FAQ: Fall 2021 State Employee Vaccination Requirement

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Updated August 11, 2021

MORE INFORMATION — This FAQ will reference the State of Minnesota’s FAQ; that document is available online, here:
https://mn.gov/mmb/be-ready-mn/infectious-diseases/covid-19-faqs.jsp

Q: How will I be able to demonstrate the required proof of vaccination?
A: As stated in the State of Minnesota’s COVID-19 FAQ (https://mn.gov/mmb/be-ready-mn/infectious-diseases/covid-19-faqs.jsp):
“Effective September 8, all state agency employees who are assigned to work at the workplace or otherwise provide agency services outside their home are required to either show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or be tested at least weekly. Employees who have an approved telework arrangement and are not required to work in the workplace or provide agency services outside of their home are not subject to COVID-19 testing, but they will only be allowed to enter the workplace for more than 10 minutes or provide agency services outside of their home if they show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.”

Q: Why are we asking for proof of COVID-19 vaccination?
A: Simply put, the COVID-19 pandemic is not over. All Minnesota State institutions are complying with Gov. Walz’s August 11, 2021, announcement that all state agency employees, including employees of Minnesota State, who are assigned to work at the workplace or otherwise provide agency services outside their home are required to either show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or be tested at least weekly.

While we all have hoped to enter a post-pandemic transition, increasing case numbers remind us that COVID-19 is a reality we continue to face. We have communicated to students, faculty and staff our strong encouragement for everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible. The single most effective strategy for reducing the spread of COVID-19 is for as many Minnesotans as possible to get vaccinated.

Q: When will I be required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19?
A: The policy for state agency employees becomes effective on Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

Q: How will I be able to demonstrate the required proof of vaccination?
A: The State of Minnesota’s COVID-19 FAQ (https://mn.gov/mmb/be-ready-mn/infectious-diseases/covid-19-faqs.jsp) includes a list of possible methods, including:

  • An original CDC COVID-19 vaccination card;
  • A paper or electronic copy of a CDC COVID-19 vaccination card;
  • or An original or copy of an alternative official vaccination record, as proof of FDA- or WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccination status, if vaccinated in another country.

Q: Where can I get vaccinated?
A: The Minnesota Vaccine Connector website lists five vaccine locations in Bemidji, and allows you to locate convenient vaccination sites anywhere in the state. Learn more at:
http://VaccineConnector.mn.gov

Q: What if I’m not vaccinated?
A: As specified in the State of Minnesota’s COVID-19 FAQ (https://mn.gov/mmb/be-ready-mn/infectious-diseases/covid-19-faqs.jsp):

Teleworkers who are not vaccinated can only access their workplace for no more than 10 minutes. State agency employees who are required to be at a worksite and are not vaccinated will be required to receive a negative COVID-19 test at least once a week to work on-site at all public workplaces around the state. More details on how to access testing will come at a later date.

Q: Are there exemptions to this policy?
A: Minnesota State is working on a limited set of exceptions to this policy that will be announced in the coming weeks. Information will be shared as quickly as we are able to do so.

Q: How will the weekly COVID-19 tests be conducted?
A: Specific details on the testing procedure will be announced in the coming weeks. Information will be shared as quickly as we are able to do so.

Q: Does this mean we are going back to telework and remote course delivery?
A: No — we are not announcing any changes to our operational stances for either work or course delivery at this time. However, we also intend to diligently and continually monitor our local, regional and state COVID-19 situation, as we have done throughout the pandemic, and take guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health, CDC and others, as necessary, to ensure that we protect the health and safety of our students, employees and visitors to our campuses. We will take whatever steps are necessary, with guidance from our state agency partners and others, to ensure the safety of our campus communities.

Q: Does this apply to students?
A: No, but we continue to strongly encourage that all students who are able but remain unvaccinated to seek vaccines at their earliest opportunity. See “Where can I get vaccinated?”, above, to find a vaccination location near you.

Q: What percentage of our students are vaccinated?
A: We don’t yet know. We are working with the Minnesota State system and Minnesota Immunization Information Center (MIIC) on a system that could help us estimate the percentage of our students who are vaccinated. Specific details on this reporting should be available soon. Information will be shared as quickly as we are able to do so.

Q: Will this have an affect on our masking protocols?
A: Not at this time. Our current protocols require all employees, students, and visitors — including contractors and vendors — to wear a face covering in public, indoor settings while on campus or in a leased off-campus facility. This is in effect until at least August 31, 2021.


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