Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda | July 2021

COVID-19 V ACCINE S AFETY In an effort to create a safe environment for all members of the CWU community during the 2021 Fall quarter, the university will require a COVID-19 vaccination for students and staff who will be coming to campus (unless an official medical, religious or philosophical exemption has been filed with the university). Following guidelines from the Governor’s Office and the Kittitas County Public Health Department, CWU administration has decided that a vaccination requirement is the most effective way to keep our campus safe this fall. While an increasing number of CWU students and employees are getting vaccinated this summer, many people remain hesitant due to rampant misinformation circulating online. As part of our ongoing pro-vaccination efforts, we have created this quick reference guide and accompanying webpage for those who would like to learn more about the safety and effectiveness of the COVID vaccines. A PPROVED V ACCINES A RE S AFE The federal government has authorized and recommended three vaccines in the United States to prevent COVID-19: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. The three vaccines were approved under an Emergency Use Authorization in late 2020 and full Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval is expected in the coming months. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): • All three approved COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective • More than 300 million doses have been administered in the U.S. since late 2020, under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history. • Most people report only mild side effects after being inoculated R IGOROUS S AFETY M ONITORING The three FDA-approved vaccines have undergone, and will continue to undergo, the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. This monitoring includes using both established and new safety monitoring systems to make sure that vaccines are safe. Results from vaccine safety monitoring efforts are reassuring. Some people have no side effects; while others have reported mild side effects, such as:

• swelling, redness, and pain at injection site • fever

• headache • tiredness • muscle pain • chills • nausea

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