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Employee vaccine reporting update and testing program

From: Human Resources

In the university’s continuing effort to ensure the health and safety of our campus communities, both students and employees of Virginia Tech are required to get the COVID-19 vaccination or receive a vaccine exemption due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief.

As Virginia Tech announced on Aug. 19, all employees, including full and part-time faculty, staff, and wage in all Virginia Tech locations, have until Oct. 1 to receive their COVID-19 vaccination or file for a vaccination exemption with Virginia Tech’s Office for Equity and Accessibility.

Currently, 88 percent of employees have reported their vaccination information.

Beginning the week of Aug. 23, the university started its surveillance testing program for the 2021-22 academic year with students who have received a vaccination exemption. Beginning the week of Aug. 30, employees will begin participating in the testing program.

Employees who have a vaccination exemption will be required to participate in weekly surveillance testing. Additionally, until an employee provides a record of their vaccination information and are fully vaccinated (two weeks following final dose), they will be required to participate in weekly testing. No exemptions will be granted from testing.

Blacksburg, Roanoke, and Washington D.C. metro area employees will receive notices weekly to schedule their test. The notice will provide the scheduling link as well as a list of testing locations. For employees who do not live near one of these three main campuses, they will receive a test kit by mail each week, which they will need to complete and return for analysis. Test results for employees will typically be available in 48 – 72 business hours; instructions for how to view test results is included in the scheduling email.

Once an employee registers their vaccination information in the university’s secure COVID-19 Vaccination Status Self-Reporting form, they will be removed from the university’s surveillance testing program. Click here for detailed instructions on how to registering vaccination information.

Failure to receive the vaccination and report vaccination information or file for an exemption by the Oct. 1 deadline will result in disciplinary action up to and including termination. Information about the testing program and frequently asked questions are available on the Ready site.

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