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.”