Oregon Tech COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement FAQs

Updated on August 24, 2021

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Each of the three vaccines (produced by Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson) has been determined to be highly effective at preventing those who have received shots from contracting the virus; the small percentage who become infected after vaccination typically develop mild or no symptoms. Much more information is available on the Oregon Health Authority website.

Oregon Tech is requiring full COVID-19 vaccination for employees and students – other than those with allowable declinations – by September 1, 2021 (or September 16 for faculty on contracts that are less than 12 months). We continue to follow CDC guidelines and remind all members of the campus community to practice basic hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette, and self-care. Our custodial staff members go the extra mile to clean and (where appropriate) disinfect spaces and surfaces. If students, staff or faculty feel ill, they are encouraged to stay home.

You are considered fully vaccinated after two weeks have passed since you received all recommended doses of the COVID-19 vaccine (the number of required doses varies by manufacturer): the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses; the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires a single dose.

Yes. Oregon Tech will recognize both medical and non-medical exemptions to the vaccine requirement, consistent with state law. Non-medical reasons could include the informed decision to decline immunization due to religious belief, philosophical belief, or other personal reasons, including but not limited to an informed decision to wait for one of the vaccine options to have full FDA approval. Declinations for non-medical exemption must include completion of the Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Educational Module. Additional information is available on Vaccination Requirement under “Declination”.

September 1, 2021 will be the date to be in compliance with the vaccine requirement (or September 16 for faculty on contracts that are less than 12 months).

Accommodations for disability continue to be offered to all employees. All requests for a reasonable accommodation under the ADA are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, via an interactive process that includes the employee, supervisor, and the medical provider, the office of Human Resources facilitates the process for employees requesting an accommodation. A confirmed disability is required. Employees requesting accommodations can visit: https://www.oit.edu/human-resources/benefits/reasonable-accommodation or contact Sarah Henderson-Wong in the Office of Human Resources at 541-885-1028.

Students seeking accommodations for a disability can contact ACES for information about the process to apply for accommodations.

Effective 8/25: Oregon Tech requires the use of cloth face coverings, or an appropriate alternative, by all faculty, staff, students and visitors who are physically present at an Oregon Tech location and in enclosed public or common areas.

Face coverings are required when working in indoors in enclosed spaces shared by others, other than family or household members (e.g., family, roommates) regardless of current vaccination status.

 

Students who learn, work or engage in-person in university activities must comply with the Vaccination Requirement regardless of campus location.

Employees who, as part of their job, are required to work from any Oregon Tech location and engage in-person with others outside of their households need to comply with the Vaccination Requirement.

All students and employees are to be in compliance with the Vaccine Requirement by September 1, 2021 (or September 16 for faculty on contracts that are less than 12 months).

At this time, there is no cost to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and no verification of insurance is required.

Tip: Take a picture of your card after receiving your first dose. This way, if it is misplaced or lost, you can use it when you arrive to receive your second dose.

Oregon Tech cannot process a request for a replacement vaccine card. To replace a lost card, submit an Adult Record Request through the Oregon Health Authority.

We are planning for a more traditional campus experience for fall term 2021. Oregon Tech will continue to provide updates about educational delivery modes and onsite operations as plans develop based on current health conditions and OHA/OSHA and CDC guidance.

The University is working with the appropriate union leaders to determine if a vaccination visit can be scheduled during regular work hours without loss of pay or accrued leaves. They must work with supervisor on their time away before they leave. Should an employee get sick or require additional days off the employee would be required to use accrued leaves.

Oregon Tech does not control third parties and their vaccine requirements. Oregon Tech employees and students are encouraged to coordinate with those managing outside work or study to ensure understanding of all requirements.

Employees are required to return to on-site work starting September 1, 2021 (or September 16 for faculty on contracts that are less than 12 months). If employees need a disability-related accommodation related to their work location, workspace and COVID-19 concerns, they can speak with the Office of Human Resources to engage in the interactive process for an accommodation request.

You should be vaccinated regardless of whether you have already had COVID-19. Medical experts do not know how long you are protected from getting sick again with COVID-19. See more information about this as well as other FAQs on the CDC website and consult your medical provider for when you should get vaccinated.

A supervisor will only know if you are in compliance with the Vaccination Requirement (completed the Attestation or Declination process).

Vaccination is an important consideration for adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions because they are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. The CDC provides information specific to those who have allergies or allergic reactions and the COVID-19 vaccine. Please consult with your medical provider to get more information.

All students living in the U.S are eligible for vaccination and should have access across the country. Those who are living outside of the country may also have access. We are planning for Oregon Tech’s Vaccination Requirement to allow students and employees to obtain the vaccine by September 1 (or September 16 for faculty on contracts that are less than 12 months) unless granted an extension, so they can be in compliance with this requirement. Here are resources to help locate vaccines:

Unless directed by the local public health authority, we anticipate that you will not need to quarantine or isolate as long as you are asymptomatic (symptom-free).

Your roommate’s vaccination status will not be shared with you. If you are vaccinated and your roommate isn’t and you both have a COVID-19 exposure, you will not have to quarantine/isolate for 14 days but your roommate would since they are not vaccinated.

We encourage you not to wait. However, if you decide to request an exemption until a vaccine has become formally approved by the FDA, you can do so through the declination process, and once you receive the FDA approved vaccination, you may update your vaccination status at that time.

Once finalized, non-participation in the Oregon Tech COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement may result in formal discipline for non-compliance per university policy. For students, this may include registration holds or other actions per the university’s Student Code of Conduct. Oregon Tech will provide continuous communication and education to students and employees on how all members of the Oregon Tech community can remain compliant. For employees, the finalized requirement and potential consequences will be detailed after discussions with the appropriate groups.

We require all students taking classes on campus to comply with the Oregon Tech COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement.

Yes, if they are otherwise in compliance with the Oregon Tech Vaccine Requirement, including completion of a formal declination and any applicable educational requirements.

The vaccine allows your body’s immune system to develop an antibody response that may protect you from getting sick, or developing a severe illness if you do contract COVID-19. Clinical trials have shown the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and an important step in stopping the pandemic.

No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in use or in clinical trials in the United States can cause you to test positive on COVID-19 viral tests (e.g., qPCR test used by most providers). Viral tests are used to see if you have a current infection. Antibody tests indicate you had a previous infection and that you may have some level of protection against the virus. Experts are currently looking at how COVID-19 vaccination may affect antibody testing results. (Source: CDC)

A person who is vaccinated can still contract COVID-19, so vaccination status has no bearing on your need to be tested if you develop symptoms of the virus, or on the community benefit of asymptomatic testing. According to the CDC, the COVID-19 vaccination works by teaching your immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19, and this protects you from getting sick with COVID-19 or as sick as you might without the vaccine. If you experience COVID-19 symptoms, contact your medical provider for instructions as they may determine you should be tested.

The second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine can be administered 21 days to six weeks after the first dose. The second dose of the Moderna vaccine may be administered 28 days to six weeks after the first dose. (Source: CDC)

After getting vaccinated, you may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. The most common side effects are pain and swelling in the arm where you received the shot. Side effects differ from person to person. You may have fever, chills, tiredness, and headache. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Learn more about what to expect after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Please consider the possibility of a reaction as you register and arrange your schedule. The CDC offers more information here about side effects.

No. Treat this vaccine like any other. You are never completely immune, but studies show that with COVID-19 vaccines, you have a significantly higher chance of fighting targeted viruses that attempt to enter your body two weeks after your second – or final – dose.

If you are a student, you can upload a copy of your vaccination card once fully vaccinated to the Integrated Student Health Center through the student portal. If you are an employee, you can submit a completed Attestation Form to Human Resources.

Employees and students are welcome to schedule and travel to vaccination sites in Klamath or Clackamas Counties. You may also register through your home county or state.

No, Oregon Tech will not share this document with any other agency so you may have to provide this information to any other third party directly.

The CDC has published important information regarding the recommended vaccines. Find more facts about COVID-19 vaccines.