Whittier College will continue online instruction through the beginning of spring semester. In-person instruction will resume on February 21.
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As of December 2021, the College is now requiring the COVID-19 booster shot for the Spring semester. Individuals should get their boosters as soon as they are eligible. Students, faculty, and staff should submit proof of their booster vaccination by Friday, January 14, if eligible.
Students may upload proof to the healthy portal on MyWhittier and employees can email proof to Human Resources.
Acceptable proof of full COVID-19 vaccination includes a scanned copy or photo 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).
The 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.
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.
Newly admitted students are required to upload proof of COVID-19 vaccination to the student health portal by the following dates.
International Students: Tuesday, January 11
Undergraduate Students: Friday, January 14
Graduate Students: Thursday, January 20
Any student who is unable or unwilling to receive an FDA-approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccine (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 by the dates above.
Students who request an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement must participate in regular COVID-19 testing while their application is under review.
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 not be permitted to participate in classes or extracurricular activities or athletics.
All newly hired staff, faculty, and contracted workers must submit proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 as instructed by Human Resources.
Employees and contracted workers unable or unwilling to receive an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine due to a disability or sincerely-held religious practice, belief, or observance, may request an exemption by contacting Human Resources.
Employees and contracted workers who receive an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement must participate in regular COVID-19 testing. Failure to comply may result in disciplinary action.
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.
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 via email 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.