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Dear Members of the John Carroll Community,

In light of the announcement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fully authorizing Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 16 and older, all John Carroll University students, faculty, and staff will be required to present proof of full vaccination by Monday, November 15, 2021.

Students: Once fully vaccinated, there are three options for students to share their vaccination card. Note: students who have already reported their vaccination status to the Student Health and Wellness Center do not need to resubmit.

  1. Email a photo or digital copy of their proof of vaccination to the Student Health and Wellness Center via studenthealthcenter@jcu.edu 
  2. Bring their card to the Student Health and Wellness Center (located in the lower level of Murphy Hall) where a staff member will make a copy.
  3. Upload a digital copy through the student medical health portal https://jcu.medicatconnect.com and email the Health Center to let the staff know that the card was uploaded. 

Faculty and Staff: Members of the faculty and staff who have not done so already should report their vaccination status to the Department of Human Resources using the COVID-19 Vaccination Attestation. Vaccination status and documentation will be maintained in a private and secure manner by either the Student Health and Wellness Center or Human Resources.

Exemptions: There will be a medical and faith-based exemption request process for students, faculty, and staff on a case-by-case basis. More information about the exemption process will be made available by Wednesday, September 15, 2021.    

Additional Information: We understand that some of you will not welcome this requirement. Our decision is motivated by our strong sense of community and our mission to care for others. Currently, more than 65% of residential students are vaccinated and over 58% of all undergraduate students are vaccinated. Science and data show us that vaccinated individuals are less likely to experience serious or fatal complications and hospitalizations from the virus. As members of the John Carroll community, we have a shared responsibility to keep one another safe. The most effective way to be together safely and provide the in-person experience that we all strongly desire is to be vaccinated. 

We expect conditions to change throughout the coming months as the Delta variant evolves. We will carefully manage our campus experience and incorporate the advice of public health experts to adapt our policies as appropriate. For additional information, please review the Frequently Asked Questions. If you have questions about our policies or how they might impact you, please respond to this email with your contact information and one of our staff will contact you directly. 

Sincerely,

Alan Miciak

President

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