Under the nine campus vaccination mandate, is there an option to continue testing instead of getting a vaccine?

Penn State has determined that the federal contractor vaccination requirement applies to individuals working at, or affiliated with, nine campuses: Altoona, Behrend, Berks, Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Harrisburg, Schuylkill and University Park, including Penn State Extension employees. This also has been extended to Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey and at University Park.

There is no option to test out of the federal contractor mandate.

Individuals covered under the federal contractor mandate must receive their final vaccine dose by Jan. 4 or be granted a disability/medical- or religious-related accommodation by the University. Accommodations will include a requirement to test weekly in the University testing protocol program.

Individuals at other Penn State locations are subject to the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on Vaccination and Testing. These individuals must receive their final vaccine dose by Jan. 4 or test weekly for COVID-19 in the University’s testing protocol.