As announced by Ohio State President Johnson on Aug. 24, Ohio State is now requiring every student, faculty, and staff member to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The deadline to have at least a first dose is Oct. 15. For people receiving a two-dose vaccine, the second dose must be received by Nov. 15. The university will accept a number of vaccines to meet this requirement. Information about the vaccine requirement, reporting, exemptions, and FAQs is available at: safeandhealthy.osu.edu/covid-19-vaccine-requirement. You are encouraged to be patient and not make any quick decisions about your employment based on the initial requirement notices. More information and details about the exemption process will be forthcoming from the university.
4-H specific information via Kirk Bloir, state 4-H leader: The vaccination requirement applies only to Ohio State students, faculty, and staff. There is no current requirement that 4-H members or volunteers must have a COVID-19 vaccination. Also, the mask mandate continues to apply only to the Ohio State Columbus and regional campuses; however, given the increased number of cases and corresponding hospitalizations, we strongly encourage masks to be properly worn during all indoor 4-H activities and events where social distancing cannot be maintained. When a meal is included, we strongly encourage social distancing to the extent possible. Keep in mind that county and independent fairs (and the activities 4-H members and volunteers choose to participate in during fair) fall under the guidance of the local senior fair board; and they would be expected to follow the guidance of the local health department.