COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

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To prepare for the full reopening of campus in the fall, Whittier College updated its vaccination policy for all undergraduate and graduate students to include the COVID-19 vaccine.

The COVID-19 vaccine will also be required for all College faculty, staff, and contracted workers.

While currently the vaccines are distributed only under Emergency Use Authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the College anticipates that the FDA will approve at least one of the COVID-19 vaccines prior to the start of the 2021-2022 academic year. 

If you have not begun the vaccination process yet, the time to do so is now. Read more about what it means to be fully vaccinated on the CDC website. Use Vaccines.gov to find a vaccine location near you. Los Angeles County residents can visit the Public Health Department for more information.  

The new vaccine policy was adopted to safeguard the health and wellbeing of employees, students, and their families, as well as visitors to campus and the local community. This policy is intended to comply with all state and local laws. It is based upon guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, public health, and licensing authorities, as applicable.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation. By working together, we can ensure a successful reopening of campus in the fall and a return to a vibrant on-campus environment.

COVID-19 vaccination requirements for students

  • All undergraduates who choose to live on-campus this summer must submit proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 no later than June 1, 2021. Students living in the residence halls this summer who have not yet submitted proof of full vaccination must participate in the COVID-19 testing program. 
  • All undergraduate and returning graduate students enrolled for the 2021-22 Academic Year must submit proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 no later than July 1, 2021.
  • Newly admitted Fall 2021 graduate students must submit proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 no later than August 10, 2021.
  • Any student who is unable to receive an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine authorized under FDA Emergency Use Authorization (for students in the U.S.) or the WHO Emergency Use Listing (for students outside the U.S.) due to a disability or sincerely held religious practice, belief, or observance, may request an exemption to this policy by contacting the Health and Wellness Center.
  • Students who receive an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement must participate in regular COVID-19 testing, remain masked indoors, and complete a remote health screening whenever accessing campus.
  • In addition to the mandatory COVID-19 vaccine, full-time undergraduate students must comply with all Whittier College healthcare requirements including other vaccines.
  • Undergraduate and returning graduate students who have not submitted their proof of vaccination or received approval for exemption will be dropped from Fall classes on August 10, 2021

COVID-19 vaccination requirements for faculty, staff, and contracted workers

  • All staff, faculty, and contracted workers must submit proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 no later than July 1, 2021. 
  • As long as the vaccines are distributed under Emergency Use Authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), employees and contracted workers will have the option to decline vaccination for personal reasons by submitting the Personal Declination Form.
  • Once the FDA approves at least one COVID-19 vaccine, Whittier will require immunization against COVID-19, with fewer exemptions. Employees unable to receive an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine due to a disability or sincerely-held religious practice, belief, or observance, may request an exemption to this policy once enacted. Updated participation requirement details will be announced following FDA approval. 
  • Employees who receive an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement must participate in the COVID-19 testing program, remain masked indoors when distance cannot be maintained, and complete a remote health screening whenever accessing campus.

Residents of California can book a vaccination appointment via the California Department of Public Health's My Turn website.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides vaccine appointment information for all states and counties in the United States.

Minors under the age of 18 require consent from a parent or guardian to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Acceptable proof of full COVID-19 vaccination includes a copy of your vaccination card (which includes the name of the person vaccinated, type of COVID-19 vaccination provided, lot number, clinic site, and date the last dose was administered) or documentation of full vaccination against COVID-19 from a healthcare provider (which includes the name of the person vaccinated and confirms that the person is fully vaccinated against COVID-19).

Domestic Students

Students residing in the United States should submit their documentation to the Student Health and Wellness Center via the health portal. All medical information submitted in the course of the COVID-19 Vaccination Program will be kept in a separate confidential file in the Student Health and Wellness Center.

International Students

Students traveling to Whittier from another country or location where they may not have had an opportunity to be vaccinated prior to their arrival on campus can contact the Student Health and Wellness Center to receive assistance with access to the vaccine.

For individuals who have been vaccinated in another country, Whittier will accept immunization records for all vaccines recognized by local public health officials, in accordance with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Presently this includes vaccines authorized for use by the World Health Organization

International students who received a partial dosage (incomplete series) of a vaccine not offered in the United States, such as AztraZeneca, are advised to re-vaccinate with a U.S.-approved vaccine at least 28 days after receiving the original dosage abroad.

Instructions

Students must upload proof of vaccination to the Student Health Portal.

  1. Go to My.Whittier.edu
  2. Click on Student Health Portal under Quick Links
  3. Click COVID Vaccine Requirement
  4. Upload proof of vaccine
  5. Select the COVID vaccine you received (Modern, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, or a WHO-approved vaccine and input the date(s) received

If you encounter problems uploading your vaccination proof, call the Student Health and Wellness Center at 562.464.4548 for assistance.

Faculty, staff, and contracted workers

Documentation should be submitted to the Human Resources Department. All medical information submitted in the course of the COVID-19 Vaccination Program will be kept in a separate confidential file in Human Resources.

Individuals who receive an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement will be required to undergo regular COVID-19 testing, remain masked indoors, and complete a remote health screening whenever accessing campus.

We understand that there are many questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. The following sites offer some useful information.