To: Seattle University Community
From: Shane Martin, Provost and Tim Leary, Executive Vice President
Co-Chairs, Seattle University Opening Task Force
Subject: Updated COVID-19 Vaccination Policy to Address Booster Doses
Date: February 25, 2022
The following information applies to all Seattle University students, faculty and staff:
Seattle University has amended the university’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy to state that all eligible, non-exempt students, faculty and staff are expected to receive authorized COVID-19 vaccine booster doses and to register those doses with the university by April 1, 2022.
The university made the decision to amend the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy to address booster doses based on the CDC’s updated guidance that individuals are only “up to date” with their COVID-19 vaccinations when they have “received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible.” This updated guidance reflects scientific data evaluated by the CDC that shows that COVID-19 vaccine boosters are safe and effective at preventing severe illness and hospitalization and counteracting the waning efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines over time.
All eligible, non-exempt university students, faculty and staff are therefore expected to receive an authorized COVID-19 vaccine booster dose and to register their dose with the university no later than April 1, 2022.
For more information on COVID-19 vaccine booster doses and CDC guidance regarding preventing infection and the spread of COVID-19, please visit the CDC’s website. For additional information on how the university is monitoring and addressing COVID-19, please visit the university’s COVID-19 Response Webpage.