[Last updated Jan. 19] 

COVID-19 Booster Requirement

Effective Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, F&M students and employees will be required to receive a COVID-19 booster shot within 30 days of becoming eligible. 

You are eligible for a booster:

  • At least 5 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series of Moderna or Pfizer.

  • At least 2 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen.

(Those who received a WHO-approved vaccine should consult the CDC guidance on when to get a booster if you were vaccinated outside of the United States.)


Why is it important to get a booster?

  • The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all adults 18+ should get a booster shot. The CDC definition of “fully vaccinated” may also soon change to include boosters. Getting your booster now will ensure you are prepared when boosters become required to be considered “fully vaccinated.”

  • Immunity wanes over time. A booster helps build your immunity back up and protect you from severe illness.

  • Three shots provide high-level protection against the new variant of concern, Omicron. The level of protection from two shots is significantly less. Pfizer has released preliminary laboratory studies in support of boosters; we expect similar data to emerge about Moderna. 
     

Where can I get a booster?

  • Visit vaccines.gov to find a vaccination location. Most local pharmacies in Lancaster have availability in December. You may also choose to schedule an appointment at your winter break destination.
     

When should I get a booster?

  • The College requires you to get a booster within 30 days of becoming eligible, meaning at least 6 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series or at least 2 months after receiving J&J/Janssen.

  • Students, faculty, and staff who are – or will become – eligible before the start of the spring semester should get their booster over winter break. 
     

Which booster should I get?

  • Any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States

  • Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna have greater effectiveness over time.
     

How should I submit proof of my booster shot?

  • You should have received a form via email to submit information on your vaccination status, including, if applicable, proof of having received your booster shot. Please complete the form no later than Tuesday, Jan. 18.

  • To ensure all records are updated for the spring, everyone must fill out the form, even if you are not currently eligible for the booster, you have previously submitted vaccination information to the College, or you have received a vaccination exemption.
     

I have an approved vaccination exemption. Do I need to request another exemption for the booster requirement?

  • No. COVID-19 vaccination exemptions that were already granted to students and employees for medical or religious reasons will cover the booster requirement as well. Approved exemptions do not need to be renewed.

 

COVID-19 Comprehensive Vaccination

Like many colleges, Franklin & Marshall recognizes that comprehensive COVID-19 vaccination will be the most effective way for our community to enjoy a safe and robust on-campus experience. 

In accordance with the recommendation of the American College Health Association (ACHA), F&M requires all enrolled students present on campus to receive, and to provide proof of having received, a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Faculty, professional staff, and contractors working part-time or full-time at F&M also have a vaccination requirement.

While we are hopeful that a vaccinated community will require fewer mitigation strategies and campus restrictions, we will continue to monitor updated CDC and ACHA recommendations regarding COVID-19 testing and mitigation.

 

Franklin & Marshall College COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Students

Franklin & Marshall College requires all enrolled students present on campus to receive, and to provide proof of having received, a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO). Students who do not provide proof of having received a COVID-19 vaccine must receive a College-approved vaccination exemption for religious or medical reasons prior to their arrival on campus. Students who do not receive an authorized COVID-19 vaccine or an approved COVID-19 vaccination exemption will not be permitted to live or study in residence at F&M.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement and Submission Process

Will the College require students to receive a COVID-19 vaccination before coming to campus for the 2021-22 academic year?

Yes. After careful consideration, and in accordance with the recommendation of the American College Health Association (ACHA), F&M will require all enrolled students present on campus to receive, and to provide proof of having received, a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO).
 

How should students submit proof of vaccination to the College?

Learn how to submit proof of vaccination and booster.


What should a student do if they lose their vaccination card before submitting a copy to the SWC?

Students who have lost their vaccination card or do not have a copy should contact their vaccination provider directly to access their vaccination record. Students who cannot contact their vaccination provider directly can contact their state health department’s immunization information system (IIS). State IIS information is available on the CDC website. Vaccination providers are required to report COVID-19 vaccinations to their IIS and related systems.

If a student enrolled in v-safe or VaxText, they can also access their vaccination information using those tools.
 

What COVID-19 mitigation protocols will be required of students who arrive on campus without having completed their vaccination? 

Students who are partially vaccinated or unvaccinated (with an approved exemption) are encouraged to send a negative PCR COVID-19 test result within the 72 hour period prior to their arrival. Otherwise, they will need to participate in the College’s entry testing upon arrival followed by modified quarantine until they receive a negative test result. 

Students who are partially vaccinated or unvaccinated (with an approved exemption) will also need to participate in ongoing testing and follow F&M’s safety protocols (for example, wearing masks, physical distancing and other measures as appropriate) until their vaccination process is completed.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Information for Students Living Outside the U.S.

What COVID-19 vaccines may be used to fulfill the College’s vaccination requirement?

Students must receive a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), such as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine OR a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by World Health Organization (WHO) Emergency Use Listing (EUL), such as Astrazeneca and Sinopharm / BIBP.
 

What happens if a student received a vaccine that has not been authorized by the FDA or WHO?

Students may be on campus only if they receive an FDA-authorized vaccine or WHO-authorized vaccine (or have an approved exemption). Students are discouraged from receiving a vaccine not authorized by the FDA or WHO. Students who have already received a vaccine that is not authorized by the FDA or WHO will be required to participate in entry and ongoing testing and follow F&M’s safety protocols. 

For individuals who will not have access to an authorized vaccine before their arrival to campus, F&M will have authorized vaccines available on campus. These students will need to follow the mitigation protocols for unvaccinated students, including entry testing / modified quarantine, ongoing testing, and masking, until they have completed the vaccination process.

 

Vaccination Exemption 

Students who are approved for a COVID-19 vaccination exemption based on medical or religious circumstances will be required to participate in entry and ongoing testing as well as follow F&M’s safety protocols (for example, wearing masks, physical distancing and other measures as appropriate).
 

Will medical and religious exemptions from the vaccination requirement be granted?

Yes. In accordance with legal requirements, F&M will support students who have approved medical or religious exemptions by allowing appropriate access to on-campus activities that meet CDC mitigation recommendations and by providing and requiring an appropriate COVID-19 testing program.
 

How does a student request an exemption from the vaccination requirement? 

Students who want to request a religious or medical vaccination exemption must submit the following COVID-19 vaccination exemption request forms:

  1. Request for Medical Exemption from COVID-19 Vaccination OR 

  2. Request for Religious Exemptions from COVID-19 Vaccination
     

Who will review the requests for a religious or medical vaccination exemption?

Vaccination exemption requests will be reviewed by medical staff, the Office of Student Affairs, and/or the Office of Faith and Meaning. 
 

If an unvaccinated student does not request an exemption or their exemption request is denied, will they be allowed on campus?

No. Only students who have been either fully vaccinated or partially vaccinated and are awaiting their second dose, and those who have received an approved exemption, will be able to live and learn on campus.

If you have additional questions or concerns related to the College’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement or exemption process, please contact covid19testing@fandm.edu.
 

Do students living off campus and commuters need to be vaccinated?

Yes. Students living off campus and commuters will still be present on campus for classes and activities, and therefore will need to be vaccinated.
 

Are students on leave from the College required to be vaccinated?

No. Students on leave will not be required to be vaccinated as they are not currently enrolled at the College and will not be on campus. 
 

Will students who are spending the semester abroad and not on campus need to be vaccinated?

Yes. Students planning to study abroad will need to be vaccinated. Students already out of the United States who will start their study-abroad experience this fall must be vaccinated prior to returning to campus.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination for Employees

Is the College requiring faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19?

Yes. Franklin & Marshall is requiring all College employees to receive, and to provide proof of having received, a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
 

Where should fully vaccinated faculty and staff submit proof of vaccination?

Learn how to submit proof of vaccination and booster.
 

Will medical and religious exemptions from the vaccination requirement be granted?

Yes. In accordance with legal requirements, F&M will support employees who have approved exemptions by allowing appropriate access to on-campus activities that meet CDC mitigation recommendations and by providing and requiring an appropriate COVID-19 testing program.

Employees who want to request a religious or medical vaccination exemption should fill out this exemption form.

Unvaccinated employees with an approved vaccination exemption are required to follow mask-wearing and other protocols comparable to those for unvaccinated students. Unvaccinated employees without a vaccination exemption are not permitted on campus.
 

Who will review the requests for a religious or medical vaccination exemption?

Vaccination exemption requests will be reviewed by Human Resources.
 

Do fully vaccinated employees still need to participate in the College’s testing protocol?

No. Fully vaccinated employees will not be required to participate in entry testing or ongoing testing.

 

Resources for Vaccination Information

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to the effectiveness and safety of COVID-19 vaccination, we recommend the following resources: