Vaccine Requirements for Fall 2021
The City of Philadelphia has updated its vaccine mandate, which now states that all higher education faculty, staff and students must have their first shot of an approved COVID-19 vaccine by Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, and their second shot (if Pfizer or Moderna) by Nov. 15, 2021. Individuals will be subject to regular testing until they are fully vaccinated (two weeks after their final shot), including those with approved exemptions. Anyone who has not submitted proof of their first shot (for Pfizer and Moderna) by Oct. 15, 2021, or does not have an approved exemption, will not be permitted on campus.
Students, faculty, staff, contractors, vendors and volunteers should consult the College's mandatory COVID-19 vaccination and testing policy for more information
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 email@example.com. Employees should send their Employee Vaccine Exemption Forms to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Spring 2022
New and current students need to be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption before they can register for any in-person or hybrid classes for spring 2022. In order to be fully vaccinated, students will need to have had both shots of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, by Jan. 4, 2022. Exemption applications are due by Jan. 4, 2022. Students who are not fully vaccinated or do not have an approved exemption will only be able to register for fully online courses.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.