More Information About CWRU's Booster Requirement

To the Case Western Reserve Community:

The university’s announcement of a new COVID-19 booster vaccine requirement last week understandably prompted many questions about the process—as well as requests for specific medical guidance.

Please know that staff at University Health and Counseling Services has been responding to inquiries as quickly as possible, but, as always, care for faculty, staff and students diagnosed with COVID-19 is their first priority. 

Meanwhile, we have posted a Frequently Asked Questions page about boosters on the university’s COVID-19 website. It will be updated regularly as we receive additional questions and information. 

One answer that we can provide promptly involves those who received boosters at a Case Western Reserve vaccine clinic: You are all set. You do not need to take any additional steps to verify your compliance.

In addition, we are pleased to be able to share that family of Case Western Reserve faculty, staff and students may receive booster doses on campus. These individuals do not need to make an appointment, but can simply walk into one of our vaccine clinics during their normal operating hours. While clinics for this year end Wednesday, the Office of Resiliency has posted hours and locations for 2022 through Friday, Jan. 28.

Again, those who previously received a medical or religious exemption from earlier COVID-19 vaccination requirements also are exempt from the booster requirement. Those who are fully vaccinated but now would like an exemption from the booster requirement may apply for a separate exemption through the Office of Equity (medical exemptions for faculty and staff; religious exemptions for faculty, staff and students) or the Office of Disability Resources (medical exemptions for students). 

We understand it may be difficult to access a booster shot during break. Those unable to get one prior to returning to campus still may come onto campus the week of Jan. 3, but must document receipt of a booster dose no later than Jan. 7, 2022. Failure to comply with this requirement can result in disciplinary measures. Find directions on how to submit your information.

We appreciate your patience as we update systems and processes necessary to execute this new requirement, and wish you and happy and healthy winter break.

Carolyn Gregory
Vice President for Human Resources

Lou Stark
Vice President for Student Affairs