Aug. 24: Deadline for vaccine verification form is Aug. 31

MSU Faculty and Staff,

One week remains until the Aug. 31 deadline for all faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 (either fully or with at least one dose of a two-dose vaccine). Faculty and staff should complete the vaccine verification form even if they’ve already completed the vaccination survey. Those who haven’t completed the vaccine verification form and attested that they are vaccinated or applied for an exemption by Aug. 31 will be considered non-compliant. That will begin a process that could result in discipline up to termination of employment. Additionally, those who are not in compliance with the vaccine requirement must participate in the Early Detection Program effective Sept. 1, 2021.

Limited medical and religious exemptions are available for faculty and staff. Even those seeking an exemption MUST fill out the vaccine verification form, which will direct you to the exemption process. Those granted medical or religious exemptions, and those whose exemption requests are pending or being appealed, must participate in the Early Detection Program by Sept. 1, 2021. As a reminder, the verification and exemption forms can be found at the Together We Will website.

For those who have been vaccinated or have applied for an exemption, thank you for doing your part to help protect the MSU community. Everyone else must either receive their vaccine or apply for an exemption by Aug. 31, as well as fill out all the applicable forms.

You can receive a free COVID-19 vaccination through the MSU Health Care Pharmacy. At this time, while COVID-19 vaccine boosters are expected to be available to the general population in September, the MSU Health Care Pharmacy is currently only providing first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which now has full FDA approval. Additionally, free COVID-19 vaccination clinics leading up to and following the vaccination requirement deadline are available to all faculty and staff. For those not in the East Lansing area, visit vaccines.gov to find a U.S. vaccination site near you.

Recently, President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., and other university leaders recorded a podcast answering questions about COVID-19 from faculty and staff. Please listen here.

Thank you for your cooperation.