Vaccinations

The College currently requires a number of vaccinations prior to student matriculation including MMR, TDAP, polio and meningitis. Given the importance of vaccination in protecting our community and helping to resume the vibrant campus culture, we will require all students coming or returning to campus this fall, and who do not require religious, spiritual or medical exemptions, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All faculty and staff are required to report their COVID-19 vaccination status or sign a refusal to disclose form. 

Effective January 3, 2022, all employees, including contract employees, must present proof of vaccination or be approved for a medical or sincerely held religious- or spiritual-belief exemption. As you can see on the dashboard, the number of employees still needing to be vaccinated is relatively low, but this change will bring our employee vaccination policy into alignment with the expectations for students in place since August 2021. Declination forms are no longer valid. 

The College will comply with local, state and federal law to allow for accommodations for documented medical contraindications, and sincerely held religious or spiritual beliefs. Any student with an approved accommodation to the COVID-19 vaccine requirement (referred to simply as unvaccinated individuals) will receive instructions regarding additional prevention measures they will be expected to take; including but not limited to wearing a mask, weekly, mandatory COVID-19 surveillance testing, and quarantining after exposure to a positive case.

Please note: The vaccination exemption provided to students by Hood College (for medical reasons or spiritual beliefs) is not transferrable. Host sites for internships, field work, etc. may impose vaccination requirements or other protocols that students must follow in order to complete their experience at that site. 

Information on the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine can be found on the CDC’s website.

COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters: According to the CDC, certain people are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster shot, including those who received Moderna and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccines. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

Hood will require that all students, faculty and staff (including contractors and adjunct faculty) receive a vaccine booster shot within 30 days of becoming eligible. 

For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series:

For the nearly 15 million people who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago. Additional populations may be recommended to receive a booster shot as more data become available.