Last update: 5/3/2021 @ 3:54 p.m.
All Washington residents age 16 and up are now eligible to be vaccinated at no cost.
Appointments available at UW Medicine and many other providers. Learn more.
Pierce County has moved back to Phase 2 of the state’s Healthy Washington plan effective April 16, 2021. This does not change any of our current campus policies or courses.
King County is in Phase 3. Face coverings are required at all UW campuses and facilities.
As of April 16, the University of Washington’s Bothell and Seattle campuses are in Phase 3 and the Tacoma campus is in Phase 2 of the COVID-19 recovery, in accordance with the state’s Healthy Washington plan (pdf) and its Campus Reopening Guide (pdf).
- Face coverings are required on all campuses, even if you’ve been fully vaccinated.
- The majority of courses are offered remotely.
- Telework is supported through Sept. 10, 2021. If an employee can telework and it does not impede operations, they should be allowed to do so.
- On-site work must adhere to all appropriate safety measures, the Return to On-site Work Decision Tree and unit COVID-19 Prevention Plans.
- Non-instructional events and gatherings must follow applicable restrictions from the state and University, including limits on attendees based on whether the event is indoors or outdoors.
Our goal remains the same during this pandemic: provide a high-quality Husky Experience for every student. Information and resources for students, for faculty and for staff are available. Individual study spaces are available on campus with a reservation.
If you are coming to campus, follow the 3 Ws: Wear a mask, Watch your distance and Wash your hands. If you are sick, you must stay home. Return to this page for updates as new information becomes available.
The University of Washington's coronavirus webpage is also updated frequently as new information is available.
UW Tacoma campus buildings are currently closed to public access. While most physical offices are closed, services are available by phone, email or online. See "Accessing campus services remotely" for details.
UW Medicine has developed a guide to the COVID-19 vaccine and answers to common questions. At this time the vaccine is available to anyone 16 years of age or older at no cost. Appointments available at UW Medicine and many other providers. Learn more.
In order to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, academic personnel, staff and broader community, the University of Washington will require all students to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Before the start of autumn quarter, students will need to verify they have been vaccinated unless they are claiming a medical, religious or philosophical exemption. This is similar to our existing tri-campus immunization requirement. If students are unable to verify they are vaccinated because they can’t get vaccinated where they currently live, the University will provide access to vaccinations upon arrival on campus. Early this summer, we will share how students can verify their COVID-19 vaccination or claim an exemption.
Autumn Quarter 2021
We look forward to safely returning for in-person instruction and activities this autumn. Since the UW is on a quarter system, we have even more time to prepare classrooms and campus facilities for the start of autumn quarter on Sept. 29. Our experts know how to ready UW Tacoma’s living, learning and working spaces so you can come to campus for largely in-person classes and activities. As vaccination rates and vaccine availability continue to climb in our region, we will continue making decisions that reflect the most current public health guidance. Learn more