Student COVID-19 Vaccination Policy FAQ

Below are frequently asked questions regarding the student COVID-19 vaccination policy.

  • 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 CDC’s recommendations to protect our community are the best protection from COVID-19 available to us, and will allow Lewis & Clark to return as much as possible to the pre-pandemic, in-person instruction and activities that are the hallmark of a Lewis & Clark education. This policy is being announced well in advance of the Fall semester so that students and their families have the opportunity to gather information, consult with their medical providers if they so choose, and make informed choices for themselves.

  • Students who have neither been fully vaccinated nor received an exemption by the October 15 deadline may be subject to disciplinary action, registration holds for future semesters, or other requirements or restrictions necessary to support community health.

  • October 15 is the deadline for all students to be fully vaccinated or to have obtained an approved exemption. For the purposes of this policy, “fully vaccinated” means that you have received all necessary doses of the vaccine that you have received.

  • Students who are not able to be vaccinated for a medical reason may seek a medical exemption from the Health Service.  Students who need a medical exemption should complete this form. Please note that the form requires the signature of a healthcare provider. Once the form is complete, upload your form to the Health Information Portal. Login to the Portal, choose “upload,” then choose “COVID-19 Vaccine Exemption Form.” Staff will review your form and reach out to you. We ask that if you will be requesting a medical exemption, please submit your exemption request as soon as possible. If you have questions, please e-mail covid19info@lclark.edu.

  • Yes. This requirement does not impact anybody’s ability to register for Fall 2021 classes.

  • The Health Service expects to be able to provide vaccines to students in the fall who have not been able to get vaccinated prior to arrival. However, we believe that it is important– and it is our expectation – that students get vaccinated prior to arrival on campus whenever possible.

  • Students must record proof of vaccination through the College’s confidential and secure Health Information Portal. Currently enrolled students all have an account in the Portal. New students will be set up with accounts in the Portal soon after setting up their LC e-mail accounts.

    Students must take BOTH of the following steps in order to record proof of vaccination in the Portal:

      • Login to the Patient Portal at https://lclark.medicatconnect.com. Click on “Immunizations” at the top of the screen, then “Enter Dates” and follow the directions to enter the dates of your vaccine.

      • 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 blue “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.

  • The College strongly encourages all faculty and staff to get immunized as soon as possible, and many have already done so. At this time, this policy applies only to students, which is similar to our requirements related to measles vaccination. We are still assessing the most appropriate policy approach for employees.

  • Yes, this policy applies to all students in degree and non-degree granting programs, except programs that are fully online or for which physical presence on campus is not necessary, such as the Law School’s fully online LLM program in Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law and certain licensure and endorsement programs at the Graduate School of Education and Counseling.

  • Students may request a non-medical exemption for religious or other important personal reasons. This is similar to the process currently in place under Oregon law for students seeking a non-medical exemption from the measles vaccination requirement.

    Students who are requesting a non-medical exemption should complete this form. Please note that the form requires the signature of a healthcare provider. Once the form is complete, upload your form to the Health Information Portal. Login to the Portal, choose “upload,” then choose “COVID-19 Vaccine Exemption Form.” Staff will review your form and reach out to you. We ask that if you will be requesting a non-medical exemption, please submit your exemption request as soon as possible. If you have questions, please e-mail covid19info@lclark.edu.

  • We will provide additional information on this webpage as it becomes available. Other questions regarding this policy can be directed to the Wellness Services at covid19info@lclark.edu.

  • The College will work with students who may have received a vaccine not approved for use by the World Health Organization in order to assure compliance with this policy, as necessary. International or other students abroad who have received a vaccine not approved for use by the World Health Organization should contact Health Service staff or their health care provider for consultation prior to taking any action to attempt to comply with this policy.

    Students with questions about this topic should email Wellness Services at covid19info@lclark.edu.

     

  • Currently, only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for use by 16- and 17-year old persons, so you will need to obtain the necessary two doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

  • Any vaccine approved by the World Health Organization is acceptable. 

  • All persons over the age of 16 are now eligible for vaccination in Oregon. Go to the Oregon Health Authority’s How to Find a COVID-19 Vaccine in Oregon webpage for more information. You can also go directly to Oregon Health & Science University’s COVID Vaccination page for information and appointments at the mass vaccination sites at the Portland Airport and Hillsboro Stadium. Unvaccinated students who will be living in other states or countries this summer should consult with the public health authority for that state or country as soon as possible about vaccination options.