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Stanford University now requiring COVID-19 testing regardless of vaccination status

All students must also be vaccinated and will test weekly starting Aug. 15

Stanford University students must take a COVID-19 test, regardless of their vaccination status, starting Aug. 15, 2021. Embarcadero Media file photo by Sinead Chang.

Students, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to be tested for COVID-19, Stanford University announced on Wednesday.

In an email sent to students, Susie Brubaker-Cole, vice provost for student affairs, wrote that the university was taking the precaution to protect students' health and safety to prepare for the in-person fall quarter. All students whether they live on or off campus, must be tested for the coronavirus starting this Monday, Aug. 15, she stated. The highly sensitive test allows students to test themselves and provides results within 24 hours, she wrote.

The university announced on July 22 that it has had seven "breakthrough" cases of COVID-19 among vaccinated students.

"Working together, we can monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 at Stanford, adjust requirements as needed, protect our friends and family, and keep campus as safe as possible for in-person learning and activities this summer and autumn," she wrote.

All students newly arriving to campus will be tested if they live on campus, live in university provided off-campus student housing or come to campus frequently. Unvaccinated international students and other unvaccinated students traveling to campus from international locations are required to arrive seven days early to complete entry testing, vaccination and a period of restricted activity.

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The university is also requiring all students coming to campus to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Students who haven't yet uploaded their vaccination status will have a hold placed on their registration for fall classes, Brubaker-Cole stated.

Stanford is also requiring all students, employees and visitors to wear face coverings indoors in all spaces except when they are alone in a private office, student room or eating and drinking. The university is also recommending vaccinations for spouses, partners and children ages 12 years and older.

"Vaccination provides a high degree of protection against serious illness from infection, and the large percentage of vaccinated students, faculty, and staff at Stanford protects our campus community as a whole. We will continually assess these measures and will notify the entire campus community if changes are needed. In summary, we are confident these public health measures will protect our campus community," she said.

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Stanford University now requiring COVID-19 testing regardless of vaccination status

All students must also be vaccinated and will test weekly starting Aug. 15

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Wed, Aug 11, 2021, 10:58 pm

Students, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to be tested for COVID-19, Stanford University announced on Wednesday.

In an email sent to students, Susie Brubaker-Cole, vice provost for student affairs, wrote that the university was taking the precaution to protect students' health and safety to prepare for the in-person fall quarter. All students whether they live on or off campus, must be tested for the coronavirus starting this Monday, Aug. 15, she stated. The highly sensitive test allows students to test themselves and provides results within 24 hours, she wrote.

The university announced on July 22 that it has had seven "breakthrough" cases of COVID-19 among vaccinated students.

"Working together, we can monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 at Stanford, adjust requirements as needed, protect our friends and family, and keep campus as safe as possible for in-person learning and activities this summer and autumn," she wrote.

All students newly arriving to campus will be tested if they live on campus, live in university provided off-campus student housing or come to campus frequently. Unvaccinated international students and other unvaccinated students traveling to campus from international locations are required to arrive seven days early to complete entry testing, vaccination and a period of restricted activity.

The university is also requiring all students coming to campus to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Students who haven't yet uploaded their vaccination status will have a hold placed on their registration for fall classes, Brubaker-Cole stated.

Stanford is also requiring all students, employees and visitors to wear face coverings indoors in all spaces except when they are alone in a private office, student room or eating and drinking. The university is also recommending vaccinations for spouses, partners and children ages 12 years and older.

"Vaccination provides a high degree of protection against serious illness from infection, and the large percentage of vaccinated students, faculty, and staff at Stanford protects our campus community as a whole. We will continually assess these measures and will notify the entire campus community if changes are needed. In summary, we are confident these public health measures will protect our campus community," she said.

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JoAnn
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Portola Valley
on Aug 12, 2021 at 10:30 am
JoAnn, Portola Valley
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on Aug 12, 2021 at 10:30 am

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Jennifer
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on Aug 12, 2021 at 11:31 am
Jennifer, another community
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on Aug 12, 2021 at 11:31 am

I hope the kids take it in stride. They're at an age where they're used to testing regularly, and college students bring new meaning to the term "large gatherings."


EmmaP
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Old Palo Alto
on Aug 12, 2021 at 5:52 pm
EmmaP, Old Palo Alto
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on Aug 12, 2021 at 5:52 pm

Stanford is allowing medical and, unfortunately, religious exemptions to vaccination. However the form for the latter does have some hoops and no guarantee the university will accept it. Web Link


Rebecca Eisenberg
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Old Palo Alto
on Aug 12, 2021 at 10:16 pm
Rebecca Eisenberg, Old Palo Alto
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on Aug 12, 2021 at 10:16 pm

Is Stanford requiring testing for professors, staff, and administrators? That is essential too. And like the first commenter noted, to be an effective vaccination requirement, there can't be exceptions for belief systems. People who do not believe in vaccinations always have the option of not participating in activities that require being vaccinated.

As an aside, as more and more governmental and private organizations tighten their vaccination requirements in response to the Delta Variant raging through our country, has the Palo Alto Police Department - who, last reported still was almost half unvaccinated - made any progress as well? See article about extremely low vaccination rates amongst Palo Alto Police Officers: Web Link

Seems ironic that those whose job is to protect us are the people most likely to infect young children and the immunocompromised with covid-19.

Similarly, Stanford University, my alma mater where I entered as an engineering student, should understand science well enough to recognize that vaccination is the only effective means of beating this virus. Every person (student, staff, professor, researcher, doctor, service employee, administrator, etc.) on Stanford Campus should be fully vaccinated, unless they are medically incapable of being vaccinated. Those are the rules of many (most?) other well-regarded universities across the country (including, thankfully, the college my daughter will be attending this fall!).

Get your act together, Stanford. You know better. 99% percent of Palo Alto public school students age 12 and older are vaccinated -- your rates should be just as high or higher. No more excuses.


Dennis Petry
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on Aug 13, 2021 at 8:01 am
Dennis Petry, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
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on Aug 13, 2021 at 8:01 am
Leo
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Leo, Midtown
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Lenora J.
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Lenora J., Crescent Park
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eileen
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eileen , College Terrace
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Lillian Podesta
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Lillian Podesta, Woodside
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Daryl Jensen
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Daryl Jensen, Barron Park
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Darby Jenkins
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Darby Jenkins, another community
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Selena Montoya
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Selena Montoya, another community
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EmmaP
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on Aug 15, 2021 at 8:47 am
EmmaP, Old Palo Alto
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on Aug 15, 2021 at 8:47 am

According to the university as of Fall Quarter all staff, faculty, and postdocs working on campus will have to be vaccinated except those with a medical or religious exemption Web Link (I'm not sure what they will do about faculty who don't vaccinate and who don't have exemption.)

Also I find it dubious that 99% of eligible Palo Alto students have been vaccinated. Is the school district even collecting that data?


Peter Crist
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on Aug 15, 2021 at 9:17 am
Peter Crist, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
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In God We Trust
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on Aug 15, 2021 at 10:02 am
In God We Trust, another community
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Neal
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on Aug 17, 2021 at 6:37 am
Neal, Community Center
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on Aug 17, 2021 at 6:37 am

If students are caught using fake vaccination records, they should be expelled immediately.


Carlos M.
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on Aug 17, 2021 at 7:30 am
Carlos M., another community
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on Aug 17, 2021 at 7:30 am

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