Important COVID-19 Update: Quarantine Protocols

To Our Undergraduate Students:

As we noted in our earlier communication to incoming first-year and transfer students, we are grateful to all of you who already have verified your COVID-19 vaccine status through our secure health record system.

As of this writing, nearly 70% of the campus community has submitted pictures of their vaccination cards—an impressive proportion, to be sure, but still well shy of our 80% goal.

In light of this information, we want to update you regarding Case Western Reserve’s quarantine protocols for students based on vaccination status.

Fully Vaccinated Students

Students are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Moderna, Pfizer, or AstraZeneca vaccines (the last one also is known as Covishield and Vaxzevria, and also qualifies for full vaccination status)—or the first (and only) dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Students who verify their full vaccination status through the university’s secure health record system do not have to quarantine on arrival—regardless of whether they come from within or outside the U.S.

Case Western Reserve will provide updates regarding other acceptable vaccinations should additional details become available.

Students Who Are Not Considered Fully Vaccinated

Please note: The information that follows is current as of this writing. Throughout the pandemic, we have seen multiple occasions where evolving public health considerations required the university to adjust protocols—at times, quite significantly. In some instances, the changes involved loosening of existing restrictions, while in others the constraints increased.

While we very much wish we could guarantee that guidance will remain unchanged, experience has shown such assurances often can offer false certainty. What we can promise is that we will continue to communicate promptly whenever new developments arise.

As of now, students not considered fully vaccinated include those who have:

  • not received the final dose of the Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccines, or the full single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine;
  • not received any vaccine; or
  • received other COVID-19 vaccines.

These students all will be expected to quarantine for at least seven days and receive a negative COVID-19 test result before being able to participate fully in campus activities. The university will administer these tests free of charge.

For those undergraduates scheduled to live in campus housing in the fall semester, the university at this time plans to provide free housing and meals during quarantine. If you are living on campus this fall and expect to need quarantine housing, please complete this form no later than 5 p.m. (EDT) Friday, July 16.

Those students not living in campus housing will be expected to self-quarantine; if they are registered for a campus meal plan, they will have access to free meals during their quarantine if they would like them.

Students who have not received the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine will be able to get those doses from University Health Services (again, free of charge) once they have verified their receipt of the first dose, including its date of administration through the university’s secure health record system.

University Health Services (UHS) also will administer both doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for those students who are not vaccinated but would like to be. Again, students will not have to pay for these vaccines.

Students who have received vaccines other than those that qualify for full vaccination per the university’s standards still should upload their proof of vaccination through the university’s secure health record system. A UHS representative will contact these students.

You can find additional information regarding vaccines and quarantines on this Frequently Asked Questions page.

Case Western Reserve will provide additional information about vaccinations and quarantines as circumstances warrant; meanwhile, we strongly encourage those able to be vaccinated to do so as soon as possible—for their own health, as well as that of the campus community.

Lou Stark, Vice President for Student Affairs
Sara Lee, MD, Executive Director, University Health & Counseling Services