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Under the federal contractor’s vaccine mandate, all employees on all Penn State campuses are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have approved medical/disability or religious housing. This authorization is currently subject to an injunction and will not be enforced by the state of Pennsylvania on January 4, however the injunction could be lifted in the near future. In the meantime, the university will continue with existing testing protocols already in place.

Faculty and staff members who have not been fully vaccinated, Including those who work remotelyYou will be required to take the test weekly until the legal process is completed.

Compliance mechanisms will be put in place to encourage those required to be tested to do so.

For technical service personnel, the university and the local union have negotiated in Teamsters 8 the effects of any valid and enforceable vaccine mandate to federal contractors. As of now, the federal mandate has been suspended by the Federal Court and therefore does not require any technical service personnel to be vaccinated or tested. In the event that the federal contractor’s vaccine mandate is reinstated by the federal courts, the university and Teamsters will follow the terms of their agreement and will negotiate the implications of the federal contract’s vaccine mandate, including a new effective date for any vaccine mandate. The agreement includes terms describing the addition of another campus to the vaccination mandate. Specifically, the university must notify the union and bargain for the implementation of the vaccine mandate on the additional Commonwealth campus.

University Park requires employee testing

At University Park, tests will be conducted at no cost to employees in the white building seven days a week. Appointments are preferred – an individual email will contain a link to make an appointment – however, individuals can come to the White Building at any time during business hours.

Employees who travel for a week must still get a COVID-19 test before returning to work and must plan ahead to complete a Vault Health at-home order test kit, which must be ordered online prior to travel. This method is only used if the individual is out of town during the required testing week and is not able to reach the white building. It is the employee’s responsibility to plan ahead if travelling. Individuals are reminded that all home tests performed by Vault Health use UPS shipping and not the US Postal Service. UPS delivery locations can be found online.

Commonwealth Campus, Dickinson’s Law and Staff Test Guidance

Testing at locations other than University Park—including for Penn State Extension employees—is conducted entirely via mail-order test kits from Vault Health, which can be ordered online at no cost to employees.

Faculty and staff required to test will receive an email every Monday throughout the semester reminding them to complete the email test by the following Sunday – the week of testing for compliance purposes is Monday through Sunday. No negative result from a test taken outside the university will be accepted.

Test kits must be ordered online using the Pennsylvania employee email address and employees are strongly encouraged to order 12 tests at a time so that they have testing resources on hand each week without delay. Employees must order the first 12 test kits before January 3 and plan to order the second batch of kits no later than March 6.

Employees who travel for a week must still get tested for COVID-19 before returning to work and must plan ahead to complete a Vault Health at-home order test kit.

Some Penn State locations will offer opportunities to pick up the test kit on campus, providing additional details.

Individuals are reminded that all home tests performed by Vault Health use UPS shipping and not the US Postal Service. UPS delivery locations can be found online.

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