HAZLETON, Pa. — As of Sept. 3, Penn State Hazleton released vaccination rates for students and employees at the campus.
At Penn State Hazleton, 84% of full-time employees indicated they are fully vaccinated, including 100% of administrators, 91% of academic personnel (instructors, researchers and faculty) and 79% of nonunion staff.
Among students, 68% of students living on campus uploaded their proof of vaccination, and 45% of students living off campus uploaded their proof of vaccination. The combined rate for all students at Penn State Hazleton is approximately 53%. With more students continuing to upload their proof of vaccination each day, the actual vaccination rates on campus may be higher. However, 47% of the campus’ students have not responded so the status of those individuals’ vaccination rates is unknown.
Chancellor Gary M. Lawler said, “We are gratified to see such a large percentage of our faculty and staff are vaccinated and appreciate the students who have taken time to upload their proof of vaccination. We are seeing more and more students upload their proof of vaccination as the semester gets underway and will be working to support all our students in the vaccination process.”
At this time, the overall campus vaccination rate is higher than the vaccination rate of Luzerne County.
Penn State Hazleton has and continues to take a number of steps to support the health and safety of the campus population, including provide information on local vaccination clinics, promote vaccinations on digital signage and social media and in communications to students and employees, and host on-campus vaccine clinics.
Lawler added, “A vaccination clinic was held on Sept. 8, and we were very pleased with the turnout. This is a critical need for our campus and to promote the health and safety of the entire Penn State Hazleton community.”
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 Hazleton 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 Hazleton. Student tests are being distributed at the Health Center, 704 West Hall, or can be ordered through the mail via the Vault Health mail-in test kit.
Penn State Hazleton students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should seek symptomatic testing by contacting the Health Center at 570-450-3028 or [email protected] 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.