We understand that not everyone will have their second vaccine by July 15. Please upload the documentation for your first vaccine and its date into the portal. Please enter second dose scheduled __/__/22 in the comments of your upload.
There are, however, many studies also in the literature looking at vaccine-induced immunity in vaccines such as Zoster (chicken pox) and HPV that show immunity after vaccine was much stronger and/or longer in duration than natural infection. Studies so far for COVID vaccine administration after infection show that antibody and memory B cell responses are significantly boosted by receipt of the vaccine. They also show that an mRNA vaccine given to those previously infected induces antibodies that more readily neutralize the B.1351 variant suggesting that the booster may impart broader protection.
Since we know that the vaccine enhances the immune response and that it is showing more protection against variants, we, as well as many medical experts including the CDC, feel that vaccination in people who have been previously infected is an important additional protection for our campus as we look to protect those who are most vulnerable to significant COVID disease (immunocompromised individuals and some elderly people who do not mount a protective response from the vaccine as well as those who cannot take the vaccine).
If you have further questions about mandated COVID-19 vaccination, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will direct your question to the appropriate department to answer your question.
For further questions please see the WashU COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ.