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COVID-19 Vaccinations

Last Updated: May 25, 2021

For the sake of our city and campus, we implore each one of you – students, faculty, staff, contract workers and vendors – to receive your COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. Increasing campus immunizations will reduce the spread of COVID-19 and help us all return more quickly to normal lives with less restrictions

Student Vaccinations

All students will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccination for Fall Semester 2021. Additional information regarding the vaccine requirement for international students will be shared soon. Please click here for the locations of vaccination sites at Tulane and throughout the area.

Declining A Vaccination

Students may decline the vaccination for reasons consistent with Louisiana state vaccine laws by submitting a Vaccine Declination Form.

Students must submit proof of vaccination or a Declination Form by July 15.

Report Your Vaccination!

If you have completed the full vaccine sequence from an entity outside of Tulane, please update your vaccination records through the Campus Health Patient Portal. If you have been vaccinated at the Tulane Vaccine Clinic, you do not need to update your records through the Patient Portal.

Campus Health Patient Portal

 

Faculty and Staff Vaccinations

To recognize the incredible work of our faculty and staff this past year, and your continuing commitment to the health and safety of the community going forward, all faculty and staff who report that they have been fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine will receive a one-time payment of $500 for full-time faculty and staff and $250 for part-time faculty and staff. This includes employees who received their vaccinations months ago or who just recently completed their vaccination schedule. It will also include those who completed a Vaccine Declination Form through which they declined the vaccine due to medical or religious reasons.

Employees who decline the vaccination based on personal reasons will not be eligible for these one-time payments.

All one-time payments, subject to applicable withholdings, will be delivered via direct payroll deposit beginning in June. You must report that you are fully vaccinated or complete the Vaccine Declination Form by July 31 to be eligible for the one-time payments.

If you receive(d) your vaccination through the downtown Tulane Vaccine Clinic, located on the ground floor of the JBJ building, you will be automatically enrolled to receive the one-time payment. If you have been, or will be, vaccinated outside the Tulane system you must report your status through the Campus Health Patient Portal to receive your one-time payment or fill out a Vaccine Declination Form citing a medical or religious exemption. If you have problems submitting your vaccine status in the portal, please e-mail CHContactTrace@tulane.edu for assistance.

In addition to the one-time payment, if 90 percent of faculty and staff are vaccinated by July 31, 2021, we will host a special university celebration with multiple prize drawings.

New Uptown Vaccine Clinic Opening June 4, 2021

A new uptown Vaccine Clinic will open on June 4 on the ground floor of Phelps Residence Hall. You may schedule an appointment at the downtown Tulane Vaccine Clinic now or, beginning June 4, at the uptown clinic.

Employees can get vaccinated during work hours and are eligible for COVID-19 leave if they experience symptoms after receiving their vaccine. We will soon announce a webinar where Tulane health experts and administrators will address any questions or concerns you have about the vaccine or the vaccination process.

Louisiana Vaccine Hotline

The State of Louisiana has a Vaccine Hotline: 1-855-453-0774. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. The hotline will help residents schedule vaccine appointments, find vaccine providers in their area and connect people with medical professionals who can answer vaccine-related questions.

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TULANE-SPECIFIC FAQs

For Students

Will the university require students to receive a COVID-19 vaccination for the 2021-22 academic year?

Yes. Tulane University will require all students enrolled or otherwise present on Tulane’s campuses during the 2021-22 academic year to receive, and provide proof of having received, a COVID-19 vaccination authorized by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Students may decline the vaccination for reasons consistent with Louisiana state vaccine laws by submitting a Vaccine Declination Form. In addition to the COVID-19 vaccine, several other immunizations are required for all students by the State of Louisiana and the university. For more information, please refer to Campus Health webpage on required immunizations.

How should students submit proof of vaccination to the university?

If you have completed the full vaccine sequence through an entity outside of Tulane, please update your vaccination records through the Campus Health Patient Portal. If you have been vaccinated at the Tulane Vaccine Clinic, your record will be updated automatically.

What is the deadline for students to submit proof of vaccination or Vaccine Declination Form?

Students enrolling, or otherwise planning to be present on campus, for the 2021-22 academic year must provide proof of having received their final dose of an FDA authorized vaccine (second dose for two-dose vaccine or one dose for single-dose vaccine) by July 15.

Do students need to be vaccinated before moving on to campus?

Yes. New students and continuing students who are not on campus during the summer are expected to receive all required immunizations before arriving on campus for the fall semester and to submit proof of having received these immunizations or a Vaccine Declination Form before arriving on campus.

Will vaccinated students still need to participate in the asymptomatic testing program?

Yes. All faculty, staff, and students are required to participate in ongoing surveillance testing throughout the semester regardless of vaccine status or the presence of antibodies from a previous COVID-19 infection. This is subject to change as public health guidance evolves. More information will be provided closer to the fall.

Would students spending the fall semester abroad or in absentia and not on campus need to be vaccinated?

Although we encourage all students to be vaccinated, regardless of their enrollment status, students studying abroad or in absentia for the entire fall 2021 semester are not required to be vaccinated, but they must receive, and provide proof of having received, an FDA authorized COVID-19 vaccine if they plan to return for the spring 2022 semester.

What if a student is unable to receive an FDA authorized vaccine?

Students who are unable to receive an FDA-authorized vaccines (for example, international students traveling from certain countries) prior to their arrival or return to campus for the fall semester will have the opportunity to consult with Campus Health staff about whether vaccination in Louisiana is appropriate.  For those who may be directed to be vaccinated here, a grace period for vaccination will be allowed. If students have already received vaccines that are not authorized by the FDA, Campus Health will make individualized determinations about the need for additional vaccines based on which vaccines such students have received and relevant public health guidance. Questions about this can be directed to covidvaccine@tulane.edu.

Some new incoming graduate students are approved as Early Arrivals on campus as soon as July 1. Will they need to provide proof of having been vaccinated by the time they arrive?

Students must provide proof of having received a final dose of an authorized vaccine (second dose for two-dose vaccine or one dose for single-dose vaccine) by August 1.  New incoming graduate students who are approved to arrive on campus as early as July 1, should make plans to receive all required immunizations prior to their arrival.

 

For Faculty and Staff

Is the university requiring that faculty and staff be vaccinated against COVID-19?

Tulane strongly encourages all faculty and staff to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Employees who have been vaccinated at a clinic other than the Tulane School of Medicine Vaccine Clinic should also report their vaccination status through the Campus Health Patient Portal. Knowing the vaccination status of our campus population – faculty, staff, and students – is crucial to our planning and in determining next steps. Please see above for important information about reporting your vaccination to Tulane by July 31, 2021.

Will faculty and staff still need to participate in the asymptomatic testing program?

Yes. All faculty, staff, and students are required to participate in ongoing surveillance testing throughout the semester regardless of vaccine status or the presence of antibodies from a previous COVID-19 infection. This is subject to change as public health guidance evolves. More information will be provided closer to the fall.

Will Tulane pay for related expenses should we get sick from the vaccine?

If you work for Tulane and are covered under a Tulane insurance program, those expenses will be paid under your insurance plan.

 

For All Tulane Community Members

Does the university offer vaccination to faculty, staff, and students?

The Tulane Vaccine Clinic, located on the ground floor of the JBJ Building at 1324 Tulane Avenue, currently has daily appointment openings for COVID-19 vaccine for all students, faculty and staff. Tulane students, faculty and staff can make an appointment via this link. Please fill out the vaccine consent form in advance and bring it to your appointment.

What COVID-19 vaccines may be used to fulfill the university’s vaccination requirement?

Students are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the FDA. Currently, there are three such vaccines and information about them is available on the FDA website.

How will the university use information I submit regarding my proof of vaccination?

This information may be used to determine your COVID-19 vaccination status and your suitability for certain university activities and for reporting and operational planning purposes. The university will store this information in accordance with its information security policy and will restrict access to a limited number of authorized personnel. In addition, Campus Health and other authorized personnel may use relevant portions of this  information to ensure compliance with COVID-19 policies Tulane University has put in place to protect the health and safety of the campus community.

I've been vaccinated. Do I still need to follow university COVID protocols? And should I let the university know I've been vaccinated?

If you've been vaccinated, you must continue to follow university protocols on mask wearing, physical distancing and regular participation in the asymptomatic testing protocol. The only difference is that you may not need to quarantine if you were exposed to a positive case or recently traveled.

If you have completed the full vaccine sequence from an entity outside of Tulane, please update your vaccination records through the Campus Health Patient Portal. If you have been vaccinated at the Tulane Vaccine Clinic, your record will be updated automatically.

Will Tulane be monitoring vaccine recipients?

Yes. If you have already received both doses of your COVID-19 vaccine from an entity outside of Tulane, please submit documentation through the Campus Health patient portal to update your vaccination records. If you have been vaccinated at the Tulane Vaccine Clinic, your record will be updated automatically.

 

Please email CovidVaccine@Tulane.edu with any further questions.

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