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Vaccination Requirements for Fall 2021

Last updated on Aug 26, 2021

All CCA students enrolled in on-campus classes (with the exception of those who receive an approved exemption) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 1, 2021. Students who are not vaccinated and have not received an exemption or made a plan to be vaccinated by September 1 will be removed from all in-person classes.

Faculty and staff who teach or work on site must also confirm they have been vaccinated by September 1.

In addition to the three U.S. approved vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson), vaccines approved by international governments will be accepted. Students who are coming from outside the U.S. are strongly encouraged to get a vaccine approved for use in the U.S. if possible.

Students who live on campus and who arrive in California unvaccinated will be required to quarantine for 7-10 days, and then schedule a vaccination as soon as possible, confirming that their vaccination is completed by September 1.

Although the college has determined that it will require all students, staff, and faculty who will be on campus or hybrid in the fall 2021 semester to be vaccinated against COVID-19, we recognize the need for exemptions in some circumstances. If you are unable or unwilling to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and believe you qualify for an exemption (disability, medical, or religious), please email the following to discuss reasonable accommodations:

In part to comply with recent changes in the San Francisco Public Health Orders, CCA requires proof of vaccination—even if you have previously attested that you are fully vaccinated—or verification of an approved exemption.

If you are a non-residential student, faculty, or staff member, you must visit the public safety desk at 1111 8th Street or at 184 Hooper Street in San Francisco or at Oliver Art Center in Oakland when you next come to campus (any time beginning Monday, August 30) and present one of the following accepted forms of vaccination documentation:

  • A CDC vaccination card, including your name, vaccine type, and date of your last dose;
  • A foreign equivalent of a CDC vaccination card;
  • A physical or electronic photo or copy of a vaccination card;
  • Documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provider; or
  • A personal digital COVID-19 vaccine record issued by the State of California through the myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov website, or similar documentation issued by another state, local, or foreign government, or approved private company.

Residential students will be verified during move-in.

If you have an approved exemption, you will receive a personal email from the Dean of Students or Human Resources. Once your vaccination or exemption status is verified, you will receive a sticker on your CCA ID. It is important to visibly wear your CCA ID, and to have it with you at all times when on campus. 

To update your vaccination status, please log into Workday and follow these instructions. Entering your vaccination status as soon as possible will help inform updates to existing on-campus policies and protocols, while continuing to ensure that we keep our community safe and healthy.


FAQs

Am I required to get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes. Our goal is to have as many members of the CCA community vaccinated as possible, which will allow us to safely resume on-campus instruction and activities, and will help reduce the risk of infection on campus and in the local community. All students, faculty, and staff who will be on campus in the fall 2021 semester are required to confirm they are fully vaccinated or confirm that they have requested and have been approved for an exemption by the September 1 deadline. 

Students with extenuating circumstances who can not confirm that they will be fully vaccinated by September 1 should contact the Dean of Students office at deanofstudents@cca.edu to discuss their plans to be fully vaccinated. 

What does "fully vaccinated" mean? 

According to the CDC, fully vaccinated generally means it has been 2 weeks since a second dose in a 2-dose series (such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines), or it has been 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine (such as Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine).

I’ve already had COVID-19. Do I still need to get vaccinated?

Yes. The CDC recommends everyone receive a vaccination, including those who have had COVID-19 previously.

I've already updated my vaccination status in Workday. Do I also have to show documentation and get my status verified?

Yes. Even if you have updated your status in Workday, we need to see the documents that verify your vaccination status. Please visit the public safety desks for a verification sticker. If you have an approved exemption from the vaccination policy, the Dean of Students or Human Resources will email you directly with instructions for how to receive your sticker.

Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine? What if I can’t easily get access to a vaccine where I live?

Everyone in California age 16 and up is eligible for a vaccine. Visit myturn.ca.gov to see available vaccination appointments in California, or to receive notifications as appointments become available. You may also use the CDC’s VaccineFinder tool to find other U.S. vaccination locations near you.

For those who cannot be vaccinated where they are now, San Francisco and the Bay Area have well-coordinated vaccine programs, and CCA will assist students with getting a vaccine upon arrival.

Does it matter which vaccine I receive?

No, it does not matter which vaccine you receive. We strongly encourage you to seek COVID-19 vaccines that are nationally approved wherever you are. In addition to the three U.S. approved vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson), vaccines approved by international governments will be accepted. 

What kind of documents can I use to verify my vaccine status?

Any of the following documents can be used to verify your vaccine status:

  • A CDC vaccination card, including your name, vaccine type, and date of your last dose;
  • A foreign equivalent of a CDC vaccination card;
  • A physical or electronic photo or copy of a vaccination card;
  • Documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provider; or
  • A personal digital COVID-19 vaccine record issued by the State of California through the myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov website, or similar documentation issued by another state, local, or foreign government, or approved private company.

Where do I go to verify my vaccine or exemption status, and pick up my ID sticker?

If you are a non-residential student, faculty, or staff member, you must visit the public safety desk at 1111 8th Street or at 184 Hooper Street in San Francisco or at Oliver Art Center in Oakland. Residential students will be verified during move-in.

Once I’m vaccinated, do things go back to normal?

Not quite yet, but vaccination is a huge step in that direction. For the foreseeable future, everyone—including those who are vaccinated—must continue to follow local health department guidelines, which currently include wearing a face covering in public and adhering to social distancing. We are committed to following the guidance and directives provided by the State of California and the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

Where can I find more information for students who live on-campus?

The Office of Housing, Dining, and Residential Education has put together a list of frequently asked questions specifically for students who live on-campus. You can find those FAQs here.

Are there exemptions to this policy?

Although we have determined that all students, faculty, and staff who will be on campus in the fall 2021 semester must be vaccinated, we recognize the need for exemptions in some circumstances. If you are unable or unwilling to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and believe you qualify for an exemption (disability, medical, or religious), please email the following to discuss reasonable accommodations: