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Wayne State University

To Wayne State University faculty and staff,

The health and safety of our campus community remains our highest priority. As we approach the impending cold and flu season amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we are concerned about the potential of two highly contagious respiratory diseases circulating at the same time and the impact this could have on our campus community. As a result, we believe it is necessary to take additional precautions this year. Flu shots will be mandatory for all faculty, staff and students who expect to come to campus. We are writing today to describe the process for faculty and staff who intend to be present on campus for at least one day during this academic year.

By Oct. 15, 2020, you must do one of the following:

  1. Obtain the flu vaccine, or
  2. Submit written documentation of one of the two exceptions to the mandate: 
    1. Individuals may provide written documentation from their primary care provider stating that they have medical reasons for not receiving the vaccine.
    2. Individuals may provide written documentation of a religious, moral or ethical objection to receiving the seasonal influenza vaccine. 

Please see the Campus Health Center's flu shot webpage for frequently asked questions.

How and where can faculty and staff get the flu shot on campus? 

Faculty and staff can receive their flu shot from the Campus Health Center (CHC) at no out-of-pocket cost. If your insurance does not cover the flu shot or if you are uninsured, you will not receive a bill.

There are two ways to get vaccinated by the CHC on campus:

  1. Book an appointment online at one of the CHC’s outreach clinics across campus.
  2. Call the CHC at 313-577-5041 to book an appointment at its Anthony Wayne Drive location.

Faculty and staff may also get their flu shot at any convenient location, including their primary care provider or at most pharmacies.

How do faculty and staff provide flu shot documentation?

Faculty in the health professions colleges (School of Medicine, College of Nursing, and the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences) should follow the usual process in their college for documentation of the flu vaccine. All other faculty and staff must email their documentation directly to their Human Resources Consultant and to the CHC ( prior to coming to campus. If you obtain your flu vaccine from the CHC, you must only provide a copy of your medical documentation to your HR Consultant. In any case, the HR Consultant will notify your supervisor that you have satisfied the requirement. All protected health information will be maintained with restricted access to ensure the privacy of this information.  

Faculty and staff who decline to receive the vaccine should complete the Vaccine Declination Form, attach the medical documentation (if applicable), and email the form and any documentation directly to their Human Resources Consultant.

Anyone planning to come to campus who has not submitted their medical documentation or a declination form will not be permitted on campus.

As we have said many times, keeping our campus as safe as possible during the pandemic is a shared responsibility. It takes the collective efforts of each of us. Your cooperation with this process, during this extraordinary time, is greatly appreciated.

Thank you as we all work together to remain Warrior Strong!

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Laurie Lauzon-Clabo, PhD, RN, FAAN  
Interim Provost and Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs

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Carolyn P. Hafner
Interim Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer