Please get vaccinated! Vaccines have been identified as the best means of mitigation to prevent the spread of COVID-19, stay healthy, keep our loved ones healthy, and fully enjoy all that the CCSU campus has to offer.
The Board of Regents, which oversees the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) system including CCSU, has voted to require all students to be fully vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus or they must have an approved medical or non-medical exemption before coming to campus. This includes students who live on campus, attend classes on campus, or participate in any kind of activity on campus.
There are several ways you can complete the vaccination requirement process for the fall. You must either submit proof of your vaccination OR request a medical or non-medical exemption prior to the first day of classes, August 26, 2021. PLEASE DO NOT WAIT. You can submit your form at any time.
PLANNING TO GET VACCINATED?
If you plan to get vaccinated or have only received the first dose of a two-dose vaccine, wait until you receive your final dose and then then upload an image of your vaccination card via Medicat.
If you are not fully vaccinated by August 26, you will automatically default as non-vaccinated. Once fully vaccinated, upload your vaccination card and you will receive a confirmation of your completion.
REQUEST AN EXEMPTION?
There are two possible exemptions, a non-medical and a medical. Given the active pandemic, individuals with an approved exemption may be instructed to wear masks at all times indoors, be subjected to COVID-19 testing, remain off campus during a disease outbreak, be expected to quarantine, or to follow other precautionary policies. These public safety measures are designed to keep the university community safe.
Submit a non-medical exemption request through the Medicat student health portal. We will process these requests on a rolling basis.
The medical exemption form needs to be printed out and approved by a healthcare practitioner. The options to submit the completed document are printed on the form.
FULLY VACCINATED? UPLOAD YOUR CARD
You need to upload an image of your completed vaccination card. You can do so through the Medicat student health portal.
Please use your CCSU BlueNet credentials to log in to the Medicat student health portal. Once there, click on UPLOADS and select “COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card.” For issues or questions about your BlueNet account, visit the BlueNet Account Information page on our website.
Are all students required to get vaccinated?
The Board of Regents for Higher Education is requiring that all students who attend in-person classes or events on campus are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
What if I plan to only attend online classes?
We strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated. However, you are not required to get vaccinated if all of your classes are online and you will not be coming to campus for any reason. Individuals who have been granted a vaccine exemption are allowed to come to campus and to attend on-ground classes, but they must wear a mask at all times.
Are employees required to be vaccinated?
While the BOR’s adopted policy does not specifically require all employees to be fully vaccinated, it gives the CSCU president the authority to impose such a requirement if they see fit. For represented employees the BOR does acknowledge that there will be required discussion with the unions on this issue. Evaluations are ongoing to determine whether this course of action will be necessary.
Will I be required to wear a mask and practice physical distancing once I am fully vaccinated?
Final guidelines for the fall semester have not yet been released, but the hope is to significantly relax PPE and distancing requirements for those who have been vaccinated. People who have not received the vaccine will be required to wear a mask and practice distancing.
What happens if I am granted an exemption?
Given the active pandemic, individuals with an approved exemption may be instructed to wear masks at all times indoors, subjected to testing, remain off campus during a disease outbreak and/or be expected to quarantine, and follow other public health policies. If this were to occur, the University will not refund tuition, fees, housing costs or other expenses for students who must leave campus or quarantine.
Where can I get a vaccination?
Using the State of Connecticut vaccine portal, you can search for a free vaccine appointment near you. Appointments are readily available right now.
Central also hopes to provide vaccination opportunities on campus. Information will be posted here when available.
Why should I get vaccinated?
The COVID-19 vaccines are safe. Of the hundreds of millions of vaccines administered, only a fraction yielded serious side effects; the risks of COVID-19 significantly outweigh the risk of side effects. Vaccines are effective. All three of the vaccines currently authorized for use in the United States are highly effective against COVID-19 infection – even against the new, more transmissible variants – and are nearly 100 percent effective against hospitalization and death. Vaccines keep you, your family, and our community safe. They are not only highly effective in preventing you from getting sick, they also prevent vaccinated people from transmitting the virus, keeping those around us safe. The science is clear: get vaccinated today.
If I previously contracted COVID-19, do I still need to get a vaccination?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance is clear:
Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again. Studies have shown that vaccination provides a strong boost in protection in people who have recovered from COVID-19. Learn more about why getting vaccinated is a safer way to build protection than getting infected.
When does this policy go into effect?
While the policy is effective immediately, COVID-19 vaccines will be required beginning in the fall 2021 semester.
What if I'm enrolled in a summer class?
Students currently enrolled in summer programs are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible, but with mitigation strategies in place for everyone this summer, they will not be dismissed from the program or class.
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