CORVALLIS, Ore. (KTVZ) – Oregon State University and the University of Oregon announced Friday that those attending designated university events and activities, including sporting events, concerts and conferences, will be required to present a proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.
The OSU said the new policy is in response to the increase in COVID-19 cases and the significant transmission rate of the Delta variant. The policy is effective August 23, 2021 and was developed in consultation with local public health officials.
The OSU policy requiring proof of vaccination was developed in conjunction with the University of Oregon, which announced a similar policy on Friday.
“OSU continues to work with local and state public health officials to enforce many public health measures – including face coverings and vaccination requirements for students and employees – and engage in proactive planning to support the university’s return to in-person and on-site activity for the fall term, ”said OSU Interim President Becky Johnson. “It’s up to each of us to contribute to well-being as we come back to learning and activities on site. I know we can do it together.
Attendees of designated university events will be required to present their CDC vaccination card, or a photocopy, photo, or mobile photo of the card. Cardholders must have received at least two weeks after receiving their second dose of a two-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, or other vaccines approved by the World Health Organization), or one dose unique of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Evidence of the vaccination requirement complements OSU’s overall response to COVID-19, said Dan Larson, the university’s COVID-19 response coordinator and vice-president of student affairs.
“We continue to see a strong commitment from OSU students and employees in efforts to reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19,” Larson said. “Right now, about 94%, or about 18,700, of our students are fully immunized.
“We are now asking members of our community and fans who attend events and sports to join us in helping prevent the spread of the virus. Wearing face coverings in indoor and outdoor public spaces, where physical distancing is not possible, and implementing OSU proof of vaccination requirements to attend university events and activities are measures required. “
Children under 12 do not need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test.
For those who cannot provide proof of vaccination, documentation of a negative test taken within three days of the event will also be accepted. The test must be a SARS-CoV-2 viral test (nucleic acid amplification test or antigen test) with emergency use clearance from the United States Food and Drug Administration. Home tests will not be accepted.
A test result should be in the form of written medical documentation (hard copy or electronic copy). The documentation should include: the result of the test; type of test; entity issuing the result; and the date the specimens were collected.
Proof of vaccination and documentation of a test result will require presentation of a driver’s license or other government-issued identification, such as a passport.
As per the Oregon interior face mask requirement that came into effect on August 13, participants aged 5 and over at designated indoor university events will be required to wear face coverings throughout the venue, including seats, except when actively eating and drinking. Per a Benton County ordinance, members of the public attending outdoor events where a physical distance of 6 feet is not possible are required to wear face coverings.
Larson said a proper face cover fully covers the nose and mouth, is not constructed of mesh or lace, and has no openings, holes, valves or vents.
OSU’s COVID-19 response coordinator, in consultation with program managers and the local public health authority, will define locations at OSU where people will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative test. In addition to sporting events, concerts, and conferences, these may include recreation centers, field trips, and other experiential learning activities that pose a higher risk.