To provide our students with a fully in-person experience for Fall 2022, and to keep all members of our community safe, Carthage has decided to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, faculty, and staff. At this time, the initial dose(s) of the COVID-19 vaccination are required; while boosters are not currently required, they are strongly recommended.
Each member of the Carthage community must upload their vaccination information no later than Sept. 15, 2022, or have an exemption form on file. Returning students are encouraged to upload their booster information.
Members of the Carthage community must fill out the vaccination status form by Sept. 15. This process will ask vaccinated individuals to upload a copy of the front side of their vaccination card or indicate an exemption. This information will be kept secure and will only be accessed by those who need to work directly with the information.
If you have already submitted this information and it is current, there is no action required. If your status has changed since your last submission (new vaccination or boosters), you will want to log in to the system to make updates. It is important to know vaccination status on campus should we need this information as we move forward into the fall term.
The College recognizes that there are circumstances where individuals would choose not to be vaccinated for religious reasons, health conditions, or personal convictions. Those who wish to remain unvaccinated will need to fill out the vaccination status form indicating exemption and quarantine if identified in the contact tracing process.
Please note: There could be campus activities that require vaccinations and/or boosters to participate.
A note about J-Term study tours: All students, faculty, and staff who are participating in an international J-Term study tour are required, without exception, to be fully vaccinated before departing campus. All travelers must provide proof of vaccination in advance, and a copy will be stored online by the Office of Education Abroad. Additionally, all travelers must plan to carry proof of vaccination with them at all times while abroad.
When is someone considered fully vaccinated?
“Fully vaccinated” refers to individuals who have had the full cycle of initial vaccinations and then also a booster if the appropriate amount of time has elapsed since the last dose. If you have exceeded the window for a booster for the respective brand of COVID-19 vaccination you have received, then you are no longer considered fully vaccinated.
See the current CDC vaccine schedule
While not required at the moment, Carthage is strongly encouraging students, faculty, and staff to connect with a booster when it is the appropriate time.
Certain activities on campus will require individuals to be fully vaccinated, as outlined above.
Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to update their vaccination status with booster information through the vaccination status form.
Vaccination Status Inquiries
The vaccination status of individual students, faculty, and staff will be kept confidential.
I’ve already had COVID-19. Why do I need to get the vaccine?
According to the CDC, individuals should get a COVID-19 vaccine regardless of whether they already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19, the CDC states.
Individuals who have recently tested positive for COVID-19 or received antibody treatment may request a temporary exception to Carthage’s vaccination requirement. These individuals will be expected to fulfill their vaccination requirements once they are cleared by their health care provider.
Because the science on post-infection immunity remains unclear, individuals receiving a temporary exception due to recent infection or antibody treatment will be expected to follow protocols for unvaccinated individuals. This includes wearing masks, practicing physical distancing, and being quarantined if they contract COVID-19 again or come in close contact with someone who has contracted COVID-19.
Not enough is known about how long immunity lasts after you recover from COVID-19, which means you may be vulnerable to getting sick again. Even if you have already had COVID-19, vaccination will help your body build strong protection against getting sick again. Getting re-infected with COVID-19 means that you may spread COVID-19 to other people, whether or not you develop symptoms yourself. It is important for you to get fully vaccinated to help protect your friends and family.
STRENGTHEN YOUR BODY’S DEFENSE AGAINST COVID-19
- The level of protection you can get after having COVID-19 may weaken over time and can vary from person to person.
- Medical experts do not know if previously having a COVID-19 infection will you protect you against future variants.
- When you get the vaccine, your body builds immunity to protect you against COVID-19. Getting vaccinated gives you a more consistent level of protection and will help keep you from getting sick again or passing the virus to others. The COVID-19 vaccine teaches your immune system to recognize and fight COVID-19, without you getting sick again and without the risk of spreading COVID-19 to others.
- All of the COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S. were found to be safe and effective at building an immune response against COVID-19 and COVID-19 variants. Evidence continues to demonstrate the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.
- Fully vaccinated people very rarely get sick with COVID-19 and data suggests those who do get sick may have less severe symptoms and a lower risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19.
PROTECTING YOUR COMMUNITY
- People who have been fully vaccinated not only protect themselves but protect the people around them from the virus, too. This includes protection for young children who can’t yet get vaccinated and people with weakened immune systems.
- COVID-19 vaccines effectively reduce the risk of COVID-19 for all of the circulating variants. Stopping the spread of COVID-19 variants will help end the pandemic.
- Protecting yourself with the COVID-19 vaccine means you are helping to stop the spread of COVID-19 in your community.
Last updated: May 18, 2022