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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 June 14, 2021.

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 against COVID-19 in order to attend, live on campus, be present on campus, be employed by or volunteer at Linfield beginning fall 2021.

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 doses of the relevant vaccine must be completed at least two weeks before arriving on campus.

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 OCE 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, volunteers or campus-housed contracted vendors may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement for medical or non-medical (e.g., religious) reasons, including for reasons provided in Oregon and federal law, per the following process:

  • Students, employees, volunteers or campus-housed contracted vendors, 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, volunteer or campus-housed contracted vendor to provide supporting documentation from a health care provider.
  • Students, employees, volunteers or campus-housed contracted vendors may seek a non-medical (e.g., religious) exemption and will be required to provide sufficient information to support the request.

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.

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 prior to returning to campus for fall semester.

Nursing students practice administering vaccines

Portland students

Submit your documentation in Complio at a minimum of 14 days prior to returning to campus for fall semester.
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Faculty, staff & volunteers

Submit documentation to Etrieve by Aug. 2, 2021, or at least seven days prior to arriving on campus, whichever is first.

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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 by Aug. 2, 2021, or at least one week prior to arriving on campus.

Visitors & guests

Proof of vaccination is not required. However, all visitors and guests must comply with Linfield's face covering policy while on the McMinnville or Portland 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.
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Questions?

Questions about Linfield's vaccination policy and exemption process can be directed to Erin Roberts in the Office of Student Affairs.

Erin Roberts
Office of Student Affairs
Melrose Hall
503-883-2542
erinr@linfield.edu