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Frequently Asked Questions

Vaccination and Booster Policy

  • What is Willamette's COVID vaccination and booster policy?

    Willamette is requiring all eligible students, faculty, staff, and affiliates to be fully vaccinated which now includes receiving a booster by February 1, 2022. This applies to all students attending Willamette, including full-time and part-time students, undergraduates and graduate students, domestic and international, and residential and non-residential students and those in both degree and non-degree granting programs.

    Bishop Wellness Center will work with students who may have received a booster not approved for use in the United States to assure compliance with this policy, as necessary. 

    International or other students abroad who have received a booster not approved for use in the United States should contact Bishop Wellness and the Office for International Education for consultation before taking any action to attempt to comply with this policy.

    The COVID-19 vaccine boosters currently available in the United States are highly effective at preventing COVID-19, as well as at preventing serious illness even in those who do get COVID-19.

    Per Northwest Conference rules, student athletes must receive and show proof of their booster as soon as they are eligible to participate in university athletics.

  • Why have you adopted your COVID policies?

    The COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States are highly effective at preventing COVID-19, as well as at preventing serious illness even in those who do get COVID-19. The combination of getting vaccinated and following the CDC’s mitigation guidelines are the best protection from COVID-19 available to us, and will allow Willamette University to return as much as possible to the pre-pandemic, in-person instruction and activities that are the hallmark of a Willamette education. Requiring the vaccine is also aligned with the recommendation of the American College Health Association.

  • What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?
    The CDC recently updated it's guidance to say anyone testing positive, regardless of vaccination status needs to isolate for 5 days, even if they don't have symptoms. People positive for COVID can generally end their isolation after 5 days from symptom onset or positive test if asymptomatic, so long as symptoms are improving and they wear a mask at all times for at least 5 days more.
  • When should I quarantine?
    CDC guidance states that people identified as close contacts who are up to date with their vaccinations and remain symptom free do not generally need to quarantine. People up to date with their vaccines can generally continue to attend classes and work. However, people who are not up to date with their vaccinations are at higher risk and need to quarantine for 5 days.  Anyone meeting the definition of close contact, vaccinated or not, should be tested 5 days after exposure.
  • If I've had COVID, will I be required to get a booster?

    This requirement applies equally to those who have already had COVID-19. Willamette is not providing exemptions due to antibody presence from previous COVID infection.  Here is the CDC guidance on when you can be vaccinated after testing positive for COVID.  If you have any additional questions about when to get the booster given your unique circumstances, please consult with your medical provider.

  • Where can I get a booster?

    Both the Oregon Vaccine Finder and the federal Vaccines.gov page show a number of locations proximate to campus that have the boosters available. You can further filter the results to your specific location.

  • How do I submit proof of my booster?

    Employees should upload a copy of their vaccination card and provide the maker(s) of the vaccine and booster they received and the dates of their vaccination and booster through Workday. Employees should record the time spent receiving the vaccine or booster during work hours as work time and should notify their supervisors.

    Students should upload a copy of their vaccination card, and provide the maker and dates they received the vaccine(s) and booster through the secure portal at Bishop Wellness Center.

    Step One: Record Your Booster Dose Date

    • Login to the Patient Portal at https://willamette.medicatconnect.com/
    • Click on "Immunizations" at the top of the screen.
    • Click on "Enter Dates" and follow the directions to enter the dates of your COVID booster vaccine.
    • Once you enter your dates, hit "Submit." 

    Step Two: Upload an Image of Your COVID Vaccination Card

    • From the Menu Bar at the top of the Home Page in the Portal, select "Upload."
    • Select "COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card" as the document you are uploading.
    • Click "Select File" to browse for the file on your computer. Highlight the file and select "Open."
    • Click the "Upload" box. PLEASE NOTE:
      • Make sure your name and date of birth are on the document.
      • Only images (.gif, .png, .tiff, .tif, .jpg, .jpeg) and documents (.txt, .pdf) are allowed.
      • File size must be smaller than 4MB.

    If you have any questions or experience any technical difficulties, please contact Bishop Wellness Center at (503) 370-6062, or health-info@willamette.edu.

  • Can I request an exemption from the COVID booster?

    Students and employees may request an exemption from the vaccination and booster requirement for medical or religious reasons per the following process:

    Students and employees who are not able to be vaccinated for a medical reason may seek a medical exemption. The process to request a medical exemption will require the student or employee to provide supporting documentation from a health care provider.

    Students and employees may seek a religious exemption here, and will be required to provide sufficient information to support the request.

    Students and employees who have already been approved for a medical or religious exemption do not have to reapply to be exempt from the booster requirement.

    Exemption requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

    Students or employees who have not received the booster and have not received an exemption may be subject to registration holds, disciplinary actions, or other requirements or restrictions to support community health.

  • What should I do if I'm not yet eligible to receive a booster shot?

    Students and staff who are not yet eligible to receive a booster shot are required to schedule a booster appointment and submit documentation of their booster as soon as they are eligible to do so.  Students who are not eligible for a booster by 2/1/22 should contact Bishop Wellness Center at (503)370-6062, or health-info@willamette.edu.

  • What happens if I don't get vaccinated/boosted or establish an exemption by any deadlines from the university?

    Staff and faculty who have neither been fully vaccinated nor received an exemption by the time they plan to arrive on campus may not be allowed to return to work or have other requirements or restrictions to support community health. Students will not be able to register for classes, select housing, apply for leadership positions, etc. until they have met the requirements for full vaccination.

  • Can I get vaccinated on campus?

    Willamette is unable to provide vaccinations and boosters on campus. Boosters are now widely available in both Salem and Portland. Both the Oregon Vaccine Finder and the federal Vaccines.gov page show a number of locations proximate to campus that have the boosters available. You can further filter the results to your specific location if helpful.

     

  • Can I get tested on campus?

    Bishop Wellness Center continues to offer COVID testing to students sick with symptoms of COVID and to those identified as a close contact by a university or public health official.  We continue to follow the current testing guidance from the Oregon Health Authority and local public health departments.

    Employees are not able to get tested on campus.  However, there are also a number of places proximate to Willamette’s campuses that have tests. The Oregon Health Authority maintains a list of free testing sites across the state.  You may also access the most updated information by using OHA's COVID Testing Site Finder.  Simply enter an address or location, and a number of options will populate.  

    The federal government is now offering free at home testing kits to every residential address.  You can order your free testing kits at https://www.covidtests.gov/. Anyone living in an apartment or residence hall should enter their Apartment or Box # in the “Apt/Suite/Other” field on the form.  Additionally, for those who are insured, your health insurance company will reimburse you for eight (8) at-home tests per month for each person on your plan. You can learn more about insurance reimbursement here.

  • Should I continue to wear my mask around others?

    The Oregon Health Authority announced that it will lift state-wide indoor mask requirements on March 12, 2022. The CDC also updated its guidance on February 25th to reflect that masks are no longer required in over 70 percent of the counties in the United States, including Marion and Multnomah Counties.

    Willamette University will align our policies with state and federal guidance as we have done throughout the pandemic and lift our indoor mask policy (including in classrooms) on March 12.

    People will still choose to continue to wear masks for a variety of reasons, and as a community, we need to support individuals’ personal decisions to wear a mask, despite the changes in public health guidance that no longer require it. We encourage those who are immunocompromised or with underlying health conditions to follow health guidance that recommends they continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others, preferably a KN95 or N95. Masks will still be required in Bishop Wellness Center per state guidelines for healthcare settings.

Willamette University

COVID-19 Task Force

Phone
503-370-6584