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COVID-19 Vaccine

Building our immunity to COVID-19

Keeping our community safe

Linfield’s priority is the health and safety of our community. Linfield University is committed to returning, as much as possible, to a robust and lively campus community, including a return to pre-pandemic in-person learning and activities that reflect Linfield’s mission. The COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States are highly effective at preventing COVID-19, as well as at preventing serious illness even in those who do get COVID-19. For this reason, along with best practices and federal and regional guidelines, Linfield has implemented a COVID-19 vaccine policy.

 

This page was last updated Jan. 13, 2022.

The requirement

All Linfield University students (full- or part-time), employees, volunteers and employees of campus-housed contracted vendors (Sodexo, Barnes & Noble, Physicians’ Medical Center, etc.), are required to be vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 in order to attend, live on campus, be present on campus, be employed by or volunteer at Linfield.

This requirement also applies to those who have already had COVID-19 infection. Current medical information is that vaccination provides more robust protection than having had the virus. For that reason, individuals who have already had COVID-19 must still comply with this policy.

Any vaccine authorized for use in the U.S. is acceptable.

The full number of primary doses (two Pfizer or Moderna shots, or one Johnson & Johnson) of the relevant vaccine must be completed at least two weeks before arriving on campus. Booster shots must be completed soon after the individual is eligible and reported to the university. Vaccinated individuals are booster-eligible five months after the primary doses of Pfizer and Moderna or two months after the primary dose of Johnson and Johnson.

International or other students abroad who have received a vaccine not approved for use in the United States should contact Linfield Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center for consultation before taking any action to attempt to comply with this policy.

Both Online and Continuing Education (OCE) faculty and students enrolled solely in fully online classes are exempt from this policy.

Policy compliance

There are two ways to be in compliance with this policy: 

  1. submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination, or
  2. submit documentation and be approved for an exemption

For those not in compliance: 

  • Employees, volunteers and campus-housed contracted vendors, who are not fully vaccinated or have not received an exemption by the deadlines above may not work or volunteer, and further action may include separation from employment or restrictions to support community health.
  • Students who are not fully vaccinated or have not received an exemption by the deadlines may not move on to campus, or attend class or campus activities, and may be subject to registration holds.

Exemptions

Students, employees or volunteers may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement for medical or non-medical (e.g., religious) reasons per the following process:

  • Students, employees or volunteers who are not able to be vaccinated for a medical reason may seek a medical exemption. The process to request a medical exemption will require the student, employee or volunteer to provide supporting documentation from a health care provider.
  •  New students who are not vaccinated may apply for or non-medical, religious exemption. Examples of religions whose followers do not vaccinate are: Church of Christ, Scientist and the Dutch Reformed Church. Requests for a religious exemption for deeply held religious beliefs will be reviewed by the Director of Student Health, Wellness and Counseling.  Accommodations are only granted in circumstances where they do not cause Linfield undue hardship or pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others.*

  • Job applicants and employees in need of a non-medical, religious exemption from our vaccination/booster policy due to a sincerely held religious belief must submit a request for a reasonable accommodation to me or the Benefits Coordinator for a joint review. Accommodations are only granted in circumstances where they do not cause Linfield undue hardship or pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others.*
    * In the event that a non-medical exemption is granted a mask mandate may be implemented. 

Exemption forms are available online and may be submitted via the documentation links below.

Student vaccine exemption requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the director of the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center. Employee vaccine exemption requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the director of the Office of Human Resources.

Those who have received a previous exemption for COVID-19 vaccination do not need to resubmit their documentation for a booster shot exemption. Students, faculty and staff may apply for a booster shot exemption even if they chose to receive primary doses by using the forms above.

Read the full policy online

Vaccination rates

See the vaccination rates of Linfield students, faculty and staff on the COVID-19 cases page.

Upload your proof of vaccination or exemption forms

Submit your documentation

Student getting vaccinated

McMinnville students

Submit your documentation in Etrieve at a minimum of 14 days before returning to campus for fall semester.

Nursing students practice administering vaccines

Portland students

Submit your documentation in Complio at a minimum of 14 days before returning to campus for fall semester.

Associate professor Sarah Coste writes on a white board

Faculty, staff and volunteers

Submit documentation to Etrieve at least seven days before arriving on campus.

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Other specific groups

International students

Contact the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center for information about vaccine and testing before arriving to campus. Vaccines approved by the World Health Organization are required.

Campus-housed vendors

Documentation must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources at least one week before arriving on campus.

Visitors and guests

Proof of vaccination is not required to come to campus; however, proof of vaccination MAY BE REQUIRED at certain events including theatre, athletics and music. Please confirm before arriving on campus.

Student receives COVID-19 vaccine at Linfield clinic

Frequently asked questions

You've read the requirements. Now read answers to the most common questions about the COVID-19 vaccine policy.

Read the FAQs

Questions?

Questions about Linfield's vaccination policy and exemption process can be directed to our COVID-19 response team: covid19ert@linfield.edu.