Royals Back Together

Vaccinations

“Getting the vaccines that are authorized by the respective authorities is an act of love. And helping the majority of people to do so, is an act of love. Love for oneself, love for our families and friends, and love for all peoples.”

Pope Francis
"Pope Urges People to Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine"
August 2021

Grounded in our Catholic and Jesuit mission, and in a commitment to community that defines and distinguishes us, our Royals Back Together plan begins by acknowledging that we have a shared responsibility to keep each other safe. Vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 virus is currently the best way to ensure the health and safety of our communities.

The University will require students, faculty and staff who are eligible to get a booster shot (as determined by the CDC) to do so no later than Monday, February 28, or two weeks after the date they are eligible.

Booster Shots for Those with Current or Recent Infections

The CDC recommends waiting until you recover from your illness (even if you do not have symptoms) and can meet the criteria to discontinue isolation before receiving any dose of the vaccine. Individuals treated with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma need to wait for as much as 90 days before being eligible for a booster shot. Persons with current or prior infections should consult with their healthcare professional to determine if they are eligible for a booster now or should request an exemption.

 
Vaccination and Booster Requirements for Students

The University required that all students attending in-person classes or accessing campus for other reasons had to be fully vaccinated by August 27, 2021.

  • Students who are eligible to get a booster shot (as determined by the CDCmust do so no later than Monday, February 28, or two weeks after the date they are eligible, whichever comes later. Students not eligible by February 28 must receive their booster no later than two weeks after becoming eligible.
    • Students must confirm receipt of the booster shot by uploading an updated vaccination card to the Student Health Portal. Student Life will provide information shortly about booster resources on campus for students. Students not complying with the booster mandate will be unenrolled from classes without a refund.
  • Exemptions: Students who were previously approved for a COVID-19 vaccine exemption are not required to get a booster but must continue to follow all protocols, including weekly testing, masking and social distancing.

    • Students may request a booster waiver in accordance with applicable law. For questions about the vaccine requirements, students may contact Student Health Services at vaccines@scranton.edu.

Vaccination and Booster Requirements for Employees

The University required employees to be fully vaccinated by August 27, 2021.

Employees who are eligible to get a booster shot (as determined by the CDC) must do so no later than Monday, February 28, or two weeks after the date they are eligible, whichever comes later. Employees not eligible by February 28 must receive their booster no later than two weeks after becoming eligible.

  • Employees must update their attestation statement currently on file with Human Resources through the following link: scranton.edu/vaccine.
  • Exemptions: Employees who were previously approved for a COVID-19 vaccine exemption are not required to get a booster but must continue to follow all protocols, including weekly testing, masking and social distancing.

    • Employees can request an exemption from the booster requirement, in accordance with applicable law, by contacting Elizabeth Garcia, Esq., Special Assistant to the President, Executive Director for the Office of Equity and Diversity, and Title IX Coordinator at elizabeth.garcia2@scranton.edu.

COVID testing site information:

https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/community-based-testing-sites/index.html

View Vaccine FAQs

 
How to Get a Vaccine Booster:

CDC: Key Things to Know about COVID-19 Vaccines

CDC: When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated

Find a COVID-19 Vaccine Near You

PA Depart of Health COVID-19 Vaccines

Lackawanna County COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics