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Fall Semester Health & Wellness Plans

This message may be out of date. Please visit the Student Health and Wellness website for current information on the Fall 2021 Student Testing Program.

 

Dear Students, 

We are excited to welcome you back to campus in just a few weeks for an in-person college experience. We write to share health and wellness procedures regarding your arrival as well as other COVID-19-related information.

Our ability to return to campus relies heavily on our campus community’s vaccination rate. Prior to your arrival on campus, we are reviewing your student health portal to identify any missing information, such as required vaccinations, including the COVID-19 vaccine. We are reaching out to those of you who may need to provide this missing information via a secure message in the health portal or through Swarthmore email.

If you do not hear from the Student Health Center by Aug. 13, all of your health information is current, and you may move in during your scheduled time. If you have already been notified, or are notified by Aug. 13 by a member of our staff that you are missing documentation or vaccinations, you must either stop by Bond Hall to meet with our staff to schedule an appointment or provide the missing documentation before you receive your room key.

If you are fully vaccinated upon arrival on campus, you will not be tested for COVID-19, nor will you be part of the Fall 2021 Student Testing Program. If at any point during the semester you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you may be required to test. We may at any time resume testing of all residential students depending on positivity rates and other circumstances.

If for any reason you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon arrival, you will be required to complete a rapid COVID-19 test prior to receiving your room key. You will also be required to participate in the Fall 2021 Student Testing Program, which will begin during move-in and continue throughout the semester, until you verify that you are fully vaccinated.

As a reminder, you are considered fully vaccinated after receiving either the two-dose Moderna, two-dose Pfizer, single-dose Johnson & Johnson, two-dose AstraZeneca, two-dose Sinopharm, or two-dose Sinovac vaccine AND 14 days have passed since the final dose. Detailed information about the Fall 2021 Student Testing Program is available online.

With the vaccine becoming more available over the summer, most students have been able to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus. If you have been unable to receive the COVID-19 vaccine prior to your arrival on campus, you may receive the vaccine from the College through our partnership with Rite Aid pharmacy. The date of your first vaccine dose will depend on the date you arrive on campus.  

Move-in date

1st dose of COVID-19 vaccine 

Location 

Sign-up link 

 Aug. 14–24

 Aug. 25

Bond Hall
10 a.m.–
2 p.m.

Vaccine Clinic #1 

 Aug. 25–31

 Sept. 1

Bond Hall
10 a.m.–
2 p.m.

 Vaccine Clinic #2

Prior to your vaccine clinic date, you are required to sign up for a vaccination appointment time using the above links and complete the consent forms attached to your appointment sign-up. When you arrive for your appointment, you will need to bring with you a printed copy of the completed consent form, a printed photo of your health insurance card, and a printed photo of a photo ID, such as your OneCard. There will be no charge to receive the vaccine.  

After you receive your final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, you are required to upload your vaccination card into your student health portal, which can be accessed through mySwarthmore.

Swarthmore College’s decisions on protocols and procedures for testing are informed by guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the American College Health Association. Along with testing, the College is focusing our efforts on prevention, mitigation, and monitoring. In addition to the student testing program and required vaccination, we continue to recommend increased hand-washing, daily symptom monitoring, avoiding contact with others when you are ill, and following other expectations as outlined in the updated Garnet Pledge. If you are experiencing symptoms of illness, you should not travel to campus until you are fully recovered or cleared by a medical professional. 

If you have any questions, please read these frequently asked questions or contact Director of Student Health and Wellness Casey Anderson at canders4@swarthmore.edu.

Safe travels, and we look forward to seeing you soon, 

Casey Anderson
Director of Student Health and Wellness

Mary Reilly
Assistant Director of Student Health and Wellness