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Fourth-year nursing student Nicholas Trussell administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Augusta University's Diane Robillard during a drive-thru clinic set up by the Georgia Department of Public Health earlier this year.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine guidance for federal contractors

A recent presidential executive order requires federal contractors, including those within the University System of Georgia, to comply with COVID-19 guidance from the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force.

The guidance requires affected employees to provide written confirmation that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 4, and to comply with CDC guidelines on masking and social distancing. Universities across the nation have recently announced their plans to comply with the federal guidelines.

Next steps

Augusta University has over 200 federal contracts and is subject to the provisions of this order. Employees impacted by the order include:

  • All full-time or part-time employees (including student workers) working on or in connection with a covered federal contract
  • Employees who perform support functions such as human resources, billing, legal review and other roles
  • Employees who are in the same workplace as employees working on or supporting federal contracts but who do not themselves work directly on or in connection with the federal contract
  • We encourage employees who have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine to do so as soon as possible and remind you that an employee may take up to eight hours of Non-Closure Emergency Leave for the purpose of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, an employee may also take up to 16 hours of Non-Closure Emergency Leave if he or she receives a COVID-19 vaccine and experiences negative side effects that prohibit the performance of their duties of employment. For additional information, please see Guidance on leave time for COVID-19 Vaccinations.

Read the FAQs on the resources site and download Jag Mobile for the latest updates.

For questions, please contact Human Resources at WeAreHR@augusta.edu.

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