Nov. 29, 2021: Federal order requires employees to provide proof of vaccination

Dear MSU Employees,

President Biden’s Executive Order 14042 requires employees of organizations that contract with the federal government — such as Michigan State University — to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with limited exceptions, and provide documented proof of vaccination by Jan. 18, 2022.

I am very pleased that a large majority of our employees are already vaccinated. However, the executive order now requires us to obtain documented verification of vaccine status for each employee.

All MSU employees — faculty, academic and support staff, teaching assistants and undergraduate and graduate student employees, regardless of whether you work on federal contracts — must provide proof of your vaccination status by Jan. 18, 2022. Employees with an approved vaccine exemption, pending appeals or those on approved leave will be exempt from providing verification. Employees who fail to provide proof of their vaccination by the Jan. 18 deadline will be referred to the appropriate disciplinary process.

MSU is actively working on a process to verify the vaccination status of our employees in accordance with this federal requirement. More details will be shared in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please locate your COVID-19 vaccination card or records and be prepared to submit these documents.

Michigan residents who need another copy of their vaccine records can visit the Michigan Immunization Portal. Any employee who needs to update their vaccine verification status prior to submitting their information can do so here.

I thank you for preparing to take this next step to comply with the federal order and for doing your part in protecting our Spartan community.


Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. (he/him)