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. A recent survey of College employees shows that 85% of respondents have already received at least one vaccine dose and 78% of respondents were in favor of the policy change. By working together we can ensure a successful reopening of campus in the fall and a return to a vibrant on-campus environment.
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).
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.
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.
Students must upload proof of vaccination to the Student Health Portal.
If you encounter problems uploading your vaccination proof, call the Student Health and Wellness Center at 562.464.4548 for assistance.
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.