Student FAQ for Vaccination Requirement

Do I have to wear a mask on campus?

In alignment with Santa Clara County, masking is highly recommended but completely optional in most areas of campus. Masks are still required in health services and the child development centers. Masks are available for free. There are surgical masks at wellness kiosks across campus. N95s are available in the division offices and the Welcome Center.

I am taking online classes but want to use campus facilities such as the library. Do I have to be vaccinated?

Yes. Students utilizing in-person services on campus will need to use the WVC Go app to submit a daily health self-assessment and obtain a green "Cleared" badge. In order to obtain a cleared badge, students must be fully vaccinated or attest they have received a negative COVID test within the last 72 hours.

For Spring 2022: Students and visitors will only be allowed on campus if they are fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious exemption. Testing will only be an option for those with an approved medical or religious exemption.

If someone has been vaccinated with a W.H.O. (World Health Approved Vaccine), do they need to be revaccinated with Pfizer, Moderna or J&J vaccine?

Students who completed a COVID-19 vaccination series with a vaccine that has been authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) do not need any additional doses with an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine.

People who completed or partially completed a COVID-19 vaccine series with a vaccine that is not authorized by either F.D.A. or WHO may be offered an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series. The minimum interval between the last dose of a non-FDA authorized vaccine and an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine is 28 days.

Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

We’re glad you’d like to get vaccinated! Fully vaccinated students have fewer restrictions. Vaccines are free. You don’t need to have an I.D. or a social security number, and you don’t need insurance!

What happens if I miss my testing appointment?

If you miss your testing appointment, then you will be prohibited from coming to campus for any classes and/or services.

If you miss any classes due to a failure to comply with the testing requirements, then those absences will be unexcused and may lead to negative consequences in that class Refer to you class syllabus for the class attendance policy.

What information will a student be required to provide prior to coming to campus each day?

Students will be required to do a daily health check-in using the mobile app before coming to campus. The app will provide the student with a health verification to show to the faculty member if asked.

What should a student do if they test positive for COVID-19?

Regardless of vaccination status, students who test positive for COVID-19, and have been on campus during their infectious period should do the following:

  1. Submit the COVID-19 Incident Report Form.
  2. Inform their Instructor

Please note: The infectious period begins 48 hours prior to either the onset of symptoms or 48 hours prior to the positive test sample being collected if no symptoms have developed, and it continues through the isolation period as defined by the Santa Clara County Health Department. See more information on Isolation and Quarantine Requirements.

Do students in online classes who test positive need to report?

A person that is COVID-19 positive and that has not come to campus during the period in which they were infectious does not need to report this via the COVID-19 Incident Report Form as no on-campus exposures occurred and contact tracing is not necessary.

Please note: The infectious period begins 48 hours prior to either the onset of symptoms or 48 hours prior to the positive test sample being collected if no symptoms have developed, and it continues through the isolation period as defined by the Santa Clara County Health Department. See more information on Isolation and Quarantine Requirements.

What notifications and contact tracing are done after a positive case is reported to have been on campus during their infectious period?

The contact tracing team, led by District Health Officer Dr. Forrest, will monitor for and follow-up on COVID-19 Incident Report Form submittals. Once notified of an incident, the contact tracing team will contact the COVID-19 positive person directly. The contact tracing team will work with the COVID-19 positive person to identify all locations they visited on campus and all close contacts they may have had during the period in which they may have been infectious. The contact tracing team will then follow up with all close contacts directly and will provide them with important instructions and information, including information on various testing options and the current isolation and quarantine protocols. See more information on Isolation and Quarantine Requirements.

What happens to students who do not comply with the COVID-19 vaccine mandate or do not submit an exemption request?

Failure to comply with this requirement will result in disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion.

What happens if students knowingly submit falsified information?

Students who knowingly submit falsified information may face discipline up to and including suspension or expulsion from West Valley Mission Community College District

Last Updated 4/4/22