Booster Dose FAQ

Last Updated December 28, 2021

I am having trouble finding a booster dose anytime soon. What are my options?

We highly recommend that all community members who are eligible for their booster dose receive that dose at least two weeks prior to the start of classes. If you are having trouble finding a booster appointment, here are some ideas:

  • Search vaccines.gov for a provider.
  • Text your ZIP code to 438829.
  • Call 1-800-232-0233 to find vaccine locations near you.
  • In Oregon, there are a few larger clinics where you do not need an appointment. Other states likely have some similar programs; check with the state health department.
  • Try searching the websites of major pharmacy chains (e.g., Safeway, Walgreens, Riteaid, etc.).
  • Check with your primary care provider.

If none of those options yield results, we will be offering booster dose clinics on campus in mid-January for individuals who have not been able to access vaccine off-campus.

What do I need to do once I get my booster? How do I document my booster with the college?

All students who receive their booster must upload documentation of the booster into the Health Information Portal as soon as possible after the dose is administered.

Faculty and staff will need to upload their booster information to Workday. Instruction on how to do so will be provided to employees during the first week of January. Do not try to upload your information until the system is up and running and HR has directed that you do so.

Do I have to have my booster dose two weeks before the start of classes?

It is highly recommended that you obtain your booster dose two weeks before you return to campus and classes. This is because it takes the booster doses two weeks to achieve maximum protection. We realize, however, that meeting this timeline is not possible for everyone. If you are a student and aren’t able to get your booster dose by the Friday before classes start, you should email Wellness staff at covid19info@lclark.edu to alert them of your situation, and they will work with you to clear you to attend class (assuming you have an appropriate plan in place to receive your booster). Further information will be provided to employees in early January about providing proof of booster, deadlines for compliance, etc.

I won’t be eligible for my booster dose until after the start of the semester. What do I need to do? Can I attend class and come to work on campus?

You should proactively try now to schedule a booster dose appointment for as soon as you meet your eligibility threshold (e.g., six months after your last dose of Moderna, five months after your last dose of Pfizer, or two months after your dose of J&J). Once you do obtain the booster, students must upload documentation of the booster into the Health Information Portal as soon as possible. Employees will need to upload documentation to Workday (instructions will be provided during the first week of January). There is nothing else you need to do. You are clear to attend class and work on-site.

I have scheduled my booster dose, but it’s not until after the start of school. Will I be prohibited from attending class?

Students who have scheduled a booster shot for a date after classes have begun need to email covid19@lclark.edu to let Wellness staff know about your situation. They will clear you so that you can attend classes.

I need to sign up for an on-campus booster dose clinic. How can I do that? Will I be allowed to attend classes or work on-site prior to receiving my booster dose?

On or around January 3, 2022, check your email for a survey to assess how many students, faculty, and staff need booster doses. Please take time to complete that survey.

Shortly before classes begin (January 10, 2022, for Law and GSEC; January 18, 2022, for CAS), an invitation will be e-mailed to community members announcing how to sign up for the on-campus booster dose clinics.

If you are signed up for an on-campus booster dose clinic, you are allowed to attend class while you await your dose.

I have lost all documentation of my booster dose. What should I do?

Check with the provider who administered your booster dose to see if they can replace your documentation. If not:

  • If your booster dose was administered in the state of Oregon, email covid19info@lclark.edu and Wellness staff will look up your booster dose.
  • If your booster dose was administered outside of Oregon, you will need to contact your state health department to inquire about how to get replacement documentation.

I had COVID-19 previously. Does the booster dose requirement apply to me?

Yes.

How do I petition for an exemption to the COVID-19 vaccination policy?

Directions on how students may petition for an exemption can be found on this webpage. Directions for employees seeking an exemption can be found on this webpage.

What should I do if I have a question that is not answered here?

Email covid19info@lclark.edu