Student COVID-19 Vaccine Policy FAQ
Will Caldwell require the COVID-19 vaccination for students?
Yes, Caldwell will require all students to be fully vaccinated before arriving on campus for the Fall 2021 semester. Fully vaccinated means that two weeks have passed since the second dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna) or two weeks have passed since the J&J vaccine.
What is the deadline for students to submit proof of vaccination?
All students, both full-time and part-time, must be fully vaccinated and upload their documentation to the Health Services portal as soon as possible. Students who still have not uploaded a vaccine record showing at least their first shot, or received an approved exemption by the end of the add/drop period on September 8th, will be dropped from their Fall 2021 classes. Exemptions will be allowed only for religious or medical reasons, or for students enrolled in fully online programs.
What is required for proof of full vaccination?
- A completed CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card; or
- Internationally administered vaccines must submit documentation of the dates and the specific name of the COVID-19 vaccine signed by a licensed healthcare provider.
What happens if I don’t submit my vaccination card before classes start?
Students who still have not uploaded a vaccine record showing at least their first shot, or received an approved exemption by the end of the add/drop period on September 8th, will be dropped from their Fall 2021 classes. Exemptions will be allowed only for religious or medical reasons, or for students enrolled in fully online programs.
How can I submit my vaccination records?
Students should upload a copy of an approved vaccination record to the Health Services Portal which is located in Cougar apps. or can be accessed through the direct link: https://Caldwell.medicatconnect.com
I have a question, whom should I call?
All questions about the vaccine requirement at Caldwell can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org which will be answered by a Caldwell University Health Services staff member.
Will there be exemptions allowed to the vaccine requirements?
Yes, students will be able to apply for religious or medical exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccine requirement using the same procedure that exists for other immunization requirements.
- If you are requesting consideration of a medical exemption, please contact Health Services to obtain the document that must be completed and signed by your physician. Students may be exempted from the COVID-19 immunization record requirement if they have a medical contraindication for COVID-19 immunization and if failure to receive this immunization does not prevent the fulfillment of the essential functions and/or curricular requirements of the academic program. Conditions comprising valid medical contraindications to vaccine administration are those set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Such students must upload the medical exemption form which must be signed by their healthcare provider licensed to practice medicine in the United States or a foreign country stating that a specific immunization is medically contraindicated, and giving the reasons for and duration of this contraindication. This written healthcare provider’s statements shall become part of the student’s immunization record and shall be reviewed periodically by a health professional from Health Services. When a medical contraindication no longer exists, the student must then comply with the immunization record requirement of the COVID-19 vaccination policy.
- If you are requesting an accommodation to COVID 19 mandate based on a qualifying disability or condition, please contact Health Services. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to those students whose qualifying disability or condition requires individualized accommodations as long as the failure to be immunized will not prevent the student from fulfilling the essential functions and/or curricular requirements of the academic program.
- If you are requesting consideration of a religious exemption, you must submit for review a written signed statement explaining how immunization with COVID-19 vaccination conflicts with your bona fide religious beliefs or practices and if failure to receive this vaccine does not prevent the fulfillment of the essential functions and/or curricular requirements of the academic program. A general philosophical or moral objection to immunization shall not suffice as the basis for exemption on religious grounds. The student shall be required to acknowledge in writing that the student was informed of the value of immunization and has knowingly declined to have COVID-19 immunization for religious reasons.
What are the requirements for students who will not be fully vaccinated?
Caldwell University will require face masks while indoors and weekly COVID-19 testing for any individuals who are not yet fully vaccinated or have received an exemption. There are also members of the campus community who feel more comfortable wearing their masks even though they are fully vaccinated. We ask that you respect their choice to do so. Please be mindful that requirements are subject to change based on guidance from the CDC or the State of New Jersey. As a reminder, if at any time you test positive for COVID-19, you are to contact Health Services directly at 973-618-3319 or email@example.com. You will then be expected to cooperate with the University contact tracing process.
Are Caldwell faculty and staff required to get vaccinated as well?
Yes. Caldwell University has also implemented a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all employees. Questions about this policy should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the Catholic church’s view on the Covid-19 vaccines?
Caldwell University’s Catholic and Dominican heritage leads us to always desire to love our neighbor and promote the common good. Regarding the use of the COVID-19 vaccines approved for emergency use in the United States, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Pope Francis have all agreed that “being vaccinated safely against COVID-19 should be considered an act of love of our neighbor and part of our moral responsibility for the common good.” We have a moral obligation to protect our own life and the lives of others, says Pope Francis. The higher moral necessity is to protect the common good and all do our part in that by getting vaccinated.
USCCB Letter on COVID-19 Vaccinations: https://www.usccb.org/moral-considerations-covid-vaccines
If I am enrolled in a fully online program but want to participate in student activities, athletics, academic clubs/organizations, and other on-campus activities, will I need to show proof of vaccination?
Any student who plans to be on Caldwell’s campus for the Fall 2021 semester in any physical capacity must meet the vaccine requirement.
I had COVID-19, do I still need to be vaccinated?
Yes, as long as you have been released from isolation, are no longer symptomatic, and have been medically cleared by a doctor after having COVID-19, you are able to get vaccinated. You do not have to wait until 90 days after your diagnosis. As long as you are not actively sick, you are able to get the vaccine.
Does it matter what vaccine I receive?
To date, the FDA has authorized three vaccines for emergency use in the United States: The Pfizer-BioNTech and the Moderna are two-dose series, and the Johnson & Johnson (J&J)/Janssen vaccine which is a single-dose vaccine. These vaccines also have been recommended for use by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
What if I cannot afford the vaccine?
The federal government is covering the cost of the vaccine so there is no cost to you.
Will I be able to register for Fall ’21 courses before completing the vaccination process?
Yes. Registration is currently open for students. However, students should note that if they enroll in any course that has an on-campus and/or in-person component, they are required to submit the proof of full vaccination as stated above.
How can Caldwell require students to be vaccinated, when the FDA has approved the vaccines for emergency use only?
Caldwell joins a number of public and private New Jersey colleges that are requiring the vaccine. The decision has been reviewed thoroughly by the Cabinet and legal counsel and has been advanced by the American College Health Association which includes more than 700 institutions nationwide.
Will receiving the vaccine make me safer from COVID-19?
According to the CDC, the available vaccines are all safe and effective, and studies have shown they prevent severe illness and death from COVID-19. See https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html for information.
What does this requirement mean to campus life for Fall 2021?
- This requirement will help the University return to a more populated and active life on our campus.
- Classes will be held in person.
- The residence halls will reopen with multiple occupancies (doubles, suites, apartments) in addition to singles. We will continue to reserve space in the residence hall for isolation/quarantine accommodations, as needed.
- Dining options will expand in alignment with social distancing rules and other protocols for indoor dining.
- We look forward to the robust re-emergence of all varsity athletics, recreation and intramural options, most student club and organization activities, and student activities and programming consistent with state guidance.
With students being vaccinated, can a resident student have roommates?
Yes. The Office of Residence Life is planning to offer double-occupancy rooms and students will be able to have roommates.
What if I am an international student and have not been vaccinated before arrival in the U.S., will I still be able to check into housing?
Yes, however, you will need to submit a negative PCR or molecular test and start the vaccination process on your arrival in order to remain in campus housing.
What if I am an international student and have received a vaccine not approved by the FDA of the United States, will I need to be re-vaccinated?
There are several COVID-19 vaccines that have received emergency approval from the World Health Organization. The CDC has indicated that any individual that has completed the vaccine series of the WHO emergency approved vaccines are considered fully vaccinated and would not need to be re-vaccinated by an FDA approved vaccine. However, if an international student were only partially vaccinated or is vaccinated with a vaccine that is not yet FDA or WHO emergency approved, they would need to start a new vaccine series upon arrival to the U.S.
If I am an international student, will you accept vaccination proof from outside of the U.S.?
This documentation must be provided by your medical provider and translated into English.