in all public indoor spaces on campus, including common areas in residence halls and open office spaces, until further notice. KN-95 masks have been shown to be more effective than cloth masks at slowing spread of the virus, so the university will provide additional KN-95 masks to all students, faculty, and staff at the start of Winter Term/Spring Semester to encourage their use on campus.

Reminder re: Start of Term Testing Requirement for Employees

Employees are required to get an on-campus COVID test between Jan. 6 and Jan. 13 and must self-schedule a PCR test through the Aura app on one of the dates listed below.

  • Thursday, Jan. 6 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. (expanded hours)
  • Sunday, Jan. 9 from 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. (new date)
  • Monday, Jan. 10 from 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 11 from 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 12 from 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 13 from 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (regular COVID-19 testing schedule resumes)