Novel coronavirus information

September 3, 2021

University of Washington vaccination reminder (Message to UW faculty, librarians and other academic personnel)

This message was sent to faculty, librarians and other academic personnel. The guidance below does not apply to campus staff, academic student employees, student workers or medical center staff. Staff and student employees received their own message, as did medical center staff.

Dear Faculty, Librarians, and other Academic Personnel,

Because a healthy and safe return to campus requires all of us to work together, we are sending an additional reminder about the University’s vaccine requirement. As you have likely read, Governor Inslee’s vaccination proclamation 21-14.1 requires all workers of Washington higher education institutions to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19, or receive an approved medical or religious exemption, by October 18, 2021. The Governor’s mandate applies to University faculty, librarians, and other academic personnel. The University is prohibited from allowing workers to engage in work after October 18 if they have not been fully vaccinated and provided proof thereof, or received an approved medical or religious exemption. Philosophical exemptions are no longer permitted.

Remember that you must attest to your vaccination status by September 10, 2021. If you have not been vaccinated, please do so immediately, and be sure to review the information below carefully.

Timeline to Schedule a Vaccine Appointment
To achieve full vaccination status by the October 18 deadline, you must receive:

  • First dose of Moderna by Monday, September 6
  • First dose of Pfizer by Monday, September 13
  • Single dose of Johnson & Johnson by Monday, October 4

You are only considered to be fully vaccinated two weeks after your last dose, so it is important to keep these timelines in mind. There are many places nearby to receive a vaccine, including UW Medicine, doctor’s offices and pharmacies.

If you fail to meet the requirements of the Governor’s proclamation, you will be subject to separation from the University in compliance with relevant employment policies and labor contracts. The University will be communicating more details on the vaccination verification and exemption processes as they are finalized. In the meantime, we thank you in advance for your work on behalf of the University and efforts to keep the community safe in these unprecedented times.


Cheryl A. Cameron
Vice Provost for Academic Personnel