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Vaccination: General
Vaccination: Students
General Topics
Academic Topics
Community Commitment
Staying Healthy
Student Housing
Athletics
Support Resources
Ways to Help


Vaccination: General

Will students and employees be required to have received a COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes, with limited exceptions for medical or non-medical reasons. An August 2, 2021 deadline for providing vaccinations status was communicated to the Macalester community in an April 23, 2021 email message from President Rivera.

By when do I need to receive a COVID-19 vaccine so that I am considered “fully vaccinated” by the August 2, 2021 deadline?

The CDC considers a person “fully vaccinated” 14 days after they have received the final dose of an FDA or WHO-authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. The timing varies based on the vaccine. In order to be in compliance by August 2nd, this means, for example, that you would need to have received:

  1. A First Moderna shot by June 28th
  2. A First Pfizer shot by July 5th
  3. A Single Jannsen shot by July 26th.

Can a vaccinated person test positive for COVID-19?

It is possible, but the risk of infection, severe illness or death is significantly lower after vaccination. Such “breakthrough cases” would be expected as no vaccine is 100% effective in preventing all infections. If you exhibit any of the signs associated with COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider for guidance.

Does a vaccinated person need to wear a face covering and follow other safety precautions?

A fully vaccinated person (i.e. 2-weeks after final vaccine dose) has the option to wear a well-fitted face covering, but does not have the same requirement to do so as an unvaccinated individual. The same applies to the 6-feet physical distancing.

Whether vaccinated or not, continuing to monitor for symptoms, staying home when ill, and continuing to practice good hand hygiene are all public health measures that help minimize the spread of all diseases in our community, not just the coronavirus.

What public health behaviors are expected of those that have not received a COVID-19 vaccine but who participate on campus?

Per the current CDC guidelines, those who are unvaccinated are expected to wear a well-fitted face covering and to maintain 6-feet of physical distance from others when possible. Additional expectations of unvaccinated community members will depend on community levels of vaccination, amount of circulating virus, and updates to either CDC or MDH recommendations.

As of June 25, and per CDC recommendations, regardless of vaccination rate, students who are unvaccinated for any reason will be expected to self-isolate if they exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, obtain COVID-19 testing, and go into quarantine if they have a known exposure to a lab-confirmed positive case. 

Please note that as MDH and/or CDC guidelines change, Macalester’s policies may be updated.

How does the vaccination requirement apply to ACTC students who plan to take a course at Macalester in the fall?

Using this form, ACTC students will be required to submit vaccine information or a request for medical/non-medical exemption.  Most ACTC schools also have very high levels of vaccination rates, and some are also requiring vaccines. As with our Macalester students, there will be people for medical or non-medical reasons, who don’t have a vaccine, and they will receive the same messaging as our own students about behaviors expected of non-vaccinated individuals.

I’ve received a vaccine not authorized in the US and want to be revaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine. Can this happen?

As of June 21, according to the CDC no data are available on the safety or efficacy of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine currently authorized in the United States after receipt of a non-FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine. However, in some circumstances people who received a COVID-19 vaccine not currently authorized in the United States may be offered revaccination with an FDA-authorized vaccine. Students should consult with the Hamre Center, and employees should discuss with their healthcare provider.

Where can I learn more about COVID-19 vaccines?

  • The CDC website provides detailed information about COVID-19 vaccines.

The Minnesota COVID-19 Response webpage contains links to vaccine data for the state.

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Vaccination: Students

I am arriving without having access to a COVID-19 vaccine. What should I do?

Students arriving without receiving any COVID-19 vaccine, who have not completed a 2-dose regimen, or who have received a vaccine not included on these lists, please contact the Hamre Center (651-696-6275) to schedule a vaccine appointment or create a new appointment in the Hamre Center’s student patient portal.

If I need to receive a vaccine when I arrive, should I make plans to be on campus earlier than the publicized return to campus date?

No, this is not necessary. You can meet the vaccine requirement by scheduling an appointment using the Hamre Center’s student health portal to initiate a COVID-19 vaccine regimen within four days of arriving in St. Paul for the fall semester.

Will I have to quarantine if I arrive without being vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO-authorized vaccine? 

As of June 25, given anticipated high vaccination rates on campus, we do not plan on requiring this. However, this decision will likely be made closer to student arrival dates for AY 21-22 and, as always, will be based on MDH and CDC recommendations, worldwide circulating COVID, and local conditions, which continue to evolve.

If I get vaccinated after arriving in St. Paul, will I have to receive both doses and wait 2-weeks before participating in in-person class? 

No. During this time you will be considered partially vaccinated and would be expected to follow all public health precautions for those who are partially- or un-vaccinated (e.g.. wear a well-fitting face covering, adhere to 6-foot physical distancing, quarantine if exposed, self-isolate if exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, etc.).

I received a COVID-19 vaccine that isn’t authorized by the FDA but is on the list of vaccines authorized for emergency use by the WHO. What should I do?

If you completed a COVID-19 vaccination series with a vaccine that has been authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) you do not need to receive an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine.  You should upload documentation to the Hamre Center Patient Portal.

I received the first dose of a two-dose vaccine that is on the WHO-authorized list. How should I proceed?

If you are partially vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine series authorized for emergency use by WHO, you may be offered an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series. You should schedule an appointment with the Hamre Center to discuss.

The COVID-19 vaccine I received is not on the FDA or WHO-authorized list, how should I proceed?

In line with current medical direction from the CDC, if you received all or some of the recommended doses of a vaccine that isn’t on the FDA or WHO authorized list, you should contact the Hamre Center (651-696-6275) to schedule a vaccine appointment or create a new appointment in the Hamre Center’s student patient portal.

I am arriving from an international destination, for travel purposes do I need to have a COVID-19 test result, even if I have been vaccinated?

Regardless of vaccination status, as of June 18 the CDC travel guidance is that you show a negative test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding an international flight to the U.S. This is a federal policy, not a Macalester policy, so continue to check the requirements for your planned travel.

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General Topics

What are the dates for new student orientation and move-in?

New student orientation will be held on campus August 27-31, 2021. New student move-in will take place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on August 27. Additional details are available on the Orientation website.

What are campus move-in dates for returning students?

Returning residential student move-in will take place August 29-31, 2021, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Details regarding the specific move-in instructions will be posted and shared with returning residential students during the summer. For more information, refer to the Residential Life website.

Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine? How do I report my vaccination status?

The federal government has created vaccines.gov as a one-stop site for locating pharmacies with COVID-19 vaccine supply. Enter your zip code, search radius, and desired vaccine and the system shows you locations and links to open appointments. 

Macalester will require all students and employees who will work or study on campus to either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit required exception requests by Aug. 2. Students should upload their COVID-19 vaccination documents through the Hamre Center’s patient portal. Faculty and staff should use this form to affirm that they are fully vaccinated. Note that this form is different from the earlier form which you may have filled out to indicate that you had received at least one dose of the vaccine.

What plans are being made for Fall 2021?

As President Rivera announced on March 31, we are planning to reopen the campus in the fall with regular occupancy in our residence halls and in-person instruction for most courses. We will adhere to an updated version of our Mac Stays Safer community commitment to maintain public health behaviors.

Is the college permitting work-related travel or college-sponsored travel?

As of June 1, college-supported domestic travel will be allowed for fully vaccinated faculty, staff, or students. College-supported international travel will only be permitted for faculty or staff who have a written plan approved by the VP in their line or the Provost. The only college-supported international travel for students will be for transportation to or from approved study away sites.

What opportunities are available for COVID-19 testing?

For students, the Hamre Center remains an on-campus option for health advice and symptomatic COVID-19 testing.

For all community members, your own health care provider, the COVID-19 Community Testing Sites, and the test-at home, mail-order Vault kits are ongoing options for access to COVID-19 testing.

For faculty and staff: Information about how to access COVID-19 testing is available on the Minnesota Department of Health website. For more information about COVID-19 testing and related Macalester benefit programs, refer to this Employment Services COVID-19 Employee Resource Guide.

If an off-campus student needs to quarantine, will they do that in their off-campus housing or on campus? If an off-campus student tests positive, will they isolate in their off-campus housing, or the college’s isolation space?

Students who live off-campus would isolate (if they test positive) and quarantine (if they are exposed to a person who has tested positive) in their off-campus housing. The only people who would quarantine or isolate on campus are students with on-campus housing.

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Academic Topics   

Will the college return to a semester calendar for Fall 2021?

In response to student and faculty input, and following the recommendation of the Education, Policy, and Governance (EPAG) committee, the college will return to a semester calendar, beginning in the fall of 2021.

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Community Commitment

What is the Mac Stays Safer community commitment?

Our individual and community health depends on our choices and actions. Our ability to stay safer is only as strong as our shared commitment to each other. View the Mac Stays Safer community commitment.

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Staying Healthy

What should I do if I feel sick or have COVID-19 symptoms?

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you should begin self-isolating. It is important to minimize your contact with others.

Students: You can call the Access Nurse line (651-696-6275, option 3)*  to get medical advice. If you are a student currently living on campus, you can pick up a COVID-19 test at the Information Desk in the Campus Center. Please email case-mgmt-team@macalester.edu with any specific questions. If you are experiencing severe symptoms and want to be seen urgently, see this list of urgent and emergency care medical resources.

Faculty and staff: The Minnesota Department of Health offers guidance for access to COVID testing. For more information about COVID-19 testing and related Macalester benefit programs, refer to this Employment Services COVID-19 Employee Resource Guide.

What do I do if I have an urgent concern or an emergency?  

In case of a life-threatening emergency, call 911.

  • Students: If you need care after hours, please visit the Hamre Center’s Urgent and Emergency Care page for resources. If this is an emergency, please call 911. 
  • For students living on campus, Macalester Public Safety is available 24/7 to provide advice or respond to a concern. Public Safety will also connect with Student Affairs staff who can assist and follow up.

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Student Housing

What are the dates for new student orientation and move-in?

New student orientation will be held on campus August 27-31, 2021. New student move-in will take place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on August 27. Additional details about orientation and move-in will be posted on the Orientation website this summer.

What are campus move-in dates for returning students?

Returning residential student move-in will take place August 29-31, 2021, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Details regarding the specific move-in instructions will be posted and shared with returning residential students during the summer. For more information, refer to the Residential Life website.

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Athletics

 

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Support Resources

How is Macalester working to support students? 

An Emergency Aid Program is available to help students experiencing financial distress. This program comes in response to a general concern about unexpected expenses that can disrupt a student’s educational trajectory, especially students who have no financial safety net. COVID-19 has underlined the need for such a program. More information about this program, and the form students should use to begin the process, can be found on the Financial Aid website.

What resources are available to support virtual community and wellness?

The Division of Student Affairs offers resources for students to connect and find community through student organizations, programming, chat rooms, and other virtual programs. There are opportunities to engage in wellness activities such as yoga, fitness classes, and guided reflection.

What support resources are available for faculty and staff?

The Hamre Center for Health & Wellness provides a Mental Health Tools for Faculty and Staff portal. These tools include the WellTogether initiative, syllabus statements, and resource lists.

Employment Services shared a COVID-19 Employee Resource Guide. This guide includes information about COVID-19 testing and details about several Macalester benefits for faculty and staff including the Employee Assistance Program.

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Ways to Help

How can faculty, staff, and parents help Macalester students?

Thanks to those of you who’ve asked how to support students. You can make a gift to the Macalester Fund, which provides critical flexible support that can be deployed rapidly wherever it’s needed. Gifts will help our students with unanticipated expenses and help every campus department reimagine remote student support and programming. Any gift is appreciated.

What can alumni do to help?

Many of you in our thoughtful and generous community have asked how you can help. Thank you! Here are some ways to do that: 

  • Support Macalester students in a time of need. As the needs of our students, faculty, and staff grow and evolve, gifts to the Macalester Fund provide critical flexible support that can be deployed rapidly wherever it’s needed. Your Macalester Fund gift will help reimagine remote student support and programming by every department—from the Library to Health and Wellness to Career Exploration. Your gift will also help meet the rising student need for food through Open Pantry, provide support for lost student employment wages, and provide supplemental financial aid for students whose needs have increased during this crisis.
  • Be available to share career advice. During this tumultuous time, students could really use your career advice. Turn on your CareerHelper badge in MacDirect to show students you are open and willing to connect.
  • Hire a Macalester student. Have an opening at your organization, even for part-time work? Fill out this quick Google form and we’ll share it with students.
  • Stay connected and supportive. Show your Macalester pride—in conversations, on social media, wherever you are. Share your love for students and each other. This pride will help bring comfort and will also help prospective students see the community they will be a part of if they choose Mac. Reach out to friends and classmates through your local or class-year social media channels as well as through MacDirect, our online alumni directory.

 

  • For students or parents of current students: Have a question that isn’t answered in our FAQ or on this site? Please email us at healthresponse@macalester.edu
  • For alumni: Have a question that isn’t answered in our FAQ or on this site? Please email us us at alumnioffice@macalester.edu

Reviewed: July 28, 2021