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K-State Today Special Issue

October 28, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine requirement timeline

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

We have received many questions following last week's announcement that all Kansas State University employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Wednesday, Dec. 8. This requirement is necessary to comply with the recent federal executive order and the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force Guidance that requires the COVID-19 vaccine for federal contractors.

This requirement applies to all K-State faculty and staff as well as graduate and undergraduate student employees. Given the tight timeframe for compliance with this requirement it's important that everyone be aware of key deadlines. Managers and supervisors should make every effort to make sure employees are well informed about the requirement and their options. 

In order for K-State to be in compliance with the federal requirement, employees who have not been vaccinated or received a medical or religious exemption by Dec. 8 will not be allowed to conduct university work beginning Dec. 9 and employment will end on Dec. 11. 

Here are key dates to know:

  • Nov. 15 is the deadline to submit a request for a religious/medical exemption.
  • Exemption requests will be approved or denied by Nov. 19. This timeline allows time to get a single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine and be considered fully vaccinated by the Dec. 8 date.
  • Nov. 29 is the last date to upload your proof of vaccination. If you need assistance uploading your proof of vaccination, please contact Human Capital Services at 785-532-6277.
  • On Dec. 1 employees who have not submitted vaccine cards or requested exemptions will be notified that they have the option to resign or be terminated. Managers will also receive notification at this time.

We continue to update our frequently asked questions on the COVID-19 vaccination website. Please refer to the website or contact Human Capital Services with specific concerns.

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