MONACA, Pa. — As of Sept. 8, Penn State Beaver released vaccination rates for students and employees at the campus.
At Penn State Beaver, 79% of full-time employees indicated they are fully vaccinated, including 100% of administrators, 89% of academic personnel (instructors, researchers and faculty), and 71% of nonunion staff.
Among students, 68% of students living on campus uploaded their proof of vaccination, and 54% of students living off campus uploaded their proof of vaccination. The combined rate for all students at Penn State Beaver is approximately 58%. With more students continuing to upload their proof of vaccination each day, the actual vaccination rates on campus may be higher. However, 42% the campus’ students have not responded, so the status of those individuals’ vaccination rates is unknown.
“We are pleased that such a large percentage of faculty and staff are vaccinated,” Jenifer Cushman, Penn State Beaver chancellor, said. “Penn State Beaver encourages students to upload their proof of vaccination, and we are seeing more and more students do this as the semester gets underway. This is a critical need for our campus and to promote the health and safety of the entire Penn State Beaver campus community.”
At this time, the overall campus vaccination rate is higher than the vaccination rate in Beaver County.
Penn State Beaver has and continues to take a number of steps to support the health and safety of the campus population, including promoting vaccinations through flyers, social media and providing QR codes for local vaccination sites and encouraging everyone to upload their vaccination status.
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 Beaver 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 Beaver. Student tests are being distributed at the campus nurse’s office or they can be ordered through the mail via the Vault Health mail-in test kit.
Penn State Beaver students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should seek symptomatic testing via campus nurse Barb Kugel or 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 vaccines.gov website provides a list of nearby providers, including hospitals, doctor’s offices, pharmacies, department stores and grocery stores.
For the latest information about Penn State’s response to COVID-19, visit virusinfo.psu.edu.