Vaccine Information

Where can I get the vaccine?

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

Western requires full COVID vaccination for students and employees. A booster is no longer required, but is highly recommended. Fully vaccinated means it is two weeks after two doses of either the Moderna, Pfizer or Novavax vaccines or one dose of the Johnson and Johnson. In line with state requirements, volunteers and contractors on Western's campuses must be fully vaccinated.

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 Required

Western is continuing 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 full COVID-19 vaccination if you are eligible, per CDC guidance for eligibility.

  • 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 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 been vaccinated:
    • 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 vaccine record to Western using your MyWesternHealth Patient Portal
        • Student employees only need to submit proof through the student process

 

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.