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COVID-19 Booster Requirement

Effective January 18, 2022, all students, faculty, and staff must show evidence of having received a booster. Information on exemptions is outlined below.

Upload proof of your booster vaccine

 
FOR STUDENTS:

Starting January 5, 2022, students will be able to upload proof of their booster vaccination through these steps:

  1. Go to the Health Forms page on the Health Services website.
  2. Click on the purple "Student Health Portal" button and sign in with your MyCLU username and password.
  3. Once in the Student Health Portal, click on "My Forms" in the upper banner.
  4. Click on the COVID Immunization History form and complete it.
  5. You will receive a secure email in your Student Health Portal messages folder after your record has been reviewed by Health Services. Be sure to check your messages in the Student Health Portal often for HIPAA-secure communications from Health Services.
FOR EMPLOYEES:

Starting January 5, 2022, faculty and staff will be able to submit vaccination documentation through the pop-up that appears when signing in to the MyCLU Portal.


FAQs

How do I know when I am eligible for a booster?

For specific information on booster eligibility, please see the CDC website. In short, you are eligible for a booster vaccine if:

  • It has been at least 2 months since receiving your first J&J vaccine.
  • It has been at least 5 months since receiving your second dose of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
  • It has been at least 6 months since completing any other WHO approved vaccination series.

 

I am not yet eligible for my booster vaccine. What do I do?

Students, faculty, and staff who are not yet eligible for a booster based on the CDC's eligibility criteria will receive a temporary exemption to the booster requirement until they are eligible. Once eligible, individuals must receive a booster vaccine within 1 week in order to be compliant with Cal Lutheran policy.  

 

Does it matter which booster vaccine I receive?

Any booster approved by the CDC will be accepted. Please see the CDC website for information on which boosters are authorized. It is recommended that you talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions about which booster is right for you.

 

Do I need a booster if I already had COVID?

Yes. Cal Lutheran requires boosters regardless of prior COVID infection status. As noted on the CDC websiteCOVID-19 vaccination is recommended for everyone 5 years of age and older, regardless of a history of symptomatic or asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection. This includes people with prolonged post-COVID-19 symptoms and applies to primary series, additional primary doses, and booster doses. 

Additionally, the CDC notes that people currently infected with COVID-19 are eligible to receive a booster after meeting criteria to discontinue isolation.

  

How will exemptions for the booster vaccine be considered?

Ongoing Exemptions for Booster: Students and employees with a religious or medical exemption to the primary COVID vaccination requirement will automatically be exempt from the booster vaccine requirement. 

New Medical Exemptions: If you have already received a COVID vaccination, you may only request an exemption for the booster vaccine requirement if there is a valid medical reason for doing so. 

  • Students with such medical reasons may complete the medical exemption request forms located at the bottom of the Health Services Health Forms webpage. 
  • Employees may submit a medical exemption using the same vaccination pop-up in the MYCLU Portal.

New Religious Exemptions: Religious exemptions for the booster will not be considered for those who have already received a COVID vaccination.

 

Why did the university decide to require boosters?

Since the start of the pandemic, Cal Lutheran has prioritized the health and safety of its students, faculty, and staff as well as its neighboring communities. With this in mind, Cal Lutheran has taken numerous steps over the past year toward promoting a safe environment for everyone on our campuses. Our protocols have included requiring members of our community to be fully vaccinated, maintaining an indoor mask mandate, and following other public health measures. These measures have largely been successful, allowing for an in-person academic and co-curricular student experience during the Fall 2021 semesters and terms. 

The emergence of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus – and its rapid spread throughout the U.S. and the world – has prompted us to evaluate whether additional measures are needed to ensure the continued safety of our community. Strong evidence suggests that getting a vaccination booster is one of the best ways to help reduce severe illness, to slow the spread of the disease, and to keep communities  safe. Based on this research, Cal Lutheran decided that it would be in the best interest of our community to require COVID-19 vaccination boosters for its students and employees. 

Who makes decisions regarding Cal Lutheran’s Covid-19 policies and protocols?

The University has a multidisciplinary committee who advises the University President on COVID-19 related matters. Each member of the committee brings to the table a unique set of experience from their respective fields (e.g., health, education, residential life, facilities, and more). They also bring their own training and expertise (e.g., Ph.Ds, MAs, PA-C). All who serve on the committee read articles in their respective fields and gather information from colleagues at various institutions. Several of them are further charged to consult with the experts at the Ventura County Health Department. 

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