December 22: Update on COVID-19 Vaccination Boosters

TO: SJU Community
FROM: Cary Anderson, Ed.D., Vice President of Student Life and Associate Provost; Zenobia Hargust, M.S., SPHR, Chief Human Resources Officer
RE: Update on COVID-19 Vaccination Boosters
DATE: December 22, 2021 at 11:40 A.M. 

Saint Joseph’s has benefited from a very high level of COVID-19 vaccination and adherence to reasonable mitigation efforts in order to have a successful and as normal as possible fall semester. The health and safety of our community, along with a firm commitment to continue in person and on campus, remain of paramount importance to us and you.

Given the rise of the Omicron variant and increasing case counts regionally and nationally, and with the clear guidance from the CDC and local health authorities, all students, faculty and staff who will be on campus for the spring semester must obtain a COVID-19 booster when eligible to do so, if they have not already. We join with other universities in Philadelphia, Lower Merion and around the country in implementing this requirement.

Instructions for submitting and uploading proof of booster shots via the portal will be sent during the first week in January. However, given the high demand for boosters, you are strongly encouraged to make appointments now, as wait times can be a couple of weeks or more.  

For those who have already obtained an approved vaccine exemption, there is no need to take any further steps at this time.

While we managed the last academic year and fall semester quite well, and fared better than many other universities, we must remain vigilant and committed to going forward in a responsible manner. Our Jesuit mission calls us to promote the common good and be people for others. In that spirit, we thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Please email covidquestions@sju.edu with any questions. Please note that University offices will be closed from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2 and communications may be delayed during this time.