COVID-19 booster shot required for employees

January 7, 2022  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees, ,

Local transmission rates of COVID-19 remain high as Omicron becomes the dominant variant, causing numerous exposures among health care workers, in our families and social circles, and our patient populations. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that clinical trials have shown “that a booster shot increased the immune response,” and as shared with the university community last week, vaccination offers protection against severe illness and symptomatic infection with Omicron as well as other variants.  

To protect our workforce, patients and community, all Michigan Medicine faculty, non-bargained for staff and learners are required to receive the COVID-19 booster shot by Friday, Feb. 4, 2022, or as soon as you are eligible. Bargained for staff should refer to their respective collective bargaining agreements and corresponding MOUs for information on their requirements.

If an employee is not eligible to receive their booster by the February 4 deadline, they must get it when they become eligible, which is six (6) months post a two dose vaccine series or two (2) months post a one dose series.

Where to receive a COVID-19 booster shot

Employees may utilize one of these resources to receive their booster shot.

  • Occupational Health Services continues to offer daily COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Ford Auditorium. Registration is required.
  • Other on campus clinics.
  • Local retail pharmacies and community health resources.
  • Contact your primary care physician to schedule a booster shot.

As of Jan. 5, employees will need to self-report their COVID-19 booster vaccine documentation into Wolverine Access via the “Report COVID-19 Booster Information form.” If an employee submitted their booster vaccine information to OHS or received their booster shot at an OHS clinic prior to Jan. 5, they do not need to re-submit documentation in Wolverine Access.

Exemption requests

Medical and religious exemption requests are available for employees who received their primary COVID-19 vaccine series (two doses or a single dose of approved COVID-19 vaccine) and are requesting exemption from the booster vaccine. Requests must be submitted by Friday, Jan. 21, in order to receive a decision by the February deadline.

Those who already received an approved exemption for the primary vaccine series do not have to re-submit a request as their exemption will include the booster shot.

Weekly testing

Weekly testing will continue to be required for those who have not completed their primary COVID-19 vaccine series (two doses or a single dose of the approved COVID-19 vaccine) or have an approved primary series or booster exemption. Appointments must be scheduled through the Community Sampling and Testing Program (CSTP).

CDC definitions

Stay informed of the commonly used COVID-19 vaccine and booster terms as defined by the CDC:

  • Primary series: two doses or a single dose of approved COVID-19 vaccine
    • Additional primary series: 3rd shot given after 28 days and before six (6) months of two- dose series
    • Booster dose: vaccine administered five (5) months after the two-dose series or two months after the single dose
    • Up to date with COVID-19 immunizations: receipt of primary series and booster
    • Fully vaccinated:  two (2) weeks after completion of a two-dose mRNA series or one dose of Janssen vaccine.

This continues to be an evolving situation as we operationalize the updated vaccine policy and continue to prioritize keeping our workforce safe and healthy. If you have any questions, please refer to our vaccine FAQs.