Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Resources

COVID-19 Vaccination Updates

  • Students: An email message was sent to all students on April 29, 2021 detailing the requirement of COVID-19 vaccinations for students (Read the Message). For more information, review the Covid-19 Vaccination Policy. Students should refer to their jefferson.edu email for ongoing updates.
  • Employees: Visit our Information for Faculty & Staff page for the most recent updates, including details on the Aug. 10 mandatory vaccination announcement.
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Updated University Masking Guidelines

As of August 4, 2021 masks are required in all University buildings regardless of vaccination status. Students and employees may refer to their jefferson.edu email for more information. 

COVID-19 Case Dashboard

This dashboard shows the number of COVID-positive cases and the number of persons who may have been exposed and are being tested among Thomas Jefferson University students.

Current COVID-19 Summary*

*Data last updated Sept. 15, 2021

  • Daily Active PUIs: 61 (East Falls campus: 21; Center City campus: 40)
  • Daily Active Cases: 19 (East Falls campus: 7; Center City campus: 12)
  • Daily Positivity Rate: 0.17% East Falls campus; 0.28% Center City Campus 

Any students who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, or are showing symptoms, please reach out to Student Health Services at 215-951-0168 (East Falls) or Jefferson Occupational Health Network at 215-955-6835 (Center City).

Any faculty and staff who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, or are showing symptoms, please reach out to Jefferson Occupational Health Network at 215-955-6835.

Anyone who has been in contact with a Jefferson student who has tested positive will be notified via the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

COVID-19 Case Dashboard Definitions

  • Daily Active Persons Under Investigation (PUIs): Students who are symptomatic and awaiting COVID-19 test result
  • Daily Active Cases: Students who have a positive COVID-19 test and remain in isolation
  • Daily Positivity Rate: Total number of students with a positive COVID-19 test among a given population
 

Previous University Updates

Detailed information for students is being shared via email that will also be posted on this site. It is important that you access this information to ensure you are up to date on the latest communications.

August 4, 2021: COVID-19 Update: Revised Mask and PPE Guidelines

SENT ON BEHALF OF:

Enterprise Incident Command Center

TO ALL JEFFERSON STAFF, FACULTY AND STUDENTS

Cases of the highly contagious COVID-19 Delta variant have been rising across our country. We have begun to see this trend occur at Jefferson and in our region. Thankfully, our experience at Jefferson aligns with national data in demonstrating the truly remarkable success of vaccination to prevent hospitalizations and death.

Recent evidence suggests that the current vaccines may not always prevent vaccinated people from passing COVID-19 to others that may be more vulnerable.  As always, our priority is safety. 

Therefore, we are adjusting our mask recommendations and requirements while we learn more about the impact of the Delta variant – see the attached PDFs sent via Jefferson.edu email on August 4, 2021:

Thank you for everything that you are doing to keep yourselves and our patients safe. Please check your email regularly as well as our internal and external websites for updates. We will continue to keep you informed as we move forward together. 

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Watch the Latest Zurlo Report: Learn about the effectiveness of vaccination -- including studies on the Delta variant, how we measure vaccine immunity, and vaccine booster shots from Jefferson Infectious Diseases director Dr. John Zurlo. Watch the video link sent via Jefferson.edu email on August 4, 2021.

SENT ON BEHALF OF:

Enterprise Incident Command Center

TO ALL JEFFERSON STAFF, FACULTY AND STUDENTS

Mask recommendations and requirements continue to evolve as the COVID pandemic evolves. An attached PDF was sent via Jefferson.edu email on July 26, 2021 with REVISED Mask/Social Distancing/Gathering Guidelines and specific details for our clinical, university and corporate locations.   These guidelines are in effect until further notice.

Changes and updates may be required and communicated as needed. To stay up-to-date, please check your email regularly as well as our internal and external websites for updates.

SENT ON BEHALF OF:

Enterprise Incident Command Center

TO ALL JEFFERSON STAFF, FACULTY AND STUDENTS

As we navigate the COVID pandemic, Jefferson continues to reconcile the differing guidelines and statements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and those from local and state (NJ/PA) Departments of Health.

An attached PDF was sent via Jefferson.edu email June 8, 2021 with REVISED Mask/Social Distancing/Gathering Guidelines for our clinical locations, university locations and corporate services. These guidelines are in effect until further notice.

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The situation is continually evolving, so changes and updates may be required and communicated as needed. To stay up-to-date, please check your email regularly as well as our internal and external websites for updates. 

Note: An update to this communication was sent June 8, 2021 and can be found above.

SENT ON BEHALF OF:

Enterprise Incident Command Center

TO ALL JEFFERSON STAFF, FACULTY AND STUDENTS

As we continue to navigate through the COVID pandemic it is important that we reconcile the differing guidelines and statements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and those from local and state (NJ/PA) Departments of Health. Please note that health care organizations are not included in most of the recent changes to mask guidelines, social distancing, etc.

We are providing guidance via Jefferson.edu email that is in effect as of May 21, 2021 and is subject to change as local/state guidelines are updated and additional information becomes available. We expect additional updates to occur after June 11, 2021.

Masks are not required to be worn outside as per local and state guidelines except in NJ that requires masks to be worn for outdoor spaces in health setting.

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The situation is continually evolving, so changes and updates may be required and communicated as needed. To stay up-to-date, please check your email regularly as well as our internal and external websites for updates.

To All Thomas Jefferson University Students:

As you know, Thomas Jefferson University is requiring that students have completed full vaccination with a U.S. FDA authorized COVID-19 vaccine before returning to campus for the fall semester. 

The safety of our Jefferson community is our highest priority, and it is a shared responsibility. Vaccination is our best hope for a return to a robust academic and campus life. All students, including online learners, who anticipate a need to come to campus at any point during the semester, must abide by this vaccination requirement as outlined in the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Please review this policy thoroughly.

Please submit proof of full vaccination to Jefferson’s COVID-19 Vaccine database no later than August 1, 2021. It is important for you to understand that in an effort to optimize the safe return to campus,non-compliance could impact your academic progression and may violate the University’s Community Standards.  

Medical exemptions and religious exemptions from the vaccination requirement will be granted in accordance with the University’s reasonable accommodation policies and legal requirements. Please review the COVID Vaccination Policy for full details regarding exemption. 

We will continue to provide more details throughout the summer and students should regularly check their Jefferson.edu emails for more information. If you have any questions, please contact EF.COVID19@jefferson.edu or 215-951-0168.

Thank you.

Mark L. Tykocinski, MD
Provost, Thomas Jefferson University
Dean, Sidney Kimmel Medical College

To All Thomas Jefferson University Students:

In our continuing commitment to the health and safety of our University community, Thomas Jefferson University has made the decision to require that students receive a U.S. FDA authorized COVID-19 vaccine before returning to campus for the fall 2021 semester.

Students planning to be on campus in any capacity during the 2021-22 academic year must produce their COVID-19 vaccination card with proof that they have received their final dose of a U.S. FDA authorized vaccine no later than August 1. We will provide more details on how to upload your documentation to the Jefferson system in the coming weeks.

We were pleased to see so many of our students come out to our vaccine clinics over the past few weeks. Jefferson will be holding additional vaccine clinics over the summer for all students. You will receive an invitation to schedule your vaccine from Student Health Services or, for those in Health Sciences programs the invitation may come from your college. However, if you are able to register elsewhere for a vaccine in the meantime, you are encouraged to do so.

Medical and religious exemptions from the vaccination requirement will be granted in accordance with the University’s reasonable accommodation policies and legal requirements. Information on these policies and the accompanying form(s) that you will need to complete and return to Jefferson are forthcoming. Additionally, online-only students who have no on-campus presence are exempt from this vaccine requirement.

Please know that the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community is our highest priority. We will continue to require masks and social distancing in accordance with City regulations and will follow the CDC’s guidance for safety measures on campus. If you have any questions, please contact EF.COVID19@jefferson.edu or 215-951-0168 (leave your full name and call back number).

We will continue to share information with you as it becomes available. Please check your Jefferson.edu email frequently over the next few weeks and summer months. We will also post important information and updated FAQs to Jefferson.edu/Coronavirus.

Thank you.

SENT ON BEHALF OF:
Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA
President, Thomas Jefferson University
CEO, Jefferson Health

Mark L. Tykocinski, MD
Provost, Thomas Jefferson University
Dean, Sidney Kimmel Medical College

To All Thomas Jefferson University Students:

The City of Philadelphia has announced that effective April 19, all people 16 and older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. Jefferson is now able to offer the vaccine to our students. 

An email from Student Health Services was sent to students, specifying the instructions to register for an appointment. Students should refer to this email to schedule an appointment for your COVID-19 vaccination. Vaccinations are voluntary and will be offered in the Gallagher Athletic Center on the East Falls Campus. 

Please carefully review the information below before registering:

  • Please bring a copy of your confirmation email to your appointment and your valid Jefferson ID.
  • Verify that your information is accurate before hitting submit on the registration form. The most common reason for not receiving an email confirming your appointment is a misspelled email address.
  • Please carefully select your desired appointment time on either April 26 or 27.
  • Please contact Student Health Services at 215-951-0168 immediately if:
  • You must make a change to your appointment due to an emergency,
  • You do not receive a confirmation message from the system prior to your appointment.

Please note: At your first dose appointment, you will be asked to schedule a date to receive your second dose, which will be administered May 25 and 26. You must come back to the East Falls Campus vaccine site for your second dose.

 

To All Thomas Jefferson University Students:

If you’re traveling this holiday weekend, please continue to follow safety protocols including wearing a mask, social distancing and washing your hands frequently.

During our recent University Town Hall, I was joined by University leaders who provided comprehensive details on COVID-19, fall semester, and more.

If you were unable to attend, a playback is now available, which includes these highlights:

  • Updates on Summer and Fall semesters
  • Reminders about safety protocols and guidelines regarding COVID from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health
  • COVID-19 Vaccine status update
  • Resident halls, dining, in-person classes, extracurricular and other indoor activities are expected to resume in the Fall, abiding by government regulations
  • Information on 2021 Commencement Ceremonies

Watch the full playback here.

As we mentioned during the Town Hall, we will continue to optimize in-person learning and offer a meaningful residential college experience in the fall, while building on the effective digital innovations developed in the past year. In fact, we expect to transition most of our teaching to in-person, particularly for those experiences in labs, studios, small classes and group learning sessions. This will, of course, continue to include safety measures like wearing masks and social distancing. Our larger lectures will likely still be online. Our plans are dependent on the spread of the virus, the progress of vaccination, and the social distancing room capacities mandated by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. We are committed to keeping you updated as we receive more information. Please continue to check your Jefferson.edu email and Jefferson.edu/Coronavirus for the most updated information. Please note the Fall FAQs will be updated in the coming weeks.

I can’t say it enough – I am in awe of how our community responded to the unprecedented situation in which we found ourselves. You, our students, have adapted to new ways of learning and demonstrated an ability to evolve. The coming academic year, we all hope, will be easier. We’ve proven what we can accomplish together in tough times and I have every reason for optimism about the amazing things we will achieve moving forward.

Thank you.

SENT ON BEHALF OF:
The Office of the Provost

To All Thomas Jefferson University Faculty, Staff and Students

One of the challenges all of us are facing during this uncertain time is how will we plan for a robust and fulfilling academic experience for our students, faculty and staff as we look toward fall. Many of you have asked about the University’s plans for 2021-2022 and we wanted to share our best thinking with you at this time. Of course, as we all know, there are many unknowns regarding the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and its variants, the progress of the vaccination efforts across the country, and how the pandemic is affecting our community.  

Many members of the Provost’s Cabinet have spent countless hours thinking about and planning for next year’s academic experiences. And, while we wish we had more definitive answers, our plans and operations will be influenced by guidelines and mandates from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH), the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the CDC. While the PDPH still has restrictive guidelines for room capacity, we are cautiously optimistic these will be relaxed in the near future.

So, here are how things stand as of March 1, 2021, as we plan for the coming terms:

    Summer 2021 – will be the same format as Spring 2021

    Fall 2021 – will transition to more in-person teaching. Our large lectures will likely still be online, but more labs, studios, small classes and group learning sessions will be held in-person (pending approval from the city, and most likely with masks and social distancing). Thomas Jefferson University has made the decision to require that students receive a U.S. FDA authorized COVID-19 vaccine before returning to campus for the fall 2021 semester.

    Spring 2022 – we will plan for the “new normal” with in-person education infused with some virtual and technology-enhanced education that will increase engagement and flexibility and ensure that we are teaching our students for the future of work, particularly in a post-pandemic world.

We are asking deans and faculty to plan classes with these assumptions in mind and with the understanding that such plans may still be subject to change. We will have more details in the near future. Please watch your email for updates and invitations to online information sessions.

Thank you.

Mark L. Tykocinski, MD
Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs
Provost, Thomas Jefferson University