Vaccine Information

Western requires full COVID vaccination and an initial booster dose for students and employees. In line with state requirements, volunteers and contractors on Western's campuses must be fully vaccinated, but are not required to have a booster dose.

Vaccinations and Vaccination Status

Students: All Western students need to provide their vaccination records to the Student Health Center via the MyWesternHealth portal. Directions and procedures for completing this can be found on the Student Health Center’s website.

Employees: All Western Employees need to submit their vaccination records to Human Resources. Directions for how to submit vaccine records can be found on the WWU Human Resources website.

Volunteers: Volunteers who will be on campus need to submit their vaccination records to Human Resources. Directions for how to complete this task can be found on the WWU Human Resources website.

Full Immunization and Booster Required

Western is updating the proof of COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all students and employees. Effective September 1st, 2022, all current Western students and employees, except for those with approved medical or religious exemptions, must submit proof of an initial COVID-19 booster dose if you are eligible, per CDC guidance for eligibility.

  • Current employees and students who are not eligible until after September 1st for an initial booster will have 30 days after their eligibility date to submit updated documentation to Western.
  • New employees hired after September 1st will have specific compliance timelines communicated as part of the hiring process. 
  • New students for Fall 2022 must be compliant with the updated requirement prior to attending in person activities or classes at the start of the fall 2022 quarter.

What you need to do:

  • If you have already gotten a booster dose:
    • Submit your proof by September 1st, 2022 if you have not already done so.
      • Employees: instructions for submitting COVID Vaccine records, including booster doses are found on the HR COVID Vaccine Website
      • Students: Submit your booster record to Western using your MyWesternHealth Patient Portal
        • Student employees only need to submit proof through the student process

 

  • If you have not already gotten a booster dose:
    • Get vaccinated: you can find a vaccine provider through the state vaccine locator tool or one of our upcoming on campus clinics. Clinic registration can be found at the end of this page.
    • Get a booster as soon as you are eligible; and
    • Submit your proof to Western (see above)
      • If you are not eligible for a booster until after September 1st, make sure you submit your proof of full vaccination if you have not already done so. This is required to be in compliance until you are eligible for a booster. You do not need to submit any additional update until after you are eligible for the recommended booster.  You will have 30 days after booster eligibility to submit documentation.
    • Or, apply for an allowable medical or religious exemption.
      • Waiver application instructions are available for students on the Student Health Center website, and employees on the HR website.
      • If you already have an approved medical or religious exemption on file, you do not need to apply again.

COVID Vaccination Exemptions

Western Washington University’s COVID-19 vaccination policy is in place because a fully vaccinated campus is the best way to protect the health and safety of ourselves and each other. Western's COVID Vaccine Status Reporting Policy allows students and employees to apply for a Medical or Religious Exemption to the reporting requirement.

Approved exemptions require additional safety requirements per the policy, including weekly COVID-19 testing when Whatcom County is experiencing a high level of COVID community levels. Required testing is provided free of charge on campus.

Students can find directions for requesting an exemption on the Student Health Center’s website.

Employees can find directions for requesting an exemption on the WWU Human Resources website.

The Student Health Center and HR provide detailed information on testing requirements for all individuals with approved exemptions.

Questions? Send them to covidvaccine@wwu.edu.

 

Where can I get the vaccine?

Western will continue hosting vaccine clinics on campus through spring quarter. First, second, and booster doses will be available. 

All upcoming clinics will be held in the multipurpose room of Alma Clark Glass Hall (CG on campus maps).

Sign up for the:

Additionally, COVID-19 vaccines are readily available in Washington State. Please visit the DOH's vaccine locator to learn more.