A row of vials containing COVID-19 vaccine.

Penn State Behrend and LECOM Health will host a second COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Sept. 23. 

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Penn State Behrend releases vaccination rates for students, employees

ERIE, Pa. — As of Sept. 7, Penn State Behrend released vaccination rates for students and employees of the college.

At Penn State Behrend, 89% of full-time employees indicated they are fully vaccinated, including 100% of administrators, 89% of academic personnel (instructors, researchers and faculty) and 88% of nonunion staff.

Among students, 76% of students living on campus uploaded their proof of vaccination, and 56% of students living off campus uploaded their proof of vaccination. The combined rate for all students at Penn State Behrend is approximately 63%. With more students continuing to upload their proof of vaccination each day, the actual vaccination rates may be higher.

At this time, the overall campus vaccination rate is higher than Erie County’s vaccination rate of 58%.

“Our students, faculty and staff see the value of an in-person, on-campus academic experience and are doing their part to keep us safe as a community,” Chancellor Ralph Ford said. “Vaccination is the most effective tool for limiting the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to encourage vaccination throughout the academic year.”

Penn State Behrend and LECOM Health hosted an on-campus vaccine clinic on Aug. 26. A second clinic will be held Sept. 23.

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 provide 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 Behrend 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 Behrend. Student tests are being distributed at the RUB Desk, in the Reed Union Building, daily until 10 p.m. Tests also can be ordered by mail via the Vault Health mail-in test kit. Employees may also request a Vault Health mail-in test kit.

Penn State Behrend students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should seek symptomatic testing via the Health and Wellness Center. To arrange for a test, call 814-898-6217 or make an online appointment.

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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's vaccines.gov website provides a list of nearby providers, including hospitals, doctor’s offices, pharmacies and grocery stores.

For the latest information about Penn State’s response to COVID-19, visit virusinfo.psu.edu.