VP for Campus Safety and University Operations: Faculty and Staff Booster Vaccination Reminder

Author: Andy Fuller

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Dear Colleagues,

I hope you had a wonderful and restorative break. As we prepare for the beginning of the spring semester, I write with important COVID-19 reminders.

Booster Requirement

As stated in the University’s previous communication, all members of the Notre Dame community are required to receive an approved COVID booster. If you have not already done so, please receive a booster as soon as possible, as it takes 10-14 days to take full effect. The deadline for booster verification for all faculty, staff and students is Friday, January 21. By this date, all Notre Dame community members must have received two shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or a single shot of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, plus a Pfizer or Moderna booster, in order to be considered fully vaccinated.

If you have already received your booster, you can quickly and easily upload your documentation here.

For those who have not yet received a booster, the University will offer a booster clinic for faculty and staff on Thursday, January 20, at the Joyce Center (Gate 2 entrance) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., at which the Pfizer booster will be offered. Appointments are required and you can make or change your appointment here. We urge you to consider this on-campus clinic as a back-up option if you are unable to receive a booster elsewhere before January 20.

If it has been less than 6 months since you received a second Pfizer or Moderna shot, or less than 2 months since you received a single Johnson and Johnson shot, you are not yet eligible to receive a booster. When you are eligible, you will be expected to receive a Pfizer or Moderna booster and document it.

Those who received a booster other than Moderna or Pfizer should contact the Notre Dame Wellness Center at 574-631-0050.

All new faculty and staff members are required to provide verification of their vaccination status within two days of their employment start date. Learn more here.

For information about how to apply for a booster exemption, including the associated testing and masking requirements, click here. Those who have already received an exemption from the vaccination requirement are exempted from the booster requirement and do not need to apply again.

Faculty and staff who are not compliant with the vaccination and booster requirement and who do not apply for an exemption may face impacts to annual performance reviews or merit increases, as well as possible corrective action.

Indoor Masking Requirement

Protecting ourselves and each other is critical during this surge of the Omicron variant. It is incumbent upon each of us to do our part in maintaining a healthy and safe campus. As announced by the University’s Executive Officers, until 90 percent of the campus community has achieved the full protection of an approved booster, students, faculty, and staff, as well as all visitors to campus, will be expected to wear masks indoors on campus, except when alone in private offices, or for students, in residence halls.

If you have any questions, please contact the COVID Hotline at covidresponseunit@nd.edu or 574-634-4373.

Thank you for all you have done and are doing to protect the health and well-being of the Notre Dame community. Wishing you a successful start to the semester!

In Notre Dame,
Mike Seamon
Vice President for Campus Safety and University Operations