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COVID-19 Vaccinations

William & Mary’s vaccine policy for Fall 2021 is shaped by our mission and goals, consistent with our pandemic response so far. The overriding considerations around which we plan are to protect public health and the safety of our academic community and neighbors. A key to our success so far has been that everyone in this community – faculty, staff, and students – has embraced the same requirements.

Vaccination Requirements

Given the scientific evidence to date, W&M has concluded that full vaccination is in the best interests of the health of our community. Once the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given full biologics license approval of at least one vaccine product, William & Mary will require vaccination for students and employees. W&M will ensure appropriate religious and health exemptions, consistent with the university's usual practices and policies. Individuals already vaccinated with FDA-approved Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) vaccines will not need to re-vaccinate unless boosters are recommended for efficacy.

In the interim, to maximize in-person learning and living at William & Mary this fall, while prioritizing safety, the following guidelines will apply:

  • All students, faculty and staff intending to participate in in-person activities in Fall 2021 must provide proof of their FDA-approved EUA vaccination status by July 15, 2021.
  • All those who do not provide proof of full vaccination will be required to be tested prior to arrival and at minimum once a week upon return to campus, to mitigate transmission of COVID-19. Specialized activities and working conditions may require more frequent testing, as warranted, based on the recommendations of our Public Health Advisory Team.
How to Report Vaccination Status
  • To provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, upload photos of the vaccination card you received when you were administered the vaccine. Kallaco Health & Technology has introduced the ability to upload proof in the Kallaco portal.
  • If you do not have a Kallaco account, create one by choosing “Forgot Password,” and do not use your W&M password.
  • Visit the Record section in Kallaco and follow the prompts to upload a photo of your vaccination card. Complete this upload process for each vaccine dose on your card.
Pre-Arrival Testing for Those Not Vaccinated
  • Students who have not received a vaccination approved by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) will be required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test administered within 72 hours prior to moving into on-campus housing or participating in any on-campus activities.
  • Students and visiting scholars who have not received an FDA-approved vaccination and whose travel schedule will make it difficult to meet the above timeline will be asked to test negative for COVID-19 in the 2-3 days before they begin their travel and again when they arrive at campus. No quarantine is anticipated for international students and scholars as long as they test negative.
  • All students will undergo additional COVID-19 testing until fully vaccinated.
W&M Vaccination FAQs
Why has W&M decided to implement this vaccination policy?

Given the scientific evidence to date, we have concluded that widespread vaccination is in the best interests of the health of our community. Therefore, William & Mary will require vaccination for students, staff, and faculty once the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given full approval of at least one vaccine. We will ensure appropriate religious and health exemptions, consistent with our usual practices and policies. Those who are already vaccinated with FDA-approved Emergency Use Authorization vaccines at that point will not need to re-vaccinate unless boosters are recommended for sustained efficacy.

Before that point, in order to maximize in-person learning and living at William & Mary in fall, while prioritizing safety to the maximum extent possible, the following guidelines will apply:

  • All students, faculty, and staff intending to participate in in-person activities any time during the Fall 2021 semester must report vaccination status by July 15.
  • All those who do not provide documentation of full vaccination will be required to participate in pre-arrival testing and prevalence testing administered at minimum once a week, to mitigate transmission of COVID-19. (Specialized activities and working conditions may require more frequent testing.)
We are taking these steps because William & Mary will be predominantly in-person next academic year. Programs that are fully online will remain so and we will continue to explore additional remote and hybrid learning paths in innovative ways. Yet students have been overwhelmingly clear about what they seek from their college experience at William & Mary: in-person learning and living, with the ability to convene as freely as possible on our beautiful campus. And faculty and staff have been clear that for many different degrees and fields, in-person environments ensure optimum teaching, learning and research.
How do the vaccine requirements align with state health guidelines?

The Virginia Department of Health has not yet issued guidelines for in-person activity at colleges and universities for the fall semester. William & Mary made this decision relying on the opinion of the Virginia Attorney General and in consultation with state health officials and other public universities in Virginia, supported by the American College Health Association.

How will students, faculty, staff and contractors document they’ve been vaccinated?

Kallaco Health & Technology, W&M’s logistics partner, has added the ability to upload proof-of-vaccination through a portal designed for communication and storage of medical records. Students, faculty and staff can upload photos of their vaccination card (both doses) or their record from the federal Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) to the Kallaco portal as proof.

All full-time students must separately submit a health evaluation form that contains information on four different vaccinations.

What vaccines are accepted?

Any FDA-approved EUA vaccine is acceptable: 

  • Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
  • Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
  • Janseen COVID-19 Vaccine (Johnson & Johnson)

William & Mary will update its list of accepted vaccines as they receive FDA approval, including EUA approval.

Are other vaccines required?

Yes, other vaccines are required for students. Those include:

  • Two M.M.R. vaccines (after the student’s first birthday)
  • Three Hepatitis B vaccines (or signed waiver)
  • Tetanus vaccine (within the past 10 years)
  • Meningitis vaccine (after the student’s 16th birthday/or signed waiver)
What happens to faculty or staff who choose not to get vaccinated? 

Until FDA approval, when vaccines will be required, faculty and staff are highly encouraged to be vaccinated against COVID-19. If they choose not to be, they may be required to continue to wear masks and/or practice physical distancing while working on W&M campuses and properties. They will also be required to test at minimum weekly for COVID-19.

What about unvaccinated students, including international students coming to study on campus who have not had access to FDA-approved EUA vaccinations?

All students who are unvaccinated will be asked to test negative for COVID-19 in the 2-3 days before they begin their travel and again when they arrive at campus. No quarantine is necessary as long as they test negative. W&M will help these students obtain the necessary COVID-19 vaccinations; they may undergo additional COVID-19 testing during the 2- to 6-week period it takes to become fully vaccinated.

How will this affect international students, faculty and staff working or researching abroad? 

Students, faculty and staff working, studying or researching abroad are considered “remote,” and so are not participating in in-person activities at William & Mary. We highly recommend that they be vaccinated against COVID-19 if they are able.

Will W&M offer mass vaccine opportunities for those still needing a vaccine?

William & Mary does not anticipate continuing to arrange mass vaccination opportunities past mid-May 2021. COVID-19 vaccinations are widely available in community clinics and retail pharmacies.

Will William & Mary offer COVID-19 vaccine booster shots if they become necessary?

Decisions have not yet been made on offering booster shots, which are not currently available nor recommended for vaccinated people.

How will W&M ensure the privacy of students, faculty or staff who qualify for a medical or religious exception to the policy?

William & Mary does not disseminate vaccine status information. Instead, the university uses a basis of “cleared/not cleared” for activities, such as in-person classes and move-in. 

How will this policy affect campus visitors and guest speakers? Will they have to be vaccinated, too? Will they have to show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test? 

William & Mary will not require short-term visitors or speakers to be vaccinated, though they will need to observe reasonable health and safety precautions.

Will I have to quarantine if in close contact to someone who tests positive?

Consistent with current CDC guidance, vaccinated individuals who have been in close contact with a known COVID-19-positive person will not need to quarantine.