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COVID-19 Vaccinations Now Mandatory for All Students by Sept. 27

Students must submit proof they have completed a full vaccine series (meaning that the student has received at least one dose of a single dose vaccine series or at least a second dose of a two-dose series) by September 27. This period does not include the two-week window after completion of the series needed for immunity. Upon expiration of this grace period, any student who has not shown that they have completed a full vaccine series or been granted an exemption will be unenrolled.

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, a new coronavirus discovered in 2019. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. Some people who are infected may not have symptoms. For people who have symptoms, illness can range from mild to severe. Adults 65 years and older and people of any age with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness.

Key Facts

  • The virus that causes COVID-19 can spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
  • Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after someone is exposed to the virus and can include fever, chills, and cough.
  • Some people who are infected may not have symptoms, which is why everyone should take everyday preventive actions.
  • Anyone can have severe illness from COVID-19, especially older adults and people of any age with underlying conditions.
  • If you test positive or negative for any COVID-19 test, you should still take steps to protect yourself and others.

COVID-19 Vaccines

What You Need to Know

  • COVID-19 vaccines are effective at helping protect against severe disease and death from variants of the virus that cause COVID-19 currently circulating (including the Delta variant).
  • If you are fully vaccinated you can resume many activities that you did before the pandemic, but you should wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission to maximize protection from the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others.

How do I Know if I am Fully Vaccinated?

In general, people are considered fully vaccinated if they meet one of the following:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a two dose series (such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines)
    OR
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects

You may have side effects after vaccination. These are normal and should go away in a few days. Side effects are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Some people have no side effects.

Serious side effects that could cause a long-term health problem are extremely unlikely following any vaccination, including COVID-19 vaccination. Vaccine monitoring has historically shown that side effects generally happen within six weeks of receiving a vaccine dose. For this reason, the FDA required each of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines to be studied for at least eight weeks after the final dose.

Common Side Effects

On the arm where you got the shot:

  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling

Throughout the rest of your body:

  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Nausea

Where Can I Get a COVID-19 Vaccine?

The federal government is providing the vaccine free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status. There are several ways you can look for vaccination providers near you in the United States.


Protecting Yourself & Others from COVID-19

Get Vaccinated

What happens if I don’t get vaccinated for COVID-19?

Students must submit proof they have completed a full vaccine series (meaning that the student has received at least one dose of a single dose vaccine series or at least a second dose of a two-dose series) by September 27. This period does not include the two-week window after completion of the series needed for immunity.

Upon expiration of this grace period, any student who has not shown that they have completed a full vaccine series or been granted an exemption will be unenrolled and will no longer have access to any in-person campus activities or services. 

Wear a Mask

Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas of a conveyance (like on open deck areas of a ferry or the uncovered top deck of a bus).

Stay 6 Feet Apart from Others

Inside your home
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
Outside your home

Avoid Crowds & Poorly Ventilated Spaces

  • Being in crowds (restaurants, bars, fitness centers, movie theaters, etc.) puts you at higher risk for COVID-19.
  • Avoid indoor spaces that do not offer fresh air from the outdoors.
  • If indoors, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors when possible.

Frequently Wash Your Hands

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

It’s especially important to wash:

  • Before eating or preparing food
  • Before touching your face
  • After using the restroom
  • After leaving a public place
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After handling your mask
  • After changing a diaper
  • After caring for someone sick
  • After touching animals or pets

If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Cover Coughs & Sneezes

When Wearing a Mask

You can cough or sneeze into your mask. Put on a new, clean mask as soon as possible and wash your hands.

When not wearing a mask
  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.

Clean & Disinfect

  • Clean high touch surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
    • If surfaces are dirty, clean them using detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • If someone is sick or has tested positive for COVID-19, disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Use a household disinfectant product from EPA’s List N: Disinfectants for Coronavirus (COVID-19) according to manufacturer’s labeled directions.

Monitor Your Health Daily

Be alert for symptoms

Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19. This is especially important if you are running essential errands, going into the office or workplace, and in settings where it may be difficult to keep a physical distance of 6 feet.

Take your temperature if symptoms develop

Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.

Make sure to follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop

Last Updated 8/24/21