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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Information for Students Information for Faculty and Staff | Additional Resources

The data shows we can significantly minimize the impact of COVID-19 on ourselves and each other by being up to date on our COVID-19 vaccinations, including by receiving a booster shot. In keeping with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),  all students, faculty, and staff members are required to stay up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations, and are required to receive a booster shot by either Jan. 31 or, if not yet eligible by Jan. 31, within 30 days of becoming eligible for the booster. The CDC has detailed information on when you’re eligible to get your booster shot.

If you have already received an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination approved by the College, you will continue to be exempt from this requirement. Students and employees who are unwilling to comply with this requirement and who do not have a College-approved medical or religious exemption will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion or termination.

Verifying Your Booster Shot


Once you receive your booster, or if you have already received one, you must update your vaccination status in MySwarthmore. 

Students can upload their updated CDC COVID-19 vaccination card, including the date of their booster shot, to the student health portal. The student health portal can be accessed through MySwarthmore. If you have questions about how to provide your information, please contact health@swarthmore.edu.

Faculty and staff members can upload their updated CDC COVID-19 vaccination card by doing the following:

  • Log in to MySwarthmore at myswat.swarthmore.edu.
  • Select the Employee Main Menu.
  • Select the COVID-19 Vaccination Record page.
  • Select Record Booster and enter the date of your booster.
  • Select Browse to locate the image or picture file to upload your vaccine card, then select Submit.
    • Please be patient after selecting Submit and allow the system to process the upload. Selecting the Submit button multiple times may create duplicate records and delay the verification process.

Vaccine Information for Students

Approved COVID-19 Vaccines

Consistent with CDC guidelines, the College will accept vaccination with the following FDA approved or World Health Organization (WHO) recognized COVID-19 vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca-CoviShield, Sinopharm-VeroCell, and Sinovac-Coronavac.  

Medical or Religious Exemptions

If you are not able to receive the vaccine due to a medical or religious exemption, please complete this waiver form [PDF] and upload it to your student health portal. 

Additional Information for Students

Additional information on student vaccination requirements can be found on the Student Health and Wellness website.

 


Vaccine Information for Faculty and Staff

How to Verify Your COVID-19 Vaccination Status

 

  • ​​​​Log in to MySwarthmore at myswat.swarthmore.edu.
  • Select the Employee Main Menu.
  • Select the COVID-19 Vaccination Record page.
  • Select Record Booster and enter the date of your booster.
  • Select Browse to locate the image or picture file to upload your vaccine card, then select Submit.
    • Please be patient after selecting Submit and allow the system to process the upload. Selecting the Submit button multiple times may create duplicate records and delay the verification process.

Participation in this effort is mandatory. The information provided will be kept confidential. If you need help submitting your information in mySwarthmore, please contact humanresources@swarthmore.edu
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Booster Shot Requirement

All Swarthmore College employees will be required to receive a booster shot by January 31, 2022 or within 30 days of becoming eligible for the booster as defined by the CDC, whichever comes first. If you have already received an approved exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination, you will continue to be exempt from this requirement.  Please refer to the CDC website for further information.

Once you receive your booster or if you have already done so, you should update your vaccination status in MySwarthmore, following the instructions above.

Employees who do not comply with the booster requirement will be placed on unpaid leave for up to two weeks. If by that time, you have not received your booster, your employement will be terminated.

Medical or Religious Exceptions

The College will allow for medical and religious exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine. If an employee is denied a medical or religious exemption but chooses not to get a COVID-19 vaccine, they may still elect to take a 12-month unpaid leave or resign, as described above.  Human Resources will work with those individuals on that process and to determine an appropriate timeline.

Medical Exemptions

Employees who wish to apply for a medical exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine must do the following:

Religious Exemptions

Employees who wish to apply for a religious exemption must complete this COVID-19 religious exemption application.

 

Additional Resources

  • CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Resources: You can find more information on COVID-19 vaccines on the CDC website.
  • Get Vaccinated in Pennsylvania: Search for vaccination clinics across PA here
  • Chester County Vaccination Clinics: Find out where to get vaccinated in Chester County here.
  • Delaware County Vaccine Rollout: Find out where to get vaccinated in DelCo here.
  • Philadelphia Vaccine Rollout: Find out where to get vaccinated in the city of Philadelphia here.