Pacific University will require COVID-19 vaccination for employees and students to return to campuses.
This policy will go into effect May 1, 2021, and will apply to all students and employees in full- or part-time Pacific programs. The requirement does not apply to students in fully online programs or to employees whose work is completely remote.
Medical and religious exemptions may be requested, consistent with Oregon and federal law. All exemption requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Students and employees will be required to complete a full series of the COVID-19 vaccine at least two weeks prior to arriving on campus for 2021-2022 academic terms, including those starting in May, June or July. Current employees already on campus will be required to complete their vaccination series by Aug. 1, 2021.
Pacific University has offered several large community vaccination clinics for employees, students and teh wider community, in partnership with local health systems.
About the Vaccines
The two vaccines currently available are the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. Both have been shown to be very effective in preventing people from getting sick (with symptoms) with COVID-19.
Both vaccines require two doses. After two doses, both offer around 94% immunity to symptomatic COVID-19.
The vaccines do not contain live virus and they cannot give you COVID-19.
Both vaccines are highly effective in preventing people from developing symptoms of COVID-19. It is unclear whether the vaccines prevent people from developing asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 or from transmitting COVID-19 to others.
Both vaccines also take time to gain effectiveness. The Moderna vaccine measures its efficacy 14 days after the second dose. The Pfizer vaccine measures its efficacy seven days after the second dose.
This means that you are not fully protected until one to two weeks after your second dose — and you may continue to transmit to others.
After Your Vaccine
It is essential that we all continue to take precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19 until widespread vaccination can protect our communities.
You may not be protected from the virus for up to two weeks after your second dose and you may still be able to transmit the virus even after vaccination.
Continue to wear a mask, physically distance, wash your hands frequently, and avoid gatherings.