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Penn State Schuylkill releases student, employee COVID-19 vaccination rates

83% of employees and 46% of students report being fully vaccinated

Schuylkill Haven, Pa. — As of Sept. 8, Penn State Schuylkill released COVID-19 vaccination rates for students and employees at the campus.

At Penn State Schuylkill, 83% of full-time employees indicated they are fully vaccinated, including 100% of administrators, 88% of academic personnel (instructors, researchers and faculty) and 79% of nonunion staff.

Among students, 59% of students living on campus and 40% of students living off campus uploaded proof of vaccination to the University. The combined rate for all students at Penn State Schuylkill is approximately 46%. With more students continuing to upload their proof of vaccination each day, the actual vaccination rates on campus may be higher. However, 54% of the campus’ students have not responded, so the status of those individuals’ vaccination rates is unknown.

“We know that the best protection against COVID-19 is to be fully vaccinated,” said Penn State Schuylkill Chancellor Patrick M. Jones. “We are heartened to see such a large percentage of our faculty and staff are fully vaccinated, and we appreciate the students who have taken time to upload their proof of vaccination. We continue to encourage every member of our campus community who can get vaccinated to do so as soon as possible, and to share their status with the University.”

At this time, Penn State Schuylkill’s 83% full-time employee vaccination rate is higher than Schuylkill County’s overall 59% vaccination rate. The campus’ 46% student vaccination rate is higher than the Schuylkill County vaccination rate among individuals ages 20-24.

Penn State Schuylkill has and continues to take steps to support the health and safety of the campus population, including hosting on-campus vaccination clinics, providing information on local vaccine availability, and sharing the importance of vaccination through campus channels.

Vaccination data for all Penn State campuses will be available on the COVID-19 dashboard later this month. Penn State’s 20 Commonwealth Campuses across Pennsylvania vary in size and demographics, with some campuses offering residential experiences while others providing for commuter students.

Penn State previously announced that unvaccinated students and employees will be required to submit to weekly testing for COVID-19 throughout the fall semester. Penn State Schuylkill students can upload their vaccination records through myUHS. Campus employees can upload their vaccination records through Salesforce Health Cloud.

Voluntary and symptomatic testing is available at Penn State Schuylkill. Student tests are being distributed through Health Services located in 210C Health and Wellness Building or can be ordered through the mail via the Vault Health mail-in test kit. Before visiting Health Services, symptomatic students should call 570-385-6248 to discuss next steps. In addition, Penn State Schuylkill students may call the University’s after hours nurse hotline at 814-863-4463.

Employees who are experiencing symptoms are advised to schedule an appointment with their health care provider.

The University strongly encourages all individuals to receive a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as they are able, if they have not done so already. Throughout the fall semester, vaccines will be made available on or near all Penn State campuses. The CDC’s vaccines.gov website provides a list of nearby providers, including hospitals, doctor’s offices, pharmacies, department stores and grocery stores.

For the latest information about Penn State’s response to COVID-19, visit virusinfo.psu.edu.

 

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