Message from the president: Vaccine requirement updates for employees

Update 9/1/2021: This post may contain out-of-date information. For the most up-to-date and accurate information visit wvc.edu/PublicHealth.

Campus community,

Last week the governor released more guidance on vaccine and masking requirements for the state and higher education specifically.

Already, WVC was requiring that employees and students be vaccinated prior to the first day of class, Sept. 27. The governor’s guidance supports that requirement and adds new requirements and restrictions.

What’s new as of Aug. 18

In addition to the existing vaccine requirement, the following has changed under the governor’s new guidelines:

  • Employees working fully remotely must be vaccinated
  • Requests for medical and religious exemptions may require additional steps under this new guidance. We are awaiting more information about what this process will look like.
  • Refusal to fully vaccinate may result in dismissal. We are awaiting more guidance from the state and will notify you when we know more.
  • Mask requirements indoors are now a statewide mandate. WVC never stopped requiring masks on its campuses.

What you need to do

In order to comply with statewide requirements and ensure a smooth transition to fall quarter, here are the steps we need to follow:

  1. Get vaccinated. WVC has an upcoming Johnson & Johnson vaccine clinic on the Wenatchee campus on Sept. 9 from 12-2 p.m. at the student recreation center. Otherwise, vaccines are free and widely available – find one near you using gov.
  2. Complete the vaccine attestation or request an exemption. Visit myaccount.ctclink.us and enter your employee log-in information (learn more). Click on “HCM Self Service” and then select the “Immunization Attestation” tab. See the attached instructions for more details on attesting.
  3. Wear a mask and social distance while on campus. The most up to date COVID-19 safety information can be found at edu/PublicHealth. Check your email and the website for more information regarding WVC’s COVID-19 response.

I realize that after nearly 18 months of living in a deadly pandemic that many of us are feeling overwhelmed and fatigued by the ever-evolving requirements to keep our community safe. I am grateful for your diligence in protecting the health of others. WVC is a better place because of people like you.

Thank you,

Dr. Jim Richardson
WVC President

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