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COVID-19 Vaccines

Vaccinations Required for Employees and Students

Montgomery College requires COVID-19 vaccinations for employees and students.

Our goal with this requirement is simple: Protect students, faculty, and staff, as well as our surrounding communities. Health and safety remain our top priority. 

Student Vaccination and Testing Requirements

The student vaccination requirement took effect January 7, 2022.

Students must provide proof of vaccination (or have an approved exception on file) to access services and spring classes in person. Submit forms even if you are partially vaccinated.

Students will be dropped from in-person classes if forms are not submitted. 

Students taking a fully online schedule of classes with no need for in-person services are exempt from the vaccination and testing requirement. However, the requirement becomes effective if a student wants to access any onsite class or service.

Log in to Medicat, our student vaccine portal, using your MyMC credentials to submit your vaccination proof or exception request or check your status. Medicat needs up to five days to review and verify the documents you submit. Check your status after five days. If you have trouble logging in, contact IT Service Desk

NOTE: You must be registered for a spring class before you can submit your proof of vaccination or exception request. If you register for a class by 12 p.m., you will be able to access the portal the same day. If you register after 12 p.m., you will be able to access the portal after 6 a.m. the following day.

Submit Vaccination Proof or Exception Request


Need help? Watch How to Submit Your Vaccination Proofnew window.

  • If you register for classes after January 7, you must submit your proof of vaccination or exception request the day after registering.

  • If approved for a medical or religious exception, you'll be required to test weekly for COVID-19 and submit the results to the College. If not approved for an exception, you'll be required to provide proof of vaccination.

  • If you do not submit vaccination proof (or get an approved exception), you will not be able to take in-person classes or access in-person services for the spring 2022 semester. Students will be dropped from in-person classes if forms are not submitted. 
Student FAQs about Vaccination and Testing

Who is covered by this requirement?

All full- and part-time students (including Early College and Dual Enrollment) coming to an MC location for any reason (courses, services, events, etc.) without an approved medical or religious exception must submit proof of vaccination. 

Are there any exceptions?

Students who do not provide proof of vaccination must request a medical or religious exception. If approved, the student will be required to test weekly for COVID-19 and submit the results to the College. If not approved, the student must provide proof of vaccination.

Students taking a fully online schedule of classes with no need for in-person services at an MC campus or site will be exempt from the vaccination and testing requirement. However, the requirement becomes effective if a student wants to access any onsite class or service. Students enrolled in noncredit contract training courses are expected to follow their employer’s protocols and requirements.

Do I have to show vaccination before I attend spring classes in person?

Yes. You must submit proof of your vaccination status or have an approved exception on file to access services or attend spring classes in person.

What should I do if I am partially vaccinated?

If you have received the first dose of a two-dose vaccination and are in the recommended 3-week or 4-week interval period, follow the steps for a fully vaccinated student and supply your partial vaccination information. Begin testing per the testing schedule the week of January 17, regardless of which week in the semester your first in-person class starts. Begin testing immediately if you are coming to campus before January 17.

Upload your updated vaccination card when you receive your second dose. We are monitoring the students who are partially vaccinated to hold their place in classes until the second vaccination is documented. If the second vaccination is not documented when it is due, students’ in-person classes will be dropped.

Once you are fully vaccinated (two weeks after the second dose) you will no longer be required to upload weekly test results.

If you received the first dose of a two-dose vaccination and never went back for the second dose, you are not compliant with the student vaccination requirement. You must get your second dose and upload the updated information immediately to avoid being dropped from your in-person classes.

If you are medically unable to obtain the second dose, you should submit a medical exception requestnew window.

If I am taking all my classes online and am not using in-person services at the College, do I still have to submit proof of vaccination? 

No. Students taking a fully online schedule of classes with no need for in-person services at an MC campus or site are exempt from the vaccination and testing requirement. However, the requirement becomes effective if a student wants to access any onsite class or service.

I am a student worker and already submitted my vaccination proof or exception request as an MC employee. Do I also need to upload my information in the student portal?

Yes, you will need to upload your vaccination proof or exception request in the Medicat student portalnew window after you register for spring classes.

I am in a program that already required me to submit a proof of vaccination. Do I still need to upload my information in the student portal?

Yes, you will need to upload your vaccination proof or exception request in the Medicat student portalnew window after you register for spring classes.

If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. According to the CDC, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. Research regarding how long you are protected from getting COVID-19 again after you recover from a previous COVID-19 infection is still ongoing (CDCnew window). Vaccinations help protect you even if you’ve already had COVID-19. If you have previously had COVID-19, please consult with your health care provider prior to getting the vaccine.

How do I submit proof of vaccination?

Submit proof of vaccination through Medicatnew window, our student vaccine portal. You must be registered for a spring 2022 class before accessing the Medicat portal. If you are already registered for spring, you may access the portal immediately. If you register for a class by 12 p.m., you will be able to access the portal the same day. If you register after 12 p.m., you will be able to access the portal after 6 a.m. the following day. 

Which vaccines are accepted?

All COVID-19 vaccines authorized for regular use or emergency use by the FDAnew window or the WHOnew window are accepted. The College does not recommend one vaccine over another. The most important decision is to get a vaccine as soon as possible. 

How can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

The vaccines are widely available in our region. The Center for Disease Control’s Vaccine Finder Toolnew window can help you locate a vaccination site. You can also text your zip code to 438829 or call 1-800-232-0233 to find vaccine locations near you. Vaccinations are also available on campus

Do I need to show proof of a booster shot?

Students who are taking face-to-face classes and are registered for spring classes will be encouraged to receive boosters according to their vaccination schedule at the earliest possible date. Once enrolled students are in the system as vaccination-verified, the College will communicate with them according to their eligibility for boosters and implement processes to verify this.

How can I get a new COVID-19 vaccination card or a copy of my card?

If you need a new vaccination card, contact the vaccination provider site where you received your vaccine. Your provider should give you a new card with up-to-date information about the vaccinations you have received. You can also contact these agencies:

  • For Maryland residents: Go to the Maryland Department of Health Immunization Recordsnew window and create an account to view and download a copy of your individual vaccination records.

  • For Virginia residents: Search for your COVID-19 vaccine record at  Vaccination Record Request Portalnew window.  Once you have accessed your record, it can be saved, printed, or downloaded as a PDF.

  • For District of Columbia residents: DC MyIRnew window is a web-based portal that gives District residents secure, easy access to their official COVID-19 vaccination records.

How do I request a medical or religious exception?

Request an exception through Medicatnew window, our student vaccine portal. You must be registered for a spring 2022 class before accessing the Medicat portal. If you are already registered for spring, you may access the portal immediately. Once you register for a class, you will be able to submit your proof of vaccination or exception request after 6 a.m. the following day. 

I submitted an exception request and I have not heard anything. What should I do?

Students who have requested exceptions will show as “not compliant” until they upload their first test result to the Medicat portal. Once a test result is uploaded and verified, the status disposition will update to “verified”.

All students requesting an exception should begin weekly testing per the schedule and guidelines the week of January 17, regardless of which week in the semester your first in-person class starts. Begin testing immediately if you are coming to campus before January 17.

You must get tested at an authorized Montgomery County testing locationnew window unless you have received pre-approval to get tested at an alternate site.

If you cannot get tested at an authorized site, email PublicHealth@montgomerycollege.edu to request approval for an alternate testing location. Exceptions will be granted only for an extenuating circumstance or undue hardship. 

If your request is not approved, you will be notified and will need to be vaccinated to attend in-person classes.

I have an approved exception. When do I need to start testing? What are the testing requirements?

You should begin weekly testing per the schedule and guidelines the week of January 17, regardless of which week in the semester your first in-person class starts. Begin testing immediately if you are coming to campus before January 17.

You must get tested at an authorized Montgomery County testing location unless you have received pre-approval to get tested at an alternate site.

If you cannot get tested at an authorized site, email PublicHealth@montgomerycollege.edu to request approval for an alternate testing location. Exceptions will be granted only for an extenuating circumstance or undue hardship. 

What happens if I decide to get vaccinated after getting an approved exception?

Once a student's vaccination status changes, they need to resubmit the online form to update their status. Compliance with testing requirements remain in place until the employee is fully vaccinated and has provided proof.

Why are we still having face-to-face classes before the vaccine requirement takes effect?

The fall schedule was established in the spring with the intent to limit the number of students/classes on campus to only those where remote instruction was not viable. The fall schedule was designed with health and safety in mind. The data we have been tracking was going in the right direction when the decision was made, and all internal COVID-19 protocols are in place. Taking in-person instruction or teaching an in-person class in the fall is a voluntary choice. The College is one of the last community colleges in the state to limit in-person instruction and Montgomery County Public Schools are also fully back. The College continues to remain cautious and focused on community safety.

Do I need to wear a mask and avoid close contact with others if I am fully vaccinated?

Currently, Montgomery College still has a mask mandate in effect for anyone in College-owned buildings—vaccinated or unvaccinated. Maintaining greater distance than we were used to prior to the pandemic is an added precaution and relieves some of the anxiety that students may feel when others are "too close."

Whom do I talk to if I have questions or concerns? 

Students may contact publichealth@montgomerycollege.edu

How long will these requirements be in place? 

They will remain in place for the foreseeable future. The College will look to the guidance of the CDC and other applicable local, state, and federal requirements for changes.

How did the College reach this decision to require COVID-19 vaccinations?

College leadership consulted with experts and stakeholders including students, faculty, and staff before making this decision. These decisions were made after careful consideration of the scientific data. Getting vaccinated may also protect people around you, because if you are protected from getting infected and from disease, you are less likely to infect someone else (CDCnew window). This is particularly important to protect people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, including individuals who are immunocompromised and for whom the vaccine does not offer full protection. 

Our goal with this requirement is simple: Protect students, faculty, and staff, as well as our surrounding communities.  Health and safety remain our top priority. Requiring vaccines, combined with other prevention measures, will help the College reach the highest level of protection possible, reduce infections, limit many of the disruptions of COVID-19, and safeguard the community. It will also allow students, faculty, and staff to return to the in-person and on-campus experience in furtherance of the College’s mission.

Are COVID-19 vaccines safe and effective?

Yes. COVID-19 vaccines are both safe and effective (CDCnew window). Millions of people in the United States have safely received COVID-19 vaccines. The vaccines have undergone some of the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history and meet the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) rigorous scientific standards for safety. Some people report having no side effects. Others report common, mild side effectsnew window after receiving the vaccination. Serious safety problems are rarenew window but have been reported. Anyone who has concerns about getting a COVID-19 vaccine should speak with their doctor for more information.

While no vaccine can guarantee 100% effectiveness, all the current COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective in limiting transmission of coronavirus, including the Delta variant. The vaccines have proven highly effective in reducing serious effects of catching coronavirus, including hospitalization and death (MDHnew window).

Where can I get more information about the COVID-19 vaccines?

The CDC has published important information regarding the recommended vaccines. Find more facts about COVID-19 vaccinesnew window.

 

 

Employee Vaccination and Testing Requirements

The employee vaccination requirement took effect on November 8, 2021. Ninety-seven percent of MC employees are fully vaccinated. Three percent received medical or religious exceptions and are taking weekly COVID-19 tests.

Booster shots will be required of employees who are eligible, according to their vaccination schedule. If you are eligible for a booster, please don’t wait to get it. Directions on the procedures for uploading vaccine booster information will be shared shortly. Learn more about when and where to get your boosternew window

For more information, see:

Vendor/Contractor Vaccination Requirements

All on-site contractors must adhere to Montgomery College COVID-19 protocols. See For Vendors for details and documentation.  

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