All Updates Danforth Digest

Physical distancing guidelines; vaccine town hall; upload documentation

Physical distancing guidelines updated for Danforth Campus

Due to promising initial estimates of vaccination rates among Danforth Campus faculty, staff and students, we are now able to lift the physical distancing requirement for fully vaccinated individuals in most spaces on the Danforth Campus. Effective immediately, fully vaccinated individuals do not need to physically distance from others. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated should continue to maintain at least six feet of physical distance from others at all times.

Click here to see all Danforth Campus guidelines for summer.

Vaccine town hall July 9

Still have questions about COVID-19 vaccines? Eva Aagaard, MD, senior administrator for Occupational Health Services and vice chancellor for medical education, will host an educational town hall for faculty and staff at noon next Friday, July 9. Please note that personal questions regarding medical or religious exemptions will not be addressed in this forum. More information, including a link to participate via Zoom or watch via YouTube, is available on the Human Resources website.

Upload your vaccine documentation

Don’t forget: Proof of vaccination must be uploaded by Monday, Aug. 30, to ensure compliance with the policy announced on June 15 that WashU students, faculty, staff and trainees on the Danforth and Medical Campuses are required to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

Anyone who does not obtain and record their COVID-19 vaccination in ReadySet, the individualized, secure personal documentation portal, or receive an approved exemption by Aug. 30 will be put on up to a 30-day suspension without pay. If proof of vaccination is not provided at the end of the 30-day suspension, faculty, staff and trainees will be subject to further consequences, including suspension.

Please note these two important dates: July 19 and 26 are the last days to receive a first dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine. Two-dose vaccines doses are administered 21 days apart (Pfizer) or 28 days (Moderna). That means in order to meet the deadline, faculty, staff and trainees will need to receive their first dose no later than July 19 for the Moderna vaccine or July 26 for the Pfizer vaccine. More information, including instructions for uploading your documentation, is available on the COVID-19 vaccine FAQ page.

The work goes on

The COVID-19 pandemic presented a series of unprecedented, immense challenges for Washington University. Patient care, campus life, lab work and the way we learn were all put to the test and reimagined during the past year.

The pandemic also resulted in an incredibly challenging period for international research. Travel came to an abrupt halt, in-person meetings and conferences were canceled, even routine data collection became excruciatingly difficult. Through it all, WashU researchers, collaborating with colleagues around the world, continued to innovate and demonstrate remarkable resiliency to keep their projects going and their connections strong.

In case you missed it, here’s a story from The Source of the myriad ways WashU research kept going — and keeps going.

I got vaccinated because …

Raven Robinson, assistant director of residential operations in the Office of Student Life, proudly displays her vaccination card. (Photo: Danny Reise/Washington University)