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June 9, 2021 – Postdocs: Additional guidance for university COVID-19 vaccination requirement

Posted by on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 in Community Messages.

As announced last month, COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for all members of the Vanderbilt University community for the fall 2021 semester. Today I am sharing additional guidance on the university’s postdoc COVID-19 vaccination requirement. 

All Vanderbilt University postdoctoral fellows are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the 2021–22 academic school year. The deadline to submit your full vaccination record is July 31. This requirement applies whether you are working on campus or remotely, now and in the future. 

You can request accommodations for medical or religious exemptions through the Equal Opportunity and Access office. Accommodation requests should be submitted by June 15. 

You must submit your vaccination record using the vaccine tracker submission form, even if you received your vaccine from Occupational Health, VUMC or a VUMC clinic. Submission of vaccination records (or an approved or in-process accommodation request) by July 31 is a condition of your postdoctoral fellowship. Postdocs who are not compliant as of that date will be subject to disciplinary action, including termination of employment. 

We are working to finalize details surrounding protocols for the fall semester. I will share details with you as they are completed. 

Thank you,

André Christie-Mizell
Vice Provost