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Vaccine and Exemption Documentation

Currently, Cougar Health Services is accepting vaccination records/exemptions for all WSU students, from all campus locations. All WSU students need to complete one of the following options.

NOTICE: It is illegal to submit fraudulent or counterfeit COVID-19 vaccine cards. Please see FBI Guidance. It is also illegal to claim an exemption or accommodation on false, misleading, or dishonest grounds.

Any student found to have submitted fraudulent or counterfeit records, or false, misleading, or dishonest information about their vaccination status, medical need for exemption, or their sincerely held religious beliefs will be referred to the Center for Community Standards. Consequences may include but are not limited to expulsion from the university.

Upload Proof of Vaccination

If you were vaccinated in the state of Washington, view instructions for downloading your immunization records.

To upload proof of COVID-19 vaccination:

  1. Log into your Patient Portal.
  2. Click the “Enter my COVID-19 Vaccine Information” button at the top of the screen.
  3. Upload a photo of your COVID-19 vaccine card or record AND type in your vaccination information in the designated area.

You’re done! Once you have completed these steps, there is nothing more to do. 

To upload proof of measles (MMR) vaccination:

  1. Log into your Patient Portal.
  2. Click “Immunizations” in the left-hand menu.
  3. Click “Add immunization record OR exemption information….”
  4. Upload immunization record.

More information on the WSU Pullman measles MMR vaccination requirement is available online.


Exemptions

You only need to file an exemption if you are not getting vaccinated. If you file an exemption and later decide to get a vaccine, you can follow the steps above to submit your proof of vaccination.

File Medical Exemption

To file a medical exemption to the COVID-19 and/or MMR requirement:

  1. Log into your Patient Portal.
  2. Click “Immunizations” in the left-hand menu.
  3. Click “Add immunization record OR exemption information….”
  4. Upload letter/documentation from a licensed healthcare provider detailing your need for a medical exemption.
    1. After you upload your documentation, it will be reviewed by Cougar Health Services staff. Cougar Health Services will contact you if there are any issues with your uploaded documentation.
  5. Within two (2) business days you will receive an exemption form in your Patient Portal
    1. Log into your Patient Portal.
    2. To access the form, click “Consent Forms” in the left menu.
    3. You must fill this form out to be compliant with WSU’s vaccination requirement and have your vaccination registration hold removed.

File Religious Exemption

To file a religious exemption to the COVID-19 and/or MMR requirement:

  1. Complete the Vaccination Educational Module. At the end of the module, you will be asked a series of questions regarding your sincerely held religious belief.
  2. Your completed form will be sent for committee review. All personally identifiable information will be removed prior to review. Most determinations will be delivered within ten (10) business days.
  3. Approval or denial of your exemption will be emailed to your WSU email address. Approved exemptions/accommodations will also be shared with Cougar Health Services for compliance purposes. Student employees will also have results shared with Human Resource Services to meet Proclamation 21-14.1.
  4. If approved, you will receive a consent form in your Patient Portal (within 3 business days of approval).
    1. Click “Consent Forms” in the left-hand menu.
    2. Complete the ‘’Request for Immunization Exemption” form
  5. If denied, you will need to schedule an appointment to get a vaccine or provide documentation for a medical exemption. You will also be provided information about how to appeal this decision.

All steps must be completed to be compliant with WSU’s vaccination requirement and have your vaccination registration hold removed. It may take up to 3 business days for your account to show your approved exemption and to be marked compliant.

Personal Exemptions

In light of the recent FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine and changes to exemptions, we are not processing new personal exemption requests. Medical exemptions and exemptions for sincerely held religious beliefs will still be allowed. Updates will be posted here as soon as the updated exemption process is made available.


Exemption FAQ’s

Cougar Health Services is only filing documentation of religious exemptions for compliance purposes. Questions related to the religious exemption process should be sent to covid-19.info@wsu.edu.

I’ve already submitted a religious exemption. Why do I have to resubmit?

WSU is working hard to streamline its processes as much as possible. Students working in K-12 and healthcare settings and student employees are subject to stricter requirements for religious exemptions. Rather than have multiple processes, WSU would like all students to be evaluated on the same criteria.

What is the review process for religious exemptions?

A panel of WSU faculty and staff from all WSU campuses will review each exemption request individually. Panel membership will consist of those with expertise in religions, diverse backgrounds, and legal accommodations. Personally identifiable information will be removed prior to panel review.

My request was denied. What do I do?

If your exemption request is denied, and you wish to appeal the decision, you will be provided information on the appeal process. You will also retain the option to get vaccinated or file a medical exemption request.

 

 

COVID-19 Vaccines Available for Current Pullman Students

CHS nurse placing bandage on upper arm of patient in exam room.

 

Cougar Health Services is now offering COVID-19 vaccines to current WSU Pullman students.

  • Appointments are required. Please schedule an appointment by logging in to the patient portal.
  • Bring your CougarCard or some form of identification.

Visit the Vaccine Locator to find appointments in the community.


COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements for Fall 2021

All WSU students must upload proof of COVID-19 vaccination or apply for an exemption. Detailed instructions about submitting documentation can be viewed here.

Our Commitment to the Mental Health of our Black and African American Students

 

To our WSU Pullman Community,

The recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Manuel Ellis, and Tony McDade, among so many others have devastated our communities. We know the Black and African American communities are facing extreme physical and emotional trauma in these times. We stand in solidarity with those feeling anger, grief, fear, and sadness in response to the brutality that is adding to our anguish in this troubling and uncertain period in our history. We are aware of the impact of systemic oppression on the well-being of our students, staff, and faculty. We recognize that recent events will impact people differently based on their position in the historical context of our society, which has given rise to oppression.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is committed to affirming and providing care to students who have been directly or indirectly impacted by trauma. If you are struggling emotionally, academically, or for any other reason, please know that we will continue providing teletherapy via Zoom or phone. We want to empower you to seek whatever help you need and what will be meaningful to you — whether that be in the form of counseling or referrals to other university and/or community resources. We are available for crisis, single-session counseling, and ongoing counseling to students who are located in Washington state. The way to initiate all appointments is to call our office at 509-335-4511.

Please take good care of yourselves and each other. Cougs help Cougs.

Counseling and Psychological Services


Self-Care Resources:

Counseling Resources for Individuals of Color:

  • The Washington Counselors of Color Network works to connect clients with counselors who understand the specific needs of people of color and various cultures. There are many resources for those on west side of Washington.
  • The Black Virtual Therapist Network provides an online directory of licensed Black therapists who are certified to provide telemental health services.
  • The Latinx Therapy directory is a bilingual database that connects individuals with therapists and other providers nationwide.
  • Black Mental Wellness, Corp, provides information on mental and behavioral health from a Black perspective.
  • Crisis Text Line, text STEVE to 741741 for support specific to college and university students of color.

WSU Resources:

Books for members of our community wanting to challenge themselves to learn more about racial inequality in our society and the steps they can take to becoming anti-racist:

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
  • So You Want to Talk About Race? by Ijeoma Oluo
  • How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Race by Robin DiAngelo
  • …But, I’m Not Racist (Tools for Well-Meaning Whites) by Kathy Obear
  • What is White Privilege, Really? By Cory Collins

Other resources for those who want to know what steps to take to become allies:

Handwashing: a small habit with a big impact

clasped hands under running water in a sink with soap suds

Washington State University is reminding students, faculty and staff that washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the tools identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for helping combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Studies have shown that handwashing can prevent 1 in 3 diarrhea-related sicknesses and 1 in 5 respiratory infections, such as a cold or flu. Handwashing prevents the spread of infections by reducing the number of germs introduced to our own bodies when touching our eyes, nose or mouth and reducing germs transferred to common objects like phones, hand rails, buttons, and door knobs.

Wash your hands often.

Washing hands at key times with soap and water is one of the most important steps you can take to get rid of germs and avoid spreading germs to those around you.

When you should wash your hands:

  • After using the bathroom
  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet

Do it right.

Follow these five steps every time you wash your hands.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum “Happy Birthday” twice or sing the WSU Fight song (without all the clapping of course).
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

If soap and water aren’t available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

If you want to spread the word and not germs, you can get images, videos and posters to print and share at the CDC Health Promotion materials website. This information was provided by and adapted from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information visit https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/

Vision Clinic Frame Show

three students wearing glasses
Three students wearing Vision Clinic sunglasses

 

Stop by the vision clinic for a special sale event for WSU students! Over 200 styles of frames and sunglasses will be available to try on and purchase. Students will receive a 25% discount on frames and sunglasses in stock.

Vision Clinic Frame Show
October 23, 2019 10 AM – 3 PM
Washington Building.

Drop by for giveaways and enter to win a free frame or sunglasses!  

For questions about the sale or our vision care services, contact our vision clinic.

Become a peer health educator

Photo of Cougar Health Services Peer Health Educators

Peer health educators are a diverse group of undergraduate leaders who work with us to educate and empower their fellow students. Students who participate in this program facilitate workshops, represent CHS at campus events, table, and collaborate with campus partners.

We consistently hear from students who are interested in peer health education programs, and studies show that students view peer health educators as credible and trustworthy sources of information. The program is supported by the Service & Activity Fee and will help increase our collaboration with students.

Students who participate in the program will receive a range of professional development opportunities, including training and hands-on experience. Peer educators will develop leadership and public speaking skills, foster positive working relationships, and gain foundational knowledge in a variety of health topics, including violence prevention, mental health, substance use, and sexual health.

The application for becoming a peer health educator will open March 27. Due to COVID-19, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis rather than having a strict close date.

Students who are accepted into the program will receive BACCHUS training on Sunday, August 30 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Students will then take an exam for their peer educator certification. The program has a one-year commitment with 25 hours of involvement per semester and bi-weekly meetings which occur on Wednesdays from 4:00 –6:00 pm.

If you have questions about the program, please contact Peyton Prothero.

Information Regarding Bacterial Meningitis

Medical professionals from Washington State University’s Cougar Health Services have received inquiries regarding reports of a case of meningitis on the WSU Pullman campus. There are many causes of meningitis, and although they are all serious, they are not all equally contagious. Please know that WSU does NOT have meningococcal meningitis on campus, which is the most dangerous form of meningitis for college students.

Cougar Health Services has been in contact with the Department of Health and have determined that there are no additional recommended preventive measures related to meningitis for campus members or close contacts of an ill student at this time. WSU campus members are not currently at increased risk for contracting meningitis.

As always, anyone with symptoms of illness or questions about their personal health should contact their healthcare provider for advice. Pullman students can contact Cougar Health Services at 509-335-3575 or schedule an appointment at https://cougarhealth.wsu.edu/appointments/

For more information about meningitis: https://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/index.html

While meningococcal meningitis is not currently present on the WSU Pullman campus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention do recommend that all adolescents receive a meningococcal immunization. Many WSU students have already received this vaccine. For more information: https://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/vaccine-info.html

Join the Culture of Respect campus team

 

The Culture of Respect initiative had a great start as we welcomed nearly 35 campus and community partners to the kickoff event February 27. This campus-wide initiative uses a framework focused on broad participation which allows us to come together and collectively develop goals and next steps for WSU Pullman.

The first step we are taking is completing the CORE Evaluation by the end of April. We are using this self-assessment to determine which aspects of the Culture of Respect framework are most relevant for our campus. As we review what WSU is already doing to prevent sex- and gender-based violence, we are able to assess how we can build off this strong foundation and how we can collaborate to address gaps we identify.

If you missed the kickoff event, check out this video of the presentation above.

If you would like to know more about the Core Evaluation or are interested in becoming a part of our campus team, please contact Tara Johnson, Health Promotion Specialist, at tara.l.johnson@wsu.edu.

April Peer Health Educator of the Month – Mari Irvan

Photo of Mari Web
Photo of Mari Web

 

Mari Irvan is a fourth year senior at WSU completing a B.S. in psychology and a B.A. in human development. She joined the peer health education program in the fall of 2018. Her peers in the program nominated her for the April Peer Health Educator of the Month award. This award is given to peer health educators in recognition of their hard work and dedication to the program. We sat down with Mari to hear more about her time in the program and why she thinks other students would benefit from joining.

How has being a peer health educator been meaningful to you?

MI: Going into the program, I was excited about the opportunity to make a difference on campus and be involved in a club that promotes various aspects of health. Being in the program has opened my eyes to different opportunities after graduation and my trajectory has definitely changed.

I’m going to be trained as a community coalition coordinator working for the state to prevent substance abuse at the community level. And I don’t think that would have happened without this spark of interest.

How do you think being a peer health educator has built career skills?

MI: Throughout school, you get opportunities to stand up in front of a classroom and do a presentation. But something I didn’t expect from [being a peer health educator] was being able to gain skills in how to present in a very engaging way.

You learn how to get the audience to want to participate and to feel the information personally relates to them, no matter who they are. I think this makes presenting a lot more effective and fun for everybody.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned as a peer health educator?

MI: One of the most impactful things I did as a peer health educator was go through Mental Health First Aid training. I liked how it teaches you how to respond to someone who is having a crisis. This isn’t something covered in a lot of my psychology classes and it can be really difficult to respond in these situations.

What do you do in the moment? Or what do you do if you see someone who you’re really concerned about? How do you be direct and ask them ‘hey, are you ok?’ I think this is easier said than done. [What we learned] was very applicable and is something everyone should know.

What would you say to someone who is considering becoming a peer health educator?

MI: [Being a peer health educator] is a great opportunity to be a leader and to be part of something that is making a positive impact. You will be surprised at how much you learn as an individual about different aspects of health and safety. What I learned was super applicable for when I was starting to look for internships to complete my human development degree and for what I would do after graduation.

I don’t regret joining at all. It has been one of my favorite things I’ve done at WSU. I’m glad I was able to snag the opportunity before I graduated, and I would definitely recommend it.

Help us facilitate ‘Booze, Sex and Reality Checks’ for incoming students

Instructor speaking to a room of students
Instructor speaking to a room of students

 

Our Health Promotion team is offering an exciting opportunity to lead new Cougs through the Booze, Sex, and Reality Checks (BSRC) workshop. Incoming students under the age of 21 attend this evidence-based program as part of their Week of Welcome experience.

As a Facilitator, you will gain public speaking experience, receive training in motivational interviewing, and become equipped to facilitate group discussions. As Support Staff, you will participate in implementing Week of Welcome workshops and develop skills in customer service.

Opportunities Available

BSRC Lead Facilitator and Co-Facilitator

  • ROLE: Lead Facilitators take the lead in presenting content for BSRC workshops. Co-Facilitators assist Lead Facilitators during BSRC workshops and present basic content
  • WHO CAN APPLY: WSU staff or graduate students (undergraduate students can also apply for Co-Facilitator role)
  • PAY RATE: Will be discussed once application has been submitted

Support Staff

  • ROLE: Help set up workshops, sign-in students, direct students to correct workshop locations, and answer general questions.
  • WHO CAN APPLY: Anyone (undergraduate students encouraged to apply)
  • PAY RATE: $12 per hour

Job Requirements

BSRC Lead and Co-facilitator

  • Attend all 10 Facilitator trainings (8:30am – 12:00pm)
    • On Tuesdays – June 25th, July 9th, July 16th, July 23rd, and July 30th
    • And on Wednesdays – June 26th, July 10th, July 17th, July 24th, and July 31st
  • Attend 1 logistics training (2 hours long)
    • Either on August 8th or 9th
  • Available to facilitate workshops August 10th through August 17th

Support Staff

  • Attend 2 Support Staff trainings (8:00am – 5:00pm)
    • Both August 8th and 9th
  • Available to work full-time August 10th through August 17th

How to Apply

BSRC Lead Facilitator and Co-Facilitator

Applications for these two positions will be accepted through May 31st. If you are interested, apply here.

Support Staff

Applications for this position will be accepted until filled. If you are interested, apply here.

 

We hope you’ll join us this summer!

Questions?

Contact Health Promotion:

Phone: 509-335-9355
Email: cougarhealth.healthpromotion@wsu.edu