The deadline for faculty, staff and students to report their COVID-19 vaccination status is today, Monday, Nov. 15.
Unvaccinated students and employees — including those who have been granted an exemption — are now required to participate in the University’s surveillance COVID-19 testing process at least once per week. Appointments are available on Main Campus and Health Science Campus.
UToledo announced its COVID-19 vaccine requirement on Sept. 1, following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granting full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine and the rapid spread of the highly contagious delta variant.
Since then a number of COVID-19 vaccine mandates at the federal level have been announced that could impact our campuses.
The Biden Administration has issued an executive order requiring vaccination for employees of entities that have contracts with the federal government, a rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires vaccination at workplaces with 100 or more employees and a rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requires vaccinations of employees at healthcare facilities that receive CMS funding.
Those rules, when effective, would require strict enforcement of vaccination and allow for narrowly defined exemptions that would require UToledo to revisit its existing exemptions available for medical reasons or sincerely held philosophical or religious beliefs for employees.
The University continues to monitor the potential impact of these federal requirements.
Individuals who have not yet uploaded proof of vaccination or requested an exemption need to do so as soon as possible through UToledo’s vaccine registry portal. Uploading proof of vaccination will remove students and employees from the weekly testing requirement.