As of Aug. 24, Ohio State is requiring every student, faculty and staff member to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with an FDA approved vaccine. The university will also accept a vaccine that has received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA or Emergency Use Listing (EUL) by the World Health Organization (WHO) to fulfill this requirement.
The deadline for all Ohio State students, faculty and staff to have at least a first dose is Friday, October 15, 2021. For people receiving a two-dose vaccine, the second dose must be received by November 15, 2021. Additional information and resources can be found at the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website.
The university is taking this step because vaccines are the safest and most effective form of protection against COVID-19. Scientists have learned a significant amount about the Delta variant, and this research underscores why being vaccinated is critical to combating COVID-19. This variant is particularly effective in attaching to our cells – which means it is that much more effective at gaining entry into our bodies and making us sick.
That is why the university is implementing this vaccine requirement with urgency as well as continuing to require everyone to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status. The university will be reaching out to our union partners to discuss this requirement.
- Under no circumstances are you to ask if an employee has been vaccinated. And the conversation should be avoided.