COVID-19 Vaccination Information

 

Andrews University strongly recommends that all employees and students seriously consider receiving a vaccination.* However, please note that the University is not mandating COVID-19 vaccinations.
 

*We continue to make a strong recommendation to consider receiving a COVID-19 vaccination based on an ongoing  review of the latest recommendations and significant research emerging from national and international health experts, including ongoing information and guidance from our own Spectrum Health system in Michigan.

Most recently, Spectrum Health shared the following update on why they advise vaccinations for their own employees in this July 28, 2021 statement, which includes the following information on the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine:

“Scientific evidence and clinical results point to the effectiveness of the (COVID-19) vaccine:

  • The COVID-19 vaccine reduces the risk for hospitalization and death by over 95%.
  • Currently more than 99% of all deaths from COVID-19 infection are in unvaccinated persons.
  • Vaccination substantially reduces the risk of long-haul symptoms from COVID-19 as approximately 20% to 30% of people with mild or asymptomatic COVID-19 will develop at least one long-haul symptom.
  • The delta variant has been reported as 225% more transmissible than the original COVID-19 virus from 2019.
  • As of July 20, data from CDC indicates that up to 83% of all current COVID-19 cases are due to the delta variant, which is an increase from 50% at the beginning of July.
  • States with low vaccination rates are seeing more young people requiring ICU and ventilator support.”


Local Resources for COVID-19 Testing/Vaccinations

Teaching Faculty Vaccinations

Vaccinated = One or two doses of Pfizer/Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson, plus two weeks.
Acquired Immunity = Previous positive COVID-19 test and completed isolation.
COVID-19 Test = Main campus employees who have not been vaccinated or who do not have acquired immunity are required to meet ongoing monthly COVID-19 testing expectations.

Information as of Sept. 22, 2021. This graph reflects the self-reported vaccination or acquired immunity status of all current, regular Andrews University faculty who have teaching/classroom assignments.

Employee Vaccinations

Vaccinated = One or two doses of Pfizer/Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson, plus two weeks.
Acquired Immunity = Previous positive COVID-19 test and completed isolation.
COVID-19 Test = Main campus employees who have not been vaccinated or who do not have acquired immunity are required to meet ongoing monthly COVID-19 testing expectations.

Information as of Sept. 22, 2021. This graph reflects the self-reported vaccination or acquired immunity status of all current, regular Andrews University employees who are employed at the 50 percent level or more.

Undergraduate Vaccinations

Vaccinated = One or two doses of Pfizer/Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson, plus two weeks.
COVID-19 Test = Main campus students who have not been vaccinated or who do not have acquired immunity are required to have a negative COVID-19 test before taking part in campus activities, with ongoing monthly COVID-19 testing expectations.
Acquired Immunity = Previous positive COVID-19 test and completed isolation.
Not Yet Reported = Students who have not yet reported a vaccination or acquired immunity status.

Information as of Sept. 17, 2021. This graph reflects the self-reported vaccination, acquired immunity or COVID-19 testing status of all current, regular Andrews University undergraduate students studying on the main campus of Andrews University.

Graduate Vaccinations

Vaccinated = One or two doses of Pfizer/Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson, plus two weeks.
COVID-19 Test = Main campus students who have not been vaccinated or who do not have acquired immunity are required to have a negative COVID-19 test before taking part in in-person campus activities, with ongoing monthly COVID-19 testing expectations.
Acquired Immunity = Previous positive COVID-19 test and completed isolation.
Not Yet Reported = Students who have not yet reported a vaccination or acquired immunity status.

Information as of Sept. 17, 2021. This graph reflects the self-reported vaccination, acquired immunity or COVID-19 testing status of all current, regular Andrews University graduate students studying on the main campus of Andrews University.

Self-Report Vaccinations

Andrews University strongly encourages employees and students to self-report receiving a vaccination in an effort to understand the potential impact of vaccinations on campus, including which areas may still be at risk and quantities that could be factored into future vaccine options.

Employees and students can self-report their vaccinations through this dedicated Banner page.

Please review additional information on COVID-19 vaccinations from Spectrum Health Lakeland here and from the Berrien County Health Department here.

Self-Report Acquired Immunity

Andrews University considers those who have previously tested positive for COVID-19, and have completed isolation, to have acquired immunity.

If you have previously tested positive for COVID-19, but have not been vaccinated, employees and students can self report those details through this dedicated Banner page, including the date (or estimated date) you had a positive COVID-19 test. 

Uncertain About Vaccinations?

If you haven’t received a COVID-19 vaccination yet, but would like to hear about on-campus vaccination clinic options, please inform us of your interest and preferences here.


If you are unsure about COVID-19 vaccinations, or aren’t planning to receive one, you can also let us know about those plans here.
 

Current Andrews University COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

 

Masks: Required for all when indoors*
Timeframe: Through Oct. 31, 2021

*When masks are required for all when indoors, the following will apply:

All students, employees and visitors to campus will be required to wear masks in the public spaces inside Andrews University campus buildings regardless of vaccination status, effective Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, and currently through Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021.
 
  • Residence Hall Students: Masks may be removed inside your own room when only you and roommates are present, but you should plan to wear masks in indoor public spaces in the residence halls.
  • Classrooms: Masks should be worn in all classroom settings. Faculty may opt for a face shield or other face coverings when they are teaching.
  • Meals in Terrace Café, Gazebo: Masks may be removed while you are eating and drinking but should be worn at all other times in indoor public dining areas.
  • On-Campus Work: Masks should be worn at all times when inside and may be removed only if you are working alone or are able to physically distance consistently.
  • In Vehicles: If you’re traveling with others that are not part of your immediate home or University housing in public or private vehicles, masks should be worn.

We will continue to review campus and Berrien County transmission rates, and ongoing or additional guidelines will be announced as needed.

Also, while daily use of #CampusClear is no longer required, all individuals at Andrews University should use it to report any symptoms or if they have come into close contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive, regardless of whether or not you previously have been vaccinated.

Please note that symptoms do not need to be reported when they are vaccine-related symptoms occurring within 72 hours of receiving a COVID-19 vaccination.


Note that these additional guidelines on masking do not impact any other COVID-19 policies or plans already announced regarding in-person classes, return to work on campus, events, physical spacing, etc.

Existing guidelines for those who are vaccinated, unvaccinated or meet the Andrews “acquired immunity” status through previous COVID-19 infections and isolation, can be found below.
 
In addition to the availability of approved vaccines and COVID-19 safety protocols—physical distancing, good hygiene and wearing a face mask—we also encourage you to enhance your wellness by taking day-to-day actions that can make a difference. Read more here.
 
Revised: Sept. 22, 2021

Vaccination Guidelines

Fully Vaccinated/Acquired Immunity

Please note that those who have tested positive for COVID-19 and completed isolation will be assumed to have acquired immunity and may follow the guidelines for vaccinated individuals.

  • Masks and Distancing
    Masks and distancing are optional. Those at high risk may still wish to consider precautions, especially in large gatherings or crowded enclosed spaces. Please note that between August 16 and September 30, masks are required indoors for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status. You can read more here.
  • Symptoms Monitoring
    No required daily reporting. Please do report from #CampusClear if you have COVID-19 symptoms and follow instructions for staying home, testing, etc.
  • Testing
    No required surveillance testing. If you are showing COVID-19 symptoms, however, you should still follow testing protocols and any required quarantine/isolation.
  • Travel
    No domestic travel restrictions. All those wanting to travel internationally on business will need to follow country regulations on vaccinations and testing and must get approval for travel from a senior administrator (dean, vice president or University officer). Any trip involving students must be discussed with the relevant dean/vice president and forwarded for approval to the provost, vice president for Financial Administration or president. The request should include all mitigation protocol plans. Any travel in University vehicles, for example, should require masks for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.

Masks and Distancing
Masks and distancing are optional. Some, including those at high risk, may still wish to consider precautions of masking and distancing, especially in large gatherings or crowded enclosed spaces. Please be sure to bring your personal face mask with you for use in these situations. Please note that between August 16 and September 30, masks are required indoors for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status. You can read more here.

Symptoms Monitoring
Please do report from #CampusClear if you test positive for COVID-19 or have COVID-19 symptoms and follow instructions for staying home, testing, etc.

Testing
While additional COVID-19 testing is not required if you’re vaccinated, you should  be prepared to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or evidence of a past COVID-19 infection/acquired immunity before you move into campus housing, or attend your first in-person class if you are not living in campus housing.

If you are fully vaccinated or have acquired immunity, there is no required surveillance testing. However, if you are showing COVID-19 symptoms, you should still get tested (southwest Michigan testing options can be found here) and follow any required quarantine/isolation recommended by the Berrien County Health Department or Andrews University. You can request a ride from the Andrews University Office of Transportation during their normal business hours to a medical appointment or testing site by completing this form.

Travel
Even if vaccinated, plan to use face masks when taking public transportation or participating in University events where large groups are traveling together in buses and van

Residence Hall and University Apartment Housing
Roommates (as a family-like unit) should plan to discuss and develop their specific plans for COVID-19 mitigation in their living space.

Further Questions
If you personally feel at-risk with these protocols, or have additional questions on these new guidelines, please contact covid19@andrews.edu to share concerns and seek appropriate solutions.

 

Unvaccinated

  • Masks and Distancing
    • Masks outside are optional.
    • Masks are expected in internal public spaces, except for when eating.
    • When outdoors, six feet distancing is also still strongly recommended, but not required, when in large groups.
    • Indoors, distancing is recommended when you are in common spaces, and where seating is not fixed.
    • Classrooms will no longer have a distancing requirement during the 2021–2022 school year.
    • Please Note: The University assumes that unvaccinated individuals will act on their commitment to the Andrews University Community Covenant of Care and will mask and distance as appropriate, without monitoring.
  • Symptoms Monitoring
    No required daily reporting. Please do report from #CampusClear if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with a COVID-19 positive person. Follow instructions for staying home, testing, etc.
  • COVID-19 Testing
    Surveillance testing is expected at the beginning of the fall semester and monthly thereafter. This testing can be done at existing testing sites in Berrien County (click here for more details) and/or through use of the University’s medical plan. Some may choose to test more regularly, especially if they are personally at risk, or are in close proximity regularly with another unvaccinated individual who is at risk for medical reasons.
  • Travel
    No University business travel outside of the Michiana region, but exceptions will be made for essential travel. Essential will mean when an event necessary to a particular position requires travel and cannot be done by another employee and where it is possible to maintain University-expected COVID-19 protocols without risk to others. Employees should have such travel approved by the relevant dean/VP/University officer, including relevant mitigation protocols.

Any trip involving students must be discussed with the relevant dean/VP and forwarded for approval to the provost, vice president for Financial Administration or president. The request should include all mitigation protocols. Any travel in University vehicles, for example, should require masks for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.

  • At-Risk
    If you personally feel at-risk with these protocols, please contact our Office of Human Resources to make appropriate arrangements.

Masks and Distancing

  • Masks outdoors are optional.
  • When outdoors, six feet distancing is still strongly recommended.
  • Masks are expected in internal public spaces, except for when eating. Please be sure to bring your personal face mask with you for use in these situations.
  • Indoors, distancing is strongly recommended when you are in common spaces, and where seating is not fixed.
  • Classrooms will no longer have a distancing requirement.

Symptoms Monitoring
No required daily reporting. Please report from #CampusClear if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with a COVID-19 positive person. Follow instructions for staying home, testing, etc.

COVID-19 Testing
You are required to get a COVID-19 test, with a negative test result, within 72 hours of your planned arrival on campus. If you have a positive COVID-19 test result, you should be cleared by your local health authority before returning to campus.

You should also be prepared to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test, before you move into campus housing, or attend your first in-person class if you are not living in campus housing.

Additionally, surveillance testing is expected at the beginning of fall semester and monthly thereafter. This testing can be done at existing testing sites in Berrien County (click here for more details). Some may choose to test more regularly, especially if they are personally at risk, or are in close proximity regularly with another unvaccinated individual who is at risk for medical reasons.

If you need help getting to an off-campus COVID-19 test, please use this form to get help from the Office of Transportation. If your test results are positive, please report those results to covid19@andrews.edu. There’s no need to report a negative test.

Travel
Please plan to use face masks when taking public transportation, or participating in University events where large groups are traveling together in buses and vans. As is the case with indoor spaces, including classrooms, masks should also be used when around others, including when you’re traveling with others in personal vehicles.

Residence Hall and University Apartment Housing
Roommates (as a family-like unit) should plan to discuss and develop their specific plans for COVID-19 mitigation in their living space.

Further questions
If you personally feel at-risk with these protocols, or have additional questions on these new guidelines, please contact covid19@andrews.edu to share concerns and seek appropriate solutions.