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Creighton to follow new federal COVID-19 guidance

Oct 27, 2021
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After a thorough review, Creighton University has determined that a Sept. 9 executive order issued by President Joe Biden and a related federal task force report, which established COVID-19 vaccination requirements and guidelines to strengthen safety for all federal employees and contractors, applies to all Creighton employees.

Creighton has employees and programs supported by federal funds. The federal directives require employees working on federal contracts and those who share a workplace with them to be vaccinated and follow other guidance. The following guidance, issued Sept. 24 by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force, applies to all Creighton employees on all campuses, whether working remotely or in person, full time or part time, and any other employment consideration.

Basic Requirements
 

Mandatory vaccination

Under this guidance, all Creighton employees must be fully vaccinated by Jan. 4, 2022. (Please note updated deadline, revised Nov. 5.) Proof of vaccination should be uploaded to The Birdhouse.

Unvaccinated employees are encouraged to get vaccinated promptly. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of two-dose vaccines, such as Pfizer and Moderna, and after a single dose of Johnson & Johnson. According to the CDC, individuals can get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines, including a flu vaccine, at the same visit. Learn more about vaccines and where to get them.

Creighton will provide paid time off for employees to get their COVID-19 vaccine and to recover from any vaccination side effects. Please consult with your manager or Human Resources with any specific questions.

Exemptions
Employees can apply for an exemption based on a medical condition or disability, or a sincerely held religious belief, practice or observance, as required by law. Exemption forms will be available on Creighton’s COVID-19 website by Monday, Oct. 25. Completed forms should be submitted to EmployeeExemptions@creighton.edu as soon as possible.

UPDATE: Current federal guidance under the executive order no longer requires individuals granted an exemption to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. Creighton will continue to closely monitor any updates to the executive order, as well as global, national, local and campus COVID-19 trends and data, and adjust its response accordingly.

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Face coverings and physical distancing

Creighton is reviewing the federal guidance as it relates to face coverings and physical distancing and how that applies in the university setting. Any changes to Creighton’s current guidelines will be shared with campus.

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Safety representative

The federal guidance also requires a designated individual or individuals to be responsible for implementing, communicating and monitoring compliance with all requirements at the workplace. Creighton’s newly established Pandemic Response and Oversight (PRO) Team will serve in this capacity. (See the list of team members.)

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When does this take effect?

Agencies must include the requirements when exercising options and extensions for previously awarded contracts beginning Oct. 15, and in new contracts beginning Nov. 14. The vaccination deadline is Jan. 4.

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Questions? Email coronavirusresponse@creighton.edu.