COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

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The COVID-19 vaccine is required of all Whittier College students, faculty, staff, and contracted workers.

Vaccination against COVID-19 is essential to the health and safety of our campus community. Whittier College requires COVID-19 vaccination and at least one booster dose of all students, employees, and contracted workers. We also strongly encourage individuals eligible for additional boosters to seek them. 

New incoming students must upload proof to the Student Health Portal on MyWhittier. Please see below for deadlines and details on how to upload.

New employees and employees completing booster doses must 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.

Whittier College accepts any vaccine approved or authorized for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO).

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.  

COVID-19 vaccination requirements for students

Fall 2022 Deadlines for COVID-19 Vaccine Verification

Newly admitted students are required to upload proof of COVID-19 vaccination to the student health portal by the following dates. 

Undergraduate Students: Friday, July 15
Graduate Students: Thursday, August 11

Exemption Requests: 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 in advance of the dates above to receive an exemption application.

In addition to the mandatory COVID-19 vaccine and booster, full-time undergraduate students must comply with all Whittier College healthcare requirements including other vaccines.

COVID-19 vaccination requirements for faculty, staff, and contracted workers

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.

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).

Domestic Students

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.

International Students

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 AstraZeneca, are advised to re-vaccinate with a U.S.-approved vaccine at least 28 days after receiving the original dosage abroad.

Instructions

Students must upload proof of vaccination to the Student Health Portal.

  1. Go to My.Whittier.edu
  2. Click on Student Health Portal under Quick Links
  3. Click COVID Vaccine Requirement
  4. Upload proof of vaccine
  5. Select the COVID vaccine you received (Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, or a WHO-approved vaccine and input the date(s) received

If you encounter problems uploading your vaccination proof, call the Student Health and Wellness Center at 562.464.4548 for assistance.

Faculty, staff, and contracted workers

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.

We understand that there are many questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. The following sites offer some useful information.