Weekly COVID-19 Update - Faculty and Staff

To: W&L Faculty and Staff
From: COVID-19 Committee
Date: Thursday, March 18

Below is this week's update on the university's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please continue to check the COVID-19 Resources website for the latest campus messages and resources, and to submit your questions to covid19@wlu.edu

Vaccine-Related Time Off for Employees

Paid time off is available for employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as up to two days, as needed, to recover from related side effects once the second dose of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, is administered. Non-exempt employees should request COVID pay through their supervisors. Exempt employees do not need to log this time. In the unlikely event you need more than two days to recover from vaccine-related side effects, you will need to use CTO after the first two days. Speak with your supervisor to arrange time off related to the vaccine.

Access to Self-Reported Vaccination Data

Please remember to record your COVID-19 vaccinations in the Daily Attestation application after each dose you receive. We will be adding a page to the university's COVID-19 Dashboard to report the percentage of students and employees who have been fully vaccinated.

Whether and when an employee has received a COVID-19 vaccine can impact isolation and/or quarantine (I/Q) requirements. Therefore, in order to assist with the I/Q process for employees who attest "yes" to either question on the Daily Attestation, limited HR staff who are serving as part of the COVID Care Team will have access to the self-reported vaccination information in the Daily Attestation application. If you have questions or concerns, please send them to covid19@wlu.edu.

Local Vaccination Clinics

The Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD) is expanding its vaccination efforts this week to include all groups in Phase 1b, which includes those aged 16 through 64 years with a high risk medical condition or disability that increases their risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Invitations for these clinics will come by email or phone call. In addition, they will now post all extra appointments on their website at 12:00 p.m. the day before a clinic. Please review the specific clinic eligibility requirements before you register for an appointment. If you do not meet eligibility requirements, your appointment will be cancelled.

Reminder: Daily Attestation for Those Experiencing COVID Vaccination Side Effects

If you are experiencing side effects within 48 hours of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, you do not need to answer yes to the question related to symptoms on your Daily Attestation. Please do answer yes if you are still experiencing any symptoms more than 48 hours after your vaccine.