Garrett has updated its immunization policy to require all students to be fully vaccinated in advance of arriving on campus.
All Garrett students planning to attend in-person course components must submit the COVID-19 Immunization Verification form, available here on myGETS. If you are an international student with a vaccination question, please scroll below.
2. How do I provide proof of vaccination?
To submit your COVID-19 Immunization Verification, you will need a picture of your completed vaccination card prior to using the submission form. You can find the submission form on the Wellness and Health Care webpage on myGETS (log-in required); follow the instructions there to complete your verification. If you encounter any difficulties, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Issues with Immunization Verification.”
3. Do I need to be vaccinated to take classes in person?
Yes. Only students who have been vaccinated will be eligible to attend classes in-person.
4. Will there be exemptions to immunizations against COVID-19?
Students attending on-campus classes must be vaccinated. If a student requests an exemption from the vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons they will only be allowed to take courses offered online. Students enrolled in only online classes (typically defined as having no access to on-campus facilities), as well as individuals participating in fully online or off-campus programs, will not need to provide proof of vaccination. Those seeking exemption for medical reasons should inquire by sending an email to email@example.com. Those seeking exemption for religious reasons should inquire with the Office of Student Life at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. What if I have been diagnosed with COVID-19, do I still need to be vaccinated?
From the CDC’s website, “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.
"If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine."
Experts are still learning more about how long vaccines protect against COVID-19 in real-world conditions. CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.”
6. Will I be able to register for classes without having been vaccinated yet?
Yes, you will be able to register for classes prior to vaccination, but you will have to provide proof of vaccination before coming to campus to attend classes or live in Garrett housing (dormitories or apartments). Please see Section B.2 for instructions on how to submit vaccination information.
7. I am fully vaccinated! Do I still need to wear a face covering and watch my distance?
Yes. Until public health experts see evidence that it is safe to not use these protective measures, which guard against transmission of the virus, Garrett will continue to require social distancing and the use of face coverings. We will be providing more guidelines for precautions we will be taking on campus in early summer. You can also see section I. Safety Measures FAQ section below.
8. Where can I get vaccinated?
There are many locations to be vaccinated. Garrett strongly urges members of its community to get an available appointment as soon as they become eligible. Here are resources for you:
Here are some places to check for appointments that are near campus or in the Chicago area:
Walgreens Pharmacy: people have found more availability with Walgreens in using their app versus their website. You can download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
If you live in Chicago, then www.zocdoc.com is where you can search for appointments at the United Center and about 15 other Chicago vaccination sites.
9. Will Garrett offer vaccinations?
Garrett will not offer vaccinations at this time.
10. Why should I get vaccinated? Is it safe?
No! The State Department of Health has made clear that no one will have to pay for the vaccine. There is no out-of-pocket cost to get a COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of location. If you have health insurance your insurance company may be billed, but costs will not be passed on to you. See https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/vaccine-faqs for more information.
12. My child is 5-years old or older. Is a vaccine available?
The Pfizer vaccine may be administered to 5-17 year-olds. Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines may be administered to those 5 and older. At this time, there is not a vaccine available for children 4 year-old or younger.
13. I’m an international student—what do I need to know about vaccination?
All Garrett students planning to attend in-person course components must submit the COVID-19 Immunization Verification Form, available here on myGETS. Any vaccine approved by the U.S.’s Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization (WHO) will be accepted. We recognize, however, that vaccination availability around the world varies greatly, and we are prepared to assist incoming international students who have not yet been vaccinated.
If a student is not able to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in their country of origin—or if the vaccination they received is not approved by the FDA or the WHO—the student will need to plan on receiving the full course of COVID-19 vaccination upon their arrival in the U.S. The vaccines currently approved by the FDA are the Pfizer, Moderna, and Jansen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines. The WHO has additionally approved the AstraZeneca, Sinovac, and Sinopharm vaccines.
All international travelers to the United States, whether vaccinated or not, are required to receive a negative COVID-19 test 1-3 days before departing to the U.S. Vaccinated travelers do not need to quarantine, but un-vaccinated travelers will be required to quarantine for seven days and receive a second negative COVID-19 test before beginning their vaccination course. Quarantining students are permitted to stay in Garrett housing while they quarantine and receive their vaccinations.
If you are staying in Garrett housing but do not yet have your COVID-19 vaccine, you will still be eligible to move into your Garrett housing location. You will need to receive your first dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine within 14 days of your arrival, and there will be clinics nearby where you will be able to easily schedule appointments. Please inform the Office of Student Life of your arrival date so that we can assist you with scheduling your vaccine appointment.
Students will not be allowed to attend an in-person class, school sponsored gathering/meeting or enter the library until they are fully vaccinated—two weeks after the final dose. If a student is not fully vaccinated in time and is not allowed to attend a class, they should contact the Academic Dean’s office to request accommodations.
14. What if I am having trouble making a vaccination appointment?
The Office of Student Life will aid any student struggling to find an appointment. After Contact the Office of Student Life at email@example.com, and they will assist you in getting an appointment.
15. I currently live in Garrett housing (apartments or dormitories) or I plan to move into Garrett housing, must I and/or my family be vaccinated to live in Garrett housing (dormitories and apartments)?
Any person age 5 or over who resides in Garrett Housing must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and must provide evidence of such to the Office of Student Life (as described in question B2 above). Anyone who cannot or will not provide such evidence will have their housing agreement terminated and be given 30 days to move out. If you are a new resident to Housing, anyone wanting to move in must be fully vaccinated. International students who are unable to receive vaccination in their home countries prior to arrival will be able to move into housing prior to receiving a vaccination; however, they will be required to receive a vaccine with 14 days of arrival and must follow quarantine rules established in B.1. Those international students who do not receive their first vaccine within 14 days of arrival will have their housing agreement terminated and be given 30 days to move out.
Please remember if you are struggling to get an appointment for vaccination, you can email the Office of Student Life at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
16. If I sign a housing agreement and am unable to move to campus because I cannot get a vaccine will I still be responsible for the agreement?
No, as has been our policy since the pandemic began, any situation caused by the pandemic that affects your ability to fulfill the obligations of your housing agreement will be released and any prepayments will be refunded.
17. Will Garrett require students to receive the COVID-19 booster shot?
Yes. All students, faculty, and staff will be required to receive a COVID-19 booster as soon as possible and no later than March 1, 2022. This deadline is six months from when most faculty, students, and staff were fully vaccinated, making them eligible for their boosters within this window. Boosters are intended to provide added protection against COVID-19 as the initial vaccines’ effectiveness can wane over time.
Individuals are eligible to receive their boosters six months after completing the initial series of a two-dose vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer) and two months after receiving the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Individuals who had a breakthrough infection prior to receiving their booster must receive their booster as soon as they become medically eligible for it.
If you are a student who is not yet eligible for your booster either due to a breakthrough infection or due to the timing of receiving your last vaccine by the March 1st deadline, please contact the Office of Student Life to receive the appropriate temporary extensions.
18. Will there be exemptions to the booster against COVID-19?
A religious exemption will be granted to a student who completes the request form and provides a signed letter from an official leader within their religious organization that supports the community's belief that their religious beliefs, practices, or observances prevent any member of the congregation from receiving a COVID-19 Booster vaccination
A medical exemption may be granted to anyone who has a diagnosed medical condition that prevents them from receiving the booster shot or who has an allergy to the components of the vaccine.
The exemption will only be granted upon receipt of a certified documentation by a licensed health care provider who is not related to the submitter, and whose specialty is appropriate to the associated condition.
19. How can I learn more about the COVID-19 booster mandate for students?
Mr. Kevin Miller, Vice President for Business Affairs and CFO, provided a presentation for students on Tuesday, February 8, 2022. Mr. Miller serves as the chairperson for the Campus Safety Committee. To learn more about the COVID-19 booster mandate for students, view the PowerPoint slides now from this presentation.
CS22 Booster Mandate Presentation.pdf