University administers more than 500 doses of Pfizer vaccines to students
May 3, 2021
We strongly encourage all members of the QU community to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Medical advice from national health authorities and the CDC indicates that vaccines are safe, highly protective, and should be received by all except those with very particular medical conditions or allergies. Getting vaccinated is the surest way we can end the pandemic and return to the “normal” college experiences we all hope for in the fall.
We are looking forward to your return to on-campus life, learning and work in the fall. Because scientific evidence supports the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines to protect those who are vaccinated, and to help prevent further spread of the virus, Quinnipiac is adding the COVID-19 vaccination to the list of required vaccinations to attend in-person classes or participate in on-ground activities. We also will require that all university employees be vaccinated.
Students, faculty and staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Aug. 1, 2021, to participate in the fall 2021 semester.
Medical and religious exemptions will be granted upon review.
Dear students, faculty and staff,
We eagerly look forward to your return to on-campus life, learning and work in the fall. Because scientific evidence supports the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines to protect those who are vaccinated, and to help prevent further spread of the virus, Quinnipiac is adding the COVID-19 vaccination to the list of required vaccinations to attend in-person classes or participate in on-ground activities. We also will require that all university employees be vaccinated.
Students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated for the 2021-22 academic year by Aug. 1, 2021, and exemptions will be granted only for medical and religious reasons.
By having universal vaccination with limited exemptions across the Quinnipiac community, we will be able to return to virtually all facets of life on campus. Teaching, learning, research and student life will be able to occur in person, on campus, and with few restrictions.
Vaccination records must be uploaded by Aug. 1, 2021. Simply take a picture or scan a copy of your vaccination card.
Students – Upload your vaccination record to the Student Health Services patient portal. In the portal, click “Immunization Record” on the menu to upload your vaccination.
Employees – Upload your vaccination record to our HR portal and your information will be retained by the Office of Human Resources.
Visit our vaccine resources page for more information about the COVID-19 vaccine and locally available resources for vaccinations if you have not already been vaccinated.
Quinnipiac will work with students or employees who cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19 for medical or religious reasons.
Students – A form will be shared within the next week detailing the guidelines to request an exemption for medical or religious reasons. The form will then be reviewed by Student Health Services. All student requests for exception will be handled confidentially by Student Health Services.
Employees – Exemption requests should be sent to employeeCOVIDHR@qu.edu. An HR representative will respond to your request, discuss the exemption guidelines and provide the necessary form to complete. Employees can also contact Anna Spragg, Associate VP of Human Resources, with questions about the vaccination requirement. All faculty/staff requests for exception will be handled confidentially by HR.
We understand that it may be difficult for some of our international students to obtain vaccination overseas. Students who are unable to secure vaccinations in their home countries can request a temporary exemption to get vaccinated upon their return to the U.S. In accordance with CDC guidance, all vaccines approved by the World Health Organization are acceptable to fulfill the vaccination requirement for our international students.
Vaccinations protect your health and, as importantly, protect those around you in the university community and among our neighbors, especially individuals who are medically compromised and cannot receive the vaccine. With our students, faculty and staff vaccinated, our campus can largely return to pre-COVID academic and social interactions, and we will be able to remove most of the substantial burdens of managing a community under the threat of a pandemic.
Here are several indicators of a more “normal” fall semester that we anticipate will be possible with universal vaccination:
Student programming will be greatly expanded, from athletics and recreational activities to guest speakers, performances and more opportunities for clubs and organizations.
Our classrooms will return to normal capacity.
We will eliminate weekly COVID-19 testing for all vaccinated students. The level of testing for any vaccine-exempted student will be determined by our medical experts.
COVID-19 testing will be available for symptomatic individuals through Student Health Services.
As we get closer to the start of the fall semester, the possibility of a one-time test for all students at the start of the semester is currently being assessed. Masking requirements will be determined in alignment with state rules and medical advice. Regardless of a campus-wide decision, any individual can elect to continue to wear a face mask.
Easing back into our “normal” routines and behaviors will take time, and we recognize that individuals will have different comfort levels as we make these transitions. We ask that everyone be respectful and supportive of others’ choices within the bounds of campus requirements.
We have also posted frequently asked questions to address questions you may have about this vaccination requirement. Thank you for doing your part to keep yourself, our university community and neighbors safe and healthy. Please enjoy your summer and know that we cannot wait to welcome you back in August — to the extraordinary academic and campus experience for which Quinnipiac is known, and that we all love!
Dr. Debra J. Liebowitz
Fully vaccinated students whose information is on file with Student Health Services will not need to submit a pre-arrival COVID-19 test before the start of summer courses or participate in weekly surveillance testing.
Students not vaccinated, and those fully vaccinated but whose information has not been uploaded to Student Health Services, must get their own COVID-19 PCR test on or after Wednesday, May 12, and upload that test result by 4 p.m. on Friday, May 14.
Weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing will be held on all three campuses each Monday from May 17 to August 15, and will test a random sample of non-vaccinated students.
After completing a successful academic year where together we preserved an on-ground, in-classroom experience, we now look forward to welcoming you back to campus for our summer sessions, which begin on Monday, May 17.
We continue to strongly encourage all students to get vaccinated. It’s critical to protecting the health of our entire community, and it’s the quickest way we can start to lift many of our COVID-19 restrictions. Getting vaccinated will exempt you from many of our testing, isolation and quarantine protocols. Please review our vaccination information page for details on how to find and schedule a vaccination. There also are now many options statewide in Connecticut that accept walk-ins and do not require appointments.
It is our hope most of you will return to campus this summer fully vaccinated and will not need to be tested. For those who do need testing, we have created a testing protocol based on the latest medical guidance and the expertise of our COVID-19 Task Force to enable us to deliver a safe and successful in-person academic experience. Please review this information so you are fully prepared for your return to campus and can start your classes on time.
Fully vaccinated students whose vaccination information is on file in Student Health Services will not be required to submit a pre-arrival test or participate in any on-campus testing.
Students who have not been vaccinated, or are not fully vaccinated (having received both shots and two weeks have passed since your second shot), are required to provide a pre-arrival COVID-19 PCR test before they are allowed to start their summer classes. It must be a COVID-19 PCR test taken on or after Wednesday, May 12, and the test result must be uploaded by 4 p.m. on Friday, May 14, to Student Health Services. If a test result is not on file by May 14, the student will be required to begin classes remotely until a negative test result has been received and verified.
Students who have been fully vaccinated but have not filed a copy of their vaccination record with Student Health Services are required to follow the same testing protocols as unvaccinated students outlined above. We encourage you to upload your vaccination record as soon as possible so we can waive these testing requirements for you.
Once a student has been fully vaccinated, they must upload a copy of their vaccination record with QU Student Health Services. This is the only way we can confirm your vaccination status and exempt you from pre-arrival and weekly surveillance testing.
Once you’ve logged into the portal, click “Immunization Record” on the menu to upload your vaccination record.
Weekly surveillance testing will take place each Monday from May 17 to August 15, on all three campuses and will test a random sample of non-vaccinated students and students who have not uploaded their vaccination records. You will be notified via email if you have been selected for testing. The university will be closed on May 31 and July 5, so testing will take place the following day in each case.
Thank you for your ongoing support of our health and safety protocols as we work together to safeguard our Bobcat family and combat COVID-19.
All residents of CT age 12 or older are eligible and are strongly encouraged to get a vaccine. This includes all students, faculty and staff. We strongly encourage all members of the QU community to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Calling Connecticut’s Vaccine Appointment Assist Line at 877-918-2224.
Scheduling directly with a provider — some providers are offering direct scheduling.
Find a walk-in clinic — There are over 50 walk-in sites now open around CT that do not require appointments for vaccinations
We recommend students bring a QU student ID to the testing center on the day of their appointment.
Review a list of frequently asked vaccination questions prepared by the Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and a list of QU-specific questions.
Please remember: Regardless of a person’s vaccination status, all our on-campus COVID-19 safety measures, including mandatory mask wearing, physical distancing, and personal handwashing will still apply to everyone for the remainder of the spring semester.
May 3, 2021
The more students, faculty and staff who are vaccinated, the faster we can return to pre-COVID on-campus experiences. We’re highlighting individuals who want to share their story about why they got vaccinated.
“Three months after I joined Quinnipiac, the pandemic hit. So, in many ways, I share the eagerness of our first-year students to experience all the traditions, activities, programming and athletics that make QU such a special place. That’s why it’s important to trust the science, protect our community and get vaccinated — it’s the ONLY way we get to a fall semester where we can celebrate and soak up all the wonderful things Bobcat Nation has to offer.”
“I got vaccinated for my friends with preexisting conditions, for my parents, for my grandparents, for our Quinnipiac community. Being in the world of health care and having served as SGA president this past year, I have seen firsthand how important it is to keep the community safe with the hope of moving toward some sense of normalcy in the future. I am so proud and excited to say that I am fully vaccinated and that, in doing so, we’re one step closer to keeping our community as a whole safe!”
“I got my vaccine to not only protect myself and my friends, but also to help our Bobcat community get closer to any sense of normalcy. I haven’t been able to truly have a college experience yet due to COVID, but I know getting my vaccine can help me get one step closer to that!”
“I got vaccinated so that I can treat my patients every day and hug my grandparents again without worry of contracting or spreading the COVID-19 virus. I have been educated about this vaccine and feel confident that I can have productive discussions with patients, friends, and family to mitigate any skepticism or fear. The known benefits far outweigh the potential risks. I’m so thankful for all those who have worked to develop this vaccine, and for the Quinnipiac faculty and staff who have been advocating for their health care professions students to get the vaccine.”
“Throughout the last year, this pandemic has been hard on all of us. I got vaccinated in order to do my part in the effort to crush COVID and protect my friends, family and community.”