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New federal mandate results in changes to COVID-19 vaccine waiver options | CU Boulder today

On Sept. 9, President Joe Biden announced an executive order requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for employees of federal contractors, including all workplaces that employ 100 or more people and receive federal funding, such as CU Boulder.

In response to federal requirements, all CU Boulder students, faculty, and employees who have submitted non-medical waivers for the COVID-19 vaccine must now submit new waivers or proof of vaccination through the MyCUHealth portal by Saturday, January 1, 2022.

Personal exemptions are no longer accepted. Only medical or religious exemptions are now allowed. A religious exemption can be applied for based on moral or ethical beliefs about what is right or wrong, which are honestly held with the strength of traditional religious beliefs.

During the week of November 15, individuals who originally filed non-medical waivers will be contacted directly with information and instructions on how to comply with the new requirement.

Remark: This extended requirement only applies to the first course of vaccination, not boosters.

Employee data

In accordance with the new federal requirements, this change applies to:

  • University staff and teachers.
  • Graduate students under appointments.
  • Student employees.
  • Employees working on or supporting others working on federal contracts or agreements.

If an employee does not meet the deadline

Those who fail to meet this requirement and have not been granted a medical or religious exemption by the January 1 deadline will be subject to disciplinary action, including but not limited to ineligibility for compensation increases and/or taking unpaid administrative leave. 1 Jan.

Student data

The new exemption requirements also apply to all CU Boulder students.

While the general student population is not part of the federal requirements, the university is making this change 1) because we have large numbers of undergraduate and graduate students who are employed by the university and 2) to take an equitable approach to all exemptions on campus . Due to our high vaccination coverage, the vast majority of students will not be affected by this change.

If a student does not meet the deadline

Students who do not meet this requirement and who have not obtained a medical or religious exemption by the January 1 deadline will be subject to a late fee and registration block.

Student employees who do not meet this requirement and have not received a medical or religious exemption by the January 1 deadline will be placed on unpaid leave, effective January 1, a late payment penalty and a registration lockout.

How to meet the new requirements?

All CU Boulder students, staff, and faculty who have submitted a non-medical COVID-19 vaccine waiver form must submit a new waiver form or provide proof of vaccination through MyCUHealth. Only medical or religious exemptions are now allowed.

In order to meet the January 1 deadline by getting vaccinated, it is important that you take action as soon as possible to receive all necessary vaccine doses and upload evidence to the MyCUHealth portal.

Please note that you will not be considered fully vaccinated until two weeks after you have received the full vaccination course. Your last dose must be two weeks before January 1 to comply with regulations.

In addition, the time schedules may vary depending on the vaccine manufacturer:

  • Pfizer: Requires two doses to be administered at least 21 days apart. If you choose to receive the Pfizer vaccine, your first dose should be given by November 27 and the second dose by December 18.
  • modern: Requires two doses to be administered at least 28 days apart. If you choose to receive the Moderna vaccine, your first dose should be administered by November 20, and the second dose by December 18.
  • Johnson & Johnson: Requires a single dose, to be administered before December 18.

The US Food & Drug Administration has fully approved the Pfizer vaccine and has granted emergency use approval for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

Where to get the vaccine?

All CU Boulder students, staff, and faculty can receive the Pfizer vaccine on campus for free by making an appointment through the MyCUHealth portal. Additional vaccine sites are available in the greater Boulder and Denver areas.

Questions and additional information

For more information, visit the COVID-19 vaccine requirements page.

If you have any questions, you can send an email to the Vaccination Team or call 303-492-5051 (extension 4).

Please refer to the following course for additional information on the COVID-19 vaccine and the waiver process.