Vaccine Requirement Employee Information

Friday, August 27, 2021

Dear Faculty and Staff,

As President Tate announced earlier this week, now that the FDA has granted full approval to the Pfizer vaccine, LSU is requiring the vaccine for all students, faculty and staff. We have already communicated instructions for compliance to students, and now we’d like to provide employees with additional details.

Beginning today, employees will be able to submit proof of vaccination through an Employee Verification Portal or complete a vaccine accommodation request form for an exemption. The deadline for employees to submit proof of full vaccination or an exemption form is Oct. 15. Employees who fail to comply will be subject to discipline up to and including termination.

Employees who fill out an exemption form will have to be tested regularly for COVID-19. More information on that testing process will follow in the coming days.

Even if you already completed the Vaccine Reporting Survey that LSU launched last spring, you must still provide your proof of vaccination in the employee portal.

While it is the Pfizer vaccine that is now fully approved by the FDA, the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines also meet LSU’s vaccine requirements. If you’ve only received your first dose of Pfizer or Moderna, remember to finish your vaccine series with the same brand with which you started.

For those who were vaccinated outside of the U.S., anyone who has received all doses of an internationally offered vaccine is considered fully vaccinated if the series has been completed. Individuals who have begun but not completed a non-FDA approved/authorized vaccine should either complete the series or discuss beginning an FDA approved/EUA vaccine series with their physician.

Any individual who can provide proof of participation in a clinical trial of a vaccine and who is currently blinded in that trial (official verification from trial personnel is necessary) is exempted from LSU’s vaccine requirement. Those individuals must use the vaccine accommodation request form linked above to submit documentation.

You can get vaccinated on campus for free, with no appointment required. You can also get tested on campus for free, and while no appointment is required, preregistration makes the process faster. While these services are currently on campus at no charge, this could change as the pandemic progresses. Due to the Louisiana National Guard’s storm preparations, some on-campus testing and vaccine sites will temporarily be closed for the next few days. Please see above links for available options.

For additional information about fall protocols and COVID-19 procedures, visit LSU's COVID-19 Roadmap.