B. Vaccination FAQs
1. Will Garrett require students to be immunized against COVID-19?
Garrett is updating its immunization policy to require all students to be fully vaccinated in advance of arriving on campus in the fall.
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 for fall 2021?
Yes. Only students who have been vaccinated will be eligible to attend classes in person for fall 2021.
4. Will there be exemptions to immunizations against COVID-19?
Students attending on-campus classes may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons. 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 with the Director of Academic Studies and Registrar, Ms. Krista McNeil, at 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 for Fall 2021 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). Instructions for how to provide proof will be provided to students by April 15.
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:
9. Will Garrett offer vaccinations?
Garrett will not offer vaccinations at this time.
10. Why should I get vaccinated? Is it safe?
11. Will I have to pay to be vaccinated?
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 only 16-years old. Is a vaccine available?
The Pfizer vaccine may be administered to 16- and 17-year-olds. Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines may be administered to those 18 and older.
13. I’m an international student, and I have been vaccinated in my home country with a vaccine not approved in the US. Can I still come to campus in the fall?
Garrett will be following public health guidelines. The seminary will accept any of the three vaccines that have been authorized for use by the United States FDA under an Emergency Use Application (EUA) and recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, as well as any others that receive that same authorization and recommendation by the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester. As international students begin the process of enrolling, the Office of Student Life will work with them, if necessary, to help them get vaccinated upon arrival in the United States and in accordance with those same public health guidelines.
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 April 15, 2021 you can 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 over the age of 16 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) by Friday, August 13, 2021. 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 after August 1, 2021 must be fully vaccinated. Please remember if you are struggling to get an appointment, you can email the Office of Student Life after April 15, 2021, 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.