Vaccine Requirements for Fall 2021
Beginning Oct. 15, 2021, all students, faculty, staff, contractors, vendors and volunteers must be fully vaccinated to enter our facilities, unless they have been approved for a valid exemption. Employees, students, and volunteers with an approved exemption will be subject to regular on-site COVID-19 testing, as outlined by the City of Philadelphia mandate. This means that you must receive your second or final (depending on whether you have received the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine) dose by Oct. 1, 2021, to allow the two weeks needed for the vaccine to be fully effective.
Students, faculty, staff, contractors, vendors and volunteers without a valid exemption or who are not fully vaccinated by Oct. 15 will not be permitted on campus, and will be subject to other consequences as set forth in the College’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination and testing policy.
All students, staff and faculty will need to upload their vaccination card to our secure site. Anyone seeking a medical or religious exemption should see if they qualify by filling out the appropriate form (either Student or Employee) linked here. Students should send their Student Vaccine Exemption Forms to firstname.lastname@example.org. Employees should send their Employee Vaccine Exemption Forms to email@example.com. Students can also fill out this form to submit any general questions they may have.
Anyone who visits campus must swipe their ID card at a Security desk. If a person's proof of vaccination is found in the database, the individual may enter campus.
Testing Requirements for Unvaccinated Individuals: Sept. 1-Oct. 15
As of Sept. 1, 2021, anyone who comes to campus who has not uploaded their vaccination cards will be subject to on-site COVID testing. A negative test will be required for those individuals to enter our facilities, and anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will immediately be asked to leave. Students, faculty or staff with a valid medical or religious exemption will be subject to twice-weekly COVID testing in order to access campus facilities.
Anyone who visits campus must swipe their ID card at a Security desk. If a person's proof of vaccination is not found, the individual would need to undergo on-site COVID-19 testing by making an appointment, presenting the unique QR code provided to them and getting tested.
Testing for COVID-19 will take place in Room 110 at the Northeast Regional Center and Room 116 at the Northwest Regional Center. The Main Campus testing site will be located in the Winnet Coffeehouse. Anyone not fully vaccinated will need to be tested. If you need to be tested, you should register before the first time you visit campus. The first time you visit campus, you will need to register here. You will then head to the MyCCP portal to schedule your test. Please note: You only need to register the first time you visit campus. For all subsequent visits, you simply need to schedule your test through MyCCP.
You will be able to wait for results in a tented area in the courtyard outside of the Coffeehouse. Please allow 15 to 20 minutes to receive your results.
If you test negative, you will receive a text notification with your result, and the database would be updated in real-time so you can enter campus. You would have access to campus for a three-day period. If you test positive, you will still receive a text notification with your result and the database will be updated in real-time, but you will need to leave campus.
Testing will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at Main Campus and the Regional Centers.
If you are in classes after 5 p.m. or on Saturdays and are not fully vaccinated, you will need to schedule COVID-19 testing at Vybe Urgent Care at 1500 Spring Garden St., or any other Vybe location, prior to your classes. The College asks that you use the 1500 Spring Garden St. location whenever possible. Appointments can be scheduled on Vybe’s website. Appointment slots are opened two weeks in advance.
You will then need to bring a copy of your negative test results and a photo ID to Public Safety so you can gain access to campus. In order to ensure you will not be billed for the off-campus testing, you should obtain an Authorization Form from Public Safety at the College’s entrances prior to your test. You will need to fill out the form and bring it to Vybe during your appointment. Please note: You will have to bring this form to Vybe each time you visit for testing. Please allow enough time to be tested before your class begins.
You can find slides that provide a visual representation of the College's vaccination card verification and contact tracing process here.
Full- and part-time students who become fully vaccinated between Aug. 19, 2021 and Oct. 1, 2021, and who upload their vaccination cards to the College’s secure site, are eligible to receive a $250 Bookstore credit. Vouchers will be issued 10 days following the start of the 15-week/10-week semesters, and can be used in-person or online.
There is no restriction on what the voucher can be used on in the Bookstore, and the voucher does not carry cash value (i.e., students will not receive a refund check for unused funds). The voucher must be used at the Bookstore prior to the end of the Spring 2022 semester.
If seeking a medical exemption, you must submit a signed statement from your licensed healthcare provider which explains why the COVID-19 vaccine is medically contraindicated or detrimental to your health and the time period for the exemption. The health care provider submitting the statement must be licensed and may not be related to you.
Where to get a Vaccine
Any individual interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine can find a vaccination site near them by visiting the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s (PDPH) vaccine resource page or www.vaccines.gov.
Vaccine Safety and Efficacy
Information regarding the various COVID-19 vaccines, including their safety and efficacy, is available from various agencies and public health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PDOH) and PDPH. You may also wish to speak with your doctor about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Visitors will be accepted subject to the COVID screening and other safety protocols for all entrants into campus buildings. To the extent possible, Public Safety should be notified in advance when visitors are expected via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outside vendors who are providing services or goods (i.e., maintenance, construction, delivery of goods, etc.) to the College will be permitted to use College facilities in compliance with the COVID safety protocols such as testing. Requests for vendor access should be submitted to Public Safety in advance at email@example.com.
- Welcome Center
The Welcome Center will be open for safe, physically distanced meetings by appointment. Presentations will be conducted for groups in numbers not to exceed safe capacity. Cleanings will be conducted between all group meetings.