Coronavirus/COVID-19 Facts and Resources

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Last update: 7/22/2021 @ 12:31 p.m.

UW personnel and students: Verify your COVID-19 vaccination status.

All Washington residents age 12 and up are now eligible to be vaccinated at no cost.
Walk-in vaccine clinics are being hosted on campus every Wednesday through AugustMore about vaccines

Latest updates

This autumn, UW Tacoma will safely return to in-person instruction and activities.

Meanwhile, most summer quarter courses are being held online and we are offering more in-person student services and activities as state and local health guidelines permit. We remain committed to providing a high-quality Husky Experience for every student and supporting the UW Tacoma’s vital research and community missions.

  • Face coverings are optional for fully-vaccinated individuals. They are still required indoors for those who are not fully vaccinated.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Individual study spaces are available on campus with a reservation.
  • If you are sick with any illness, you must stay home, even if you’ve been fully vaccinated.

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 still closed, services are available by phone, email or online. See "Accessing campus services remotely" for details.

COVID-19 vaccine

UW Tacoma is hosting vaccine clinics on campus in partnership with MultiCare. These clinics offer both the Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines. You must be 18 or older for the J&J vaccine. Anyone 12-18 getting the Pfizer vaccine must have parental consent. These clinics are free and open to the public; no appointment or insurance card needed.

All clinics are held in William W. Philip Hall.

  • July 7, 14, 21, 28 from 1 - 7 p.m.
  • August 4, 11, 18, 25 from 1 - 7 p.m.

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 12 years of age or older at no cost. Appointments available at UW Medicine and many other providers.

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, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19

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.

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. 

Coming to campus?

If you are coming to campus, remember the  3 Ws: Wear your mask, Wash your hands and Watch your distance.


If you are coming to campus for an in-person class or to study, you must complete the Student Wellness Check-in first. This must be done every time before you come to campus.

Faculty and staff

  • If you are coming back to campus for the first time this academic year: All employees must complete the 20-minute online training video on COVID-19 prevention developed by UW Environmental Health & Safety. After you finish viewing, you and your (Workday) supervisor will receive emails confirming that you have completed the required training.
  • Every day you visit campus: Complete the attestation in Workday to confirm you do not have COVID-19 symptoms.

COVID-19 Testing

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Mobile Testing

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department's mobile testing labs offer free COVID-19 testing for anyone.

Husky Coronavirus Testing

The Husky Coronavirus Testing program is powered by the Seattle Flu Study – the group that was the first to report community spread of COVID-19 in the United States. Enrollment is encouraged for all students, faculty and staff who will be on campus regularly or living in group housing in nearby neighborhoods. Testing is provided at no cost with self-administered tests provided at the Tacoma campus. The COVID-19 testing is performed by the Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine, which runs the Seattle Flu Study.

When do you report?

UW Environmental Health & Safety, in coordination with local and state public health agencies, responds to suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UW community and takes action to prevent further transmission.

The public health response activities include a case interview, risk assessment, providing guidance for self-isolation, notifications to those impacted and contact tracing.

To help you determine when and how to report, view the graphic When Do You Report?

For more details about UW’s reporting requirements, see COVID-19 Case Response.

Statement of values

UW Tacoma follows established public health and safety guidelines intended to reduce the impact and spread of COVID-19 in the broader community while at the same time understanding that individual decisions have collective impact. We strive to ensure maximum feasible access for students, and to recognize student academic work so that any disruption as a result of a UW Tacoma decision does not disadvantage their future academic progress, including admission to their preferred major in the months or years to come.