Penn State Berks releases vaccination rates for students, employees

Nearly 80% of residential students and nearly 90% of faculty are vaccinated

WYOMISSING, Pa. — As of Sept. 3, Penn State Berks released vaccination rates for students and employees at the campus. 

At Penn State Berks, 84% of full-time employees indicated they are fully vaccinated, including 100% of administrators, 87% of academic personnel (instructors, researchers and faculty) and 81% of nonunion staff.

Among students, 77% of students living on campus uploaded their proof of vaccination, and 51% of students living off campus uploaded their proof of vaccination. The combined rate for all students at Penn State Berks is approximately 60%. With more students continuing to upload their proof of vaccination each day, the actual vaccination rates on campus may be higher. 

Chancellor George Grant Jr. stated, “We are very encouraged by the high percentage of faculty, staff and students who have gotten their vaccine and shared their status.”

At this time, the overall campus vaccination rate is higher than the vaccination rate in Berks County. 

Penn State Berks has and continues to take a number of steps to support the health and safety of the campus population, including hosting an on-campus vaccination clinic; providing information on local vaccination clinics; and promoting vaccinations on digital signage and on social media.

Vaccination data for all Penn State campuses will be available on the COVID-19 dashboard later this month. Penn State’s 20 Commonwealth Campuses across Pennsylvania vary in size and demographics, with some campuses offering residential experiences while others providing for commuter students. 

Penn State previously announced that unvaccinated students and employees will be required to submit to weekly testing for COVID-19 throughout the fall semester. Penn State Berks students can upload their vaccination records through myUHS. Campus employees can upload their vaccination records through Salesforce Health Cloud.

Voluntary and symptomatic testing is available at Penn State Berks. Student tests are being distributed at Health Services, located in the Perkins Student Center, room 8. Tests can also be ordered through the mail via the Vault Health mail-in test kit.

Penn State Berks students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should seek symptomatic testing at Health Services, located in the Perkins Student Center, room 8, or from a local provider. Employees who are experiencing symptoms are advised to schedule an appointment with their health care provider.

The University strongly encourages all individuals to receive a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as they are able, if they have not done so already. Throughout the fall semester, vaccines will be made available on or near all Penn State campuses. The CDC’s website provides a list of nearby providers, including hospitals, doctor’s offices, pharmacies, department stores and grocery stores.

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