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Vaccine Requirements

Chatham will require COVID-19 vaccinations for all students participating in face-to-face classes or campus activities and for all faculty and staff for the 2021-2022 academic year. Read on for what you need to know or visit our Frequently Asked Questions section below.   

Vaccine Requirement for 21-22 Year

COVID-19 is a novel, highly contagious respiratory illness that can cause a range of symptoms, from mild to severe, including death for high-risk individuals. To combat this virus, a number of COVID-19 vaccines have shown, through clinical trials and additional studies on current real-world usage, to be safe and highly effective at reducing illness and the spread of the virus.   

Based on the success of the vaccines and to protect our community from COVID-19, Chatham University will require COVID-19 vaccinations for all students participating in face-to-face classes or campus activities and for all faculty and staff for the 2021-2022 academic year.  

Chatham will allow students and employees with a valid medical, religious or other reason consistent under federal and state law, to apply for an exemption. Anyone not vaccinated will be subject to additional health and safety protocols during the year. 

Chatham currently requires enrolled students to be immunized for hepatitis B, meningitis, measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, tetanus, hepatitis A and polio.


Protocols for Those Not Vaccinated

For any student or employee who does not receive the COVID-19 vaccine, they will be required to acknowledge and comply with the following protocols:

  • Participate in COVID-19 entry testing before each term
  • Participate in regular University-directed sample testing and testing if determined to be a close contact or have suspected exposure to COVID-19
  • Quarantine for 10-days on campus (if resident) or off-campus location (i.e., at home) if positive for COVID-19 or identified as a close contact
  • Possibly be limited or excluded from some educational, cocurricular or work functions (e.g., internships, clinicals, athletic participation) if vaccines are mandated for participation
  • Possible additional masking requirements as determined by Chatham, state, county and/or federal guidelines
  • If a COVID-19 outbreak occurs on campus, non-vaccinated individuals may be asked to leave campus and stay home for an indefinite period of time 

These may be subject to change based on updated federal, state and local guidance throughout the academic year.  


Submission of Vaccine Records

Students must upload proof of COVID vaccination to Med Proctor and employees will upload proof through an online form.

Students who upload their records by July 1st will be eligible for a gift of 25 Cougar Dollars, and employees who upload their records by August 1st will receive 200 Take A Healthy Step Points. 

All vaccination records must be received by August 1, 2021 for the fall term. Failure to submit vaccine records by the deadline may impact your ability to move to campus and start classes. 

Students must submit their vaccine records through this link to Med Proctor

View FAQ on uploading vaccine records and waivers. 

Employees must submit their vaccine records through an online form (available in June) 


Submission of a Vaccine Waiver

Chatham will allow students and employees with a valid medical, religious or other reason consistent under federal and state law, to apply for an exemption. Anyone not vaccinated will be subject to additional health and safety protocols outlined above during the year. 

All waiver requests must be received by August 1, 2021 for the fall term. Failure to submit a waiver by the deadline may impact your ability to move to campus and start classes. 

Students must download, complete and submit their waiver request through this link to Med Proctor

Employees must download, complete and submit their waiver request through an online form (available in June) 


Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of FAQs about the COVID-19 vaccine requirements for Fall 2021 and beyond. If you do not see an answer to your question below, please feel free to submit your question using the COVID-19 Questions and Feedback Form and we will add it here.  Chances are, someone else is wondering about that subject, too! 

Uploading your Vaccine Records or Waiver

All vaccine records or vaccine waivers must be received by August 1, 2021. If you upload by July 1, 2021, you will receive 25 Cougar Dollars loaded on your student ID.
Failure to upload vaccination status or waiver form may impact your ability to move to campus and participate in classes.

Vaccine records should be uploaded through Med+Proctor. Please follow the following steps:

  1. Visit www.medproctor.com to access your account.
  2. Register for an account (if a new user) or login (if previous user) with your Chatham email.
  3. Once logged in, select from one of the four requirement groups to which you belong. Submit all required documentation as assigned in this grid. 

Requirement Group

Immunizations

First Year & Transfer students

MMR, hep B, meningitis, COVID status

Continuing Students (Sophomore, Junior, Senior)

COVID status
*should already have MMR, hep B, meningitis – upload if not

Graduate Students (non-campus residents)

COVID status

Graduate Students (campus residents)

MMR, hep B, meningitis, COVID status

No, just update your Med+Proctor account to include your COVID vaccination status. This will be the same account where you submitted immunization records when you started your first year or transferred to Chatham.

You will find the “Exemption Request Form” in Med+Proctor under “Download Documents”. Complete this form and upload it in the same location in Med+Proctor.  

If you have any questions or need further assistance with this process, you can contact student help (medproctor.com) or use the live chat feature on Med+Proctor.

Vaccine Timing

All community members should receive their final dose of the vaccine no later than July 31 and upload proof by August 1. Chatham strongly encourages students to upload as soon as possible and will offer 25 Cougar Dollars to all students who upload by July 1, 2021. 
Chatham will offer a series of small, mobile clinics in partnership with UPMC throughout the summer as long as there is demand. Community members can also visit our vaccination page to learn more about local opportunities. 

If I'm Vaccinated . . .

Due to HIPAA Chatham is unable to share with students whether their roommates have a waiver on file. We highly suggest roommates have a conversation about COVID-19 mitigation efforts to ensure expectations align.  Contact reslife@chatham.edu if experiencing a concern. 
No. ACHD and the CDC advise against sample testing of vaccinated people. Vaccinated students would only be required to test if exposed to COVID-19. The NCAA may require additional testing of student-athletes.  

Fully-vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine, be restricted from activities, or be tested following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, as their risk of infection is low. 

However, they should still monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure. Depending on the circumstance, Chatham may test individuals if deemed necessary.

If I'm Not Vaccinated . . .

Students who will need to miss class due to quarantine will need to work with their faculty members to determine reasonable accommodation plans for each course.

Masks & Health Protocols

The CDC has recently updated their mask guidance for fully vaccinated people that states they can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.  

While it is our goal to return to normal campus life as soon as possible (and vaccination is critical to reaching this goal), we are still studying what this updated mask guidance means for our community in relation to our policies on masks in the classroom, residence halls and other campus buildings for both vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals.  

We will continue to update everyone before the start of term.  

Chatham is still reviewing the University mask guidance and policies for the fall term based on the latest CDC guidance and state and local ordinances.  University mask policies are applicable across the University and exceptions (e.g., to require or not require masks) in certain locations are not allowed.

As of now, everyone, regardless of vaccine status, is required to complete the daily health screening before coming to campus. This may change as we get closer to the start of the fall term.
At this time, we are planning on sharing the campus community vaccination rate as part of the COVID-19 Campus Dashboard.
Proof of vaccination (or a waiver request) will need to be submitted to Chatham by August 1, 2021 for the fall term. Other than the initial electronic submission, individuals will not be required to show proof of vaccination for entry to classes, residence halls, buildings or other campus activities.

Information for International Students

If a student has received a vaccine authorized by WHO (e.g. AstraZeneca/Oxford), they will not need to quarantine.

If you have received a vaccine that is not FDA approved, and not authorized by WHO, you may need to begin a new vaccine regimen. Please contact Student Health Services for details.

Yes. Chatham will work with the student to arrange vaccination as soon as possible. Certain housing or other arrangements may be required.

New F1 students may enter the United States up to 30 days before the program start date listed on their I-20. Returning Chatham students will need to plan their travel based on when they will engage on-campus. 

Yes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): “The federal government is providing the vaccine free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status.”

If you are unable to receive a vaccine in your home country, you will be eligible to be vaccinated after you arrive in the United States. Currently, the following vaccines are approved for emergency use in the United States:

  • Pfizer BioNTech (2 doses)
  • Moderna (2 doses)
  • Johnson & Johnson/Jansen (1 dose)

It depends. Chatham University recognizes vaccines that have received U.S. FDA or WHO authorization. If you are fully vaccinated with an approved WHO (e.g., AstraZeneca/Oxford) vaccine, you will be considered fully vaccinated by Chatham.

If the vaccine you have received is not approved by the U.S. FDA or WHO, please contact Student Health Services at studenthealth@chatham.edu for information. Chatham will review these on a case-by-case basis, and you will most likely be required to receive a vaccine upon your arrival.

Yes. After arrival and completion of quarantine, you will be able to make an appointment to receive the second dose of your COVID-19 vaccine. It is recommended that you continue with the same vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, etc.).

Chatham University will hold a vaccine clinic in late August, or you can set an appointment at another location (e.g., CVS, Rite Aid, or the Allegheny County Health Department). 

If you need transportation to a vaccine site, please contact the Office of International Affairs at least 48 hours in advance of your vaccine appointment.

Yes. Students will be able to receive their vaccine after arrival in the United States. You will need to follow the guidance for those who are unvaccinated until you are fully vaccinated (two weeks after your final dose).

Students who are not fully vaccinated when they arrive in the United States must quarantine for at least 7 days upon arrival and are subject to the Chatham University entry testing protocol.

You can either set an appointment through Chatham University, a pharmacy, or with the Allegheny County Health Department. Details about how to access a vaccine clinic will be shared with International students in August.

If you need transportation to a vaccine site, please contact the Office of International Affairs at least 48 hours in advance of your vaccine appointment.

If fully vaccinated: 

  • Please submit your vaccine record through Med+Proctor.

If partially vaccinated (1 dose only): 

  • Please submit your vaccine record through Med+Proctor. Complete the OIA arrival form and select “not fully vaccinated”. You will receive information on registering for a vaccine clinic.

If not vaccinated:

  • If you have a valid medical, religious or other reason consistent under federal and state law, you can submit an exemption waiver through Med+Proctor. Anyone not vaccinated will be subject to additional health and safety protocols during the year.
  • If you plan to be vaccinated after arrival, complete the OIA arrival form and select “not fully vaccinated”. You will receive information on registering for a vaccine clinic.
  • Students who have not travelled internationally this summer will follow the standard guidelines.
  • Arrival, quarantine, and entry testing is directed to those who have travelled internationally to attend or return to Chatham in fall 2021, including returning students who left the Untied States during summer 2021.
  • You will still be required to upload your vaccination record, or waiver by August 1 through Med+Proctor.

Athletics and Extracurricular Activities

The NCAA and other governing athletic organizations' requirements for vaccinated vs. non-vaccinated student-athletes are not finalized at this time. We do not anticipate that non-vaccinated individuals will be prohibited from participating in sports. However,  non-vaccinated individuals will more than likely be required to participate in additional testing and mask requirements (some additional team protocols may also be in place).

Information for Employees

Yes. Regular full-time employees are eligible to use a total of ten (10) COVID sick days and regular part-time employees are eligible to use five (5) COVID sick days. COVID sick days may be taken if the employee or a family member has: been exposed to COVID-19, symptoms of COVID-19 or been diagnosed with COVID.  

Yes. All covered individuals (employees and partners) under Chatham’s health plan will receive the points.

No. Points earned for receiving the COVID vaccine can only be applied to the current year and not carried over.

Yes. All on-campus employees, including part-time employees and adjunct faculty members, must be vaccinated or submit a waiver.  These employees, and their family members who are not vaccinated, are invited to participate in on-campus vaccine clinics, if desired. 

General Information

A person is considered to be fully vaccinated if it has been two weeks since their final vaccine dose. That is the amount of time it takes for the vaccine to reach full efficacy. 

There are three vaccines that have been approved for emergency use in the United States—the Pfizer vaccine, the Moderna vaccine, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are administered as a series of two shots, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is one shot. Additional vaccine candidates are also in development. The Pfizer vaccine has applied for full FDA authorization. Learn more about vaccines from the Centers for Disease Control.

No. The COVID-19 vaccines have been proven to be very safe and effective through clinical trials and the real-world application of over 300 million doses given (as of 6.6.21), and the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are currently pending full FDA approval (they have been granted Emergency Use Authorization) this summer.  
 
Chatham also allows any student and employee with a valid medical, religious or other reason consistent under federal and state law, to apply for an exemption. Please note that all waiver requests must be received by August 1, 2021 for the fall term, and that anyone not vaccinated will be subject to additional health and safety protocols during the year.  

The need for vaccine boosters is unknown at this time. Chatham will continue to follow the guidance of of the CDC, FDA and other health agencies for any updates to our policy.

Yes, new employees and students are also subject to the vaccine requirement even if they begin after the start of term.