Influenza Vaccinations for 2020/2021
The oncoming colder weather, the start of the influenza (flu) season, and the overlap with the COVID-19 pandemic present extra challenges for all of us this year. The combination of these compels DePauw to take additional proactive steps in an effort to minimize the risk of infection within our campus community. The health and wellbeing of our campus remains a top University priority, and the care that each of you continue to take by following University health and safety protocol, both while working on campus and within your own personal lives, is greatly appreciated and needed to minimize the risk to you, your colleagues, our students, the campus community, and the broader community.
While influenza and COVID-19 are caused by different viruses, they have similar symptoms. Both viruses are extremely contagious and can cause serious health consequences. To protect and minimize the risk to our campus community, vaccinations against the flu virus will be required for all DePauw University faculty and staff who will be working on campus, or who will need to be on campus, during the remainder of the 2020/21 academic year. Employees who have a medical exemption from receiving the flu vaccine, or have a religious or philosophical reason for not being vaccinated will be exempted from this requirement.
The flu vaccination, in combination with the other health and safety measures that have been put into place, is another important step in efforts to keep our campus well. An outbreak of influenza due to low community vaccination rates could result in emergency rooms and clinics being overwhelmed while already responding to COVID-19 as well as an increased chance of spreading both respiratory illnesses in the community. The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting policies on masks and social distancing have also underscored the important role good health habits, such as getting an annual flu vaccination, play in keeping the community safe. Every year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends influenza vaccination; in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC states it is even more important to get the vaccine in order to reduce illnesses and preserve scarce health care resources. Additional information from the CDC about the flu can be found here.
As mentioned above, all employees will be required to receive a flu vaccine for the 2020/21 academic year no later than January 15, 2021, if you will be:
working on campus at any time, or
will need to be on the DePauw campus periodically (i.e. pick up items from your office space).
Exemptions from this requirement, include the following:
Not working on campus, or being on campus at any time during this academic year,
Religious reason, or
You will be able to report your flu vaccine status via your ADP portal. Click here for instructions for reporting a vaccine or to indicate an exemption.
Vaccinations will be available on campus during flu shot clinics through the Wellness Center; an announcement to campus regarding dates and locations of those clinics will be forthcoming. Vaccinations are available at many local retail pharmacies as well, at reduced or no charge. Additionally, instructions for how to enter the status of your flu vaccination into ADP will also be forthcoming in the near future.