COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Will all students be required to receive a COVID -19 vaccine for the 2021-22 academic year?
After consulting with medical and public health experts, we have decided that we will require all students to receive a COVID-19 vaccine for the 2021–22 academic year. As you know, we already require students to receive several vaccines for illnesses such as mumps, measles, and meningitis. Adding the COVID-19 vaccine to that list allows us to return to an in-person, residential educational experience while prioritizing your health and safety. Given that vaccines have become widely available across the country and in many parts of the world, we expect that most students will be able to secure a vaccine prior to returning to campus. We will, however, provide vaccines in the fall for any student who is unable to receive one elsewhere.
We will also have an exemption process in place for those of you who are unable to get the vaccine for medical or religious reasons.
Will the College offer the vaccine to students, faculty, and staff members?
On Tuesday, April 20, in partnership with Rite Aid Pharmacy, the College hosted its second COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Tarble Pavilion at the Athletics Complex on Fieldhouse Lane. During this clinic, we were able to provide doses of the Moderna vaccine to individuals who had not yet received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Follow-up appointments for the second dose will take place on May 18, so please plan accordingly.
Do students need to bring a photocopy of their ID to the vaccine clinics?
Yes, they need to bring a photocopy of their photo ID and insurance card or an online verification. Rite Aid retains these documents for their records.
If students don’t have a Pennsylvania license, what kind of ID can they use?
Any ID with a student's name and photo will work. This includes a OneCard, passport, out-of-state license, or even a library card.
If students don’t have a primary care physician and the form asks them to list this, how should they answer this?
This is not required information. If you are a student and would like to complete this section anyway, you may list Mary Reilly CRNP from Swarthmore Student Health and Wellness Center. For employees, you may leave blank.
Do I need to continue to follow the College’s testing protocols once I’m vaccinated?
Swarthmore students, faculty, and staff on campus are required to continue following the College’s COVID-19 testing policies even if they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
Will I need to continue wearing a mask and practicing physical distancing once I have been vaccinated?
Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is only one tool—albeit a very important one—in the fight against COVID-19. Even if you have been vaccinated, you should continue to wear a mask indoors and in all gatherings of over five people, practice physical distancing, and wash your hands regularly to help keep yourself and your community safe and healthy.
If you have been fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear masks outdoors while on campus grounds, unless you are in a gathering of five or more people. However, you should continue to practice physical distancing of at least six feet whenever possible. As a reminder, you are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Resources: You can find more information on COVID-19 vaccines on the CDC website.
Chester County Vaccine Rollout: Find out more about vaccination efforts in Chester County and enroll in their vaccination pre-registration program here.
Delaware County Vaccine Rollout: Find out more about vaccination efforts in DelCo and enroll in their vaccination pre-registration program here.
Philadelphia Vaccine Rollout: Find out more about vaccination efforts in the city of Philadelphia and enroll in their vaccination program here.