FAQ: Vaccination Requirement
Why is Christian Brothers University requiring those who will be on campus during 2021-22 academic year to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
Christian Brothers University is following recommendations from its medical and public health partners and requiring everyone on campus to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to protect the health and safety of our community and our neighbors. We will also be able to offer the entire CBU community a more complete experience in the fall, including more event and activity offerings, increased in-person interaction and collaboration, and a reduction in COVID-19 testing and protocols (mask-wearing, social distancing, etc.).
Who was responsible for making the decision to make the vaccine a requirement?
What COVID-19 vaccines are accepted, and what does “fully vaccinated” mean?
At this time, any vaccine authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), or the World Health Organization (WHO) will satisfy the vaccine requirement. You are considered “fully vaccinated” two weeks after receiving the final dose of a two-dose vaccine (such as the Pfizer or Moderna) or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine (such as Johnson & Johnson).
How do I submit my verification of vaccination?
Verification can be uploaded online at www.cbu.edu/vaccine. There are separate forms available for students and employees.
Can I be tested for COVID-19 instead of receiving a vaccine?
Routine COVID-19 testing does not replace the requirement for vaccination.
If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated?
Yes. In line with CDC recommendations, Christian Brothers University requires all faculty, staff, students to be vaccinated, including those who have previously tested positive for COVID-19.
Are you immune to COVID-19 after recovering from it?
Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again. Studies have shown that vaccination provides a strong boost in protection in people who have recovered from COVID-19.
What qualifies as an exemption?
Exemptions are being allowed due to a medical reason or because of a sincerely held religious belief. For medical exemptions, a physician or advanced practice clinician must attest that the individual’s medical status contraindicates the individual’s vaccination using the provided form at this link. For religious waivers, individuals will provide information to identify the sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance that is the basis for the request for waiver, with the signature of and contact information for a religious leader on their professional letterhead. Accommodations will be granted when they do not cause undue hardship to the University or pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others.
Are my personal concerns about the effects of the vaccine sufficient for an exemption?
Exemptions are only being allowed for documented medical reasons or for sincerely held religious beliefs. The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found that COVID-19 vaccination is safe and effective. We encourage members of the CBU community to consult with a healthcare professional if you have any questions about the safety of the vaccine and your own health condition.
How do I submit an exemption request?
REQUESTS FOR EXEMPTION ARE NOW ONLY AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS WHO ENROLL AFTER JULY 12 OR EMPLOYEES WHO ARE HIRED AFTER JULY 12. Requests may be made online at www.cbu.edu/vaccine. There are separate forms available for students and employees.
When do I find the status of my exemption request?
If I receive an exemption rather than the vaccine, how will it affect my on-campus lifestyle?
Unvaccinated persons with an approved religious or medical exemption will be subject to additional requirements, including but not limited to a requirement to wear a mask indoors and to participate in regular testing.
I have heard that the vaccines have not been approved or properly tested. Doesn’t that mean they might not be safe?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first COVID-19 vaccine, known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. Other vaccines (such as Moderna and Johnson & Johnson) have been authorized by the FDA. In a public health emergency, which is the case with COVID-19, manufacturing and approval of vaccines can be streamlined through an Emergency Use Authorization or EUA. An EUA does not affect vaccine safety, because it does not impact the development process (such as research, clinical studies, and the study of side effects). Instead, it simply speeds up the manufacturing and administrative processes. The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found that COVID-19 vaccination is safe and effective.
If I am registered for online classes, am I still required to have the vaccine?
Students enrolled in online-only programs and not accessing campus for any reason will be exempted from the vaccination requirement.
If I do not receive the vaccine or an exemption, can I still attend class?
Students not in compliance with this policy will not be allowed to live on campus, attend classes on campus, or participate in campus events or intercollegiate athletics. Unvaccinated students may still enroll in online-only programs.
What if I am unable to be fully vaccinated by the August 2 deadline?
If you miss this deadline, your access to campus will be affected. For students, all on-campus courses will be dropped from your schedule (online only courses will remain intact), and that you will not be allowed to return to the CBU campus after August 2, 2021. You will be allowed to return to campus upon showing proof of full vaccination. However, if you provide such proof after the fall add/drop deadline, you will not be able to register for any new or previously selected courses at that time.
If a student receives an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination mandate, is CBU going to provide them with accommodations with respect to remote study?
No. Status as an unvaccinated individual generally does not entitle that person to an accommodation. In some cases, disability accommodations may be provided if the student cannot be vaccinated (e.g., for medical or religious reasons) and has an underlying disability which puts them at a higher risk for COVID-19 complications.
Who can I speak to regarding the COVID vaccine requirement?
For those of you who have additional questions regarding the vaccine requirement, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.