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 provide the in-person instruction and activities that are the hallmark of a Lewis & Clark education. 

  • Students who have neither been fully vaccinated nor received an exemption by the start of their first semester may not be allowed to attend class; may be subject to disciplinary action; may experience registration holds for future semesters, or may experience other requirements or restrictions necessary to support community health.

  • Students who are eligible for vaccination (including booster dose) must receive their vaccination prior to the first day of classes. As soon as students receive their vaccination, they must follow these steps to document their compliance with vaccination requirements. Students who have experienced COVID-19 in the 90-day window prior to the start of classes may be eligible for an extension of time to meet the vaccination requirement. These students must e-mail covid19info@lclark.edu to request an extension.

  • 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, for medical exemptions, 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.

  • The Health Service is not offering regular COVID vaccination clinics on campus. This is because the vaccine is only viable for a short period of time after a vial is opened, and we do not want to waste vaccine by only administering 1 or 2 doses from a vial. We encourage community members to get vaccinated by an off-campus provider.   

  • 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.

  • All members of the Lewis & Clark community–including faculty, staff, and employees of our long-term, on-campus partners–are required to be up-to-date (as defined by the CDC) with their COVID vaccinations. This includes original series and booster dose(s). 

    Employees are required to upload proof of their vaccination (including booster) into Workday. Employees who have experienced COVID within the 90 days prior to beginning employment with the college may be eligible for an extension of time to meet the vaccination requirement. These employees must e-mail Heyke Kirkendall-Baker (hkirkendall-baker@lclark.edu) to request an extension..

  • 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. 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.

  • Direct questions regarding this policy to Wellness Services at covid19info@lclark.edu. Please bear in mind that during the summer months, our staffing is more limited and response times may be longer.  

  • 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.

     

  • For individuals living in the United Statues, visit www.vaccines.gov to find vaccine near you. Individuals in Oregon may also find the state of Oregon’s vaccine webpage helpful. Consulting with your healthcare provider’s office or pharmacy may also help you find vaccine.

    Students living in other countries should consult with the public health authority for that country about vaccination options.