Weekly COVID-19 Update - Faculty and Staff

To: W&L Faculty and Staff
From: COVID-19 Committee
Date: Thursday, March 25

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

Campus Community Vaccination Information Added to Dashboard

W&L's COVID-19 Dashboard now includes the percentage of all active students, faculty and staff who have self-reported COVID-19 vaccinations through the university's Daily Attestation application. The data, which will be updated weekly, reflect the date individuals reported receiving their vaccination doses.

NEW! Local Vaccination Clinics and Eligibility

Augusta Health is currently serving residents of the Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD) who are 16-64 with chronic health conditions, 65+ years old, Healthcare Workers, and all Essential Workers in groups 1a, 1b, and 1c. Essential Workers in 1c include Institutions of Higher Education Faculty/Staff. Upcoming clinics and registration links can be found on Augusta Health's Vaccine Appointments website.

Community Vaccination Centers (CVCs) run by the Virginia Department Health (VDH) are currently still in the process of vaccinating those individuals in groups 1a and 1b. VDH announced today walk-ins will no longer be accepted at CVCs. Individuals must pre-register to be contacted for an appointment and should bring a copy of their invitation (email, text, barcode) or other proof of name when arriving at the site.

University-Funded International Travel for Faculty and Staff

University funds can only be used to fund international travel for faculty and staff to countries where the CDC Risk Assessment Level for COVID-19 is Level 1 (Low) or Level 2 (Moderate) and the U.S. Department of State's Travel Advisory is Level 1 (Exercise Normal Precautions) or Level 2 (Exercise Increased Caution). No tickets should be purchased or non-refundable expenditures made unless the two advisories are currently at levels one or two. Questions concerning university-funded international travel for students should be referred to the Center for International Education.

Reminder: 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.

Reminder: Self-Reported Vaccination Data

Please remember to record your COVID-19 vaccinations in the Daily Attestation application after each dose you receive. Refer to your COVID-19 vaccination card and select the type of vaccine you received, and the date administered for each dose.