COVID-19 Vaccine Policy

Starting in fall 2021, Allegheny College requires all students age 16 and older accessing or living on campus to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Faculty and staff are highly encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Individuals who have previously tested positive should still be vaccinated unless they are currently ill. Requirements are subject to change as we follow the CDC’s recommendations.

Benefits of being fully vaccinated with COVID-19 immunization include:

  • Protection against the COVID-19 virus (vaccines are very effective but do not provide 100% immunity)
  • Significantly reduced asymptomatic surveillance testing
  • Exemption from quarantine after known exposure to COVID-19 if without symptoms
  • Travel without quarantining upon return

Fully vaccinated people should continue to:

  • Follow Allegheny College’s Gator Pledge
  • Wear a mask and physically distance yourself while in public spaces
  • Practice good hand hygiene

Information for Students

Students need to complete the recommended number of doses of vaccine and be fully vaccinated (having all doses for at least two weeks) before joining the campus community. Students are required to provide COVID-19 immunization records to the Allegheny College Health Agency (ACHA). Please upload records here. Students living on and/or accessing campus during summer 2021 are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination to ACHA by July 1, 2021. Students coming to campus for fall 2021 should complete the full COVID-19 vaccination series at least two weeks before coming to campus for the fall semester. Any students needing assistance in obtaining the vaccine should contact ACHA for support.

Students are allowed to complete and submit an exemption form if they are unable to be vaccinated for medical or religious reasons. Please see the College’s exemption policy below. Note that students who have not been immunized may be excluded from class and residence halls if an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease occurs on campus.

Allegheny College currently requires enrolled students to be immunized for hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, and tetanus. We strongly recommend students also receive meningitis vaccines.

Students who do not provide documentation of immunization or immunization waiver will face conduct review.

Information for Faculty & Staff

Faculty and staff may provide immunization records by uploading them here. Some College activity will be restricted to vaccinated employees only. Faculty and staff may contact ACHA for assistance in obtaining a COVID-19 vaccine.

Exemption

The COVID-19 immunization requirement is in place to protect the health and safety of our community. Therefore, very few exemptions will be allowed. At present, only two exemptions can be pursued: a medical exemption and a religious exemption. Medical exemptions may be granted for a documented medical contraindication. Religious exemptions may be granted on the basis of a sincere and genuine religious belief prohibiting immunization.

Exemptions must be applied for on the appropriate College form and approved by ACHA. There is no appeal process. First-year, transfer, domestic exchange, and international exchange students will not be permitted to move into residence halls and/or participate in classes without the required documentation of immunizations.

Note that students who have not been immunized may be excluded from class and residence halls if an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease occurs on campus.

COVID-19 Vaccine Exemption Request Forms

Medical Exemption Request Religious Exemption Request

Please submit exemption requests to ACHA via email at healthagency@allegheny.edu.


To qualify for an exemption review, students must submit one of the following:

  • Medical exemption: A medical exemption must be written by a physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner and include their medical license number and their phone number. The letter must state that a valid contraindication to vaccination exists. The exemption must specify which immunizations are contraindicated, and why and how long the medical contraindication will last.
  • Religious exemption: A religious exemption is a written and signed statement of objection to immunization due to the student’s religious beliefs (parent or guardian signature required of students under age 18). The statement must address all of the following elements:
    • Explain in the student’s own words why they are requesting this religious exemption
    • Describe the religious principles that guide the student’s objection to immunization
    • Indicate whether the student is opposed to all immunizations, and if not, the religious basis that prohibits particular immunizations

Prior religious exemption statements addressed to other institutions or to Allegheny College will not be considered.

Please submit the exemption letter(s) and the College exemption form to ACHA at healthagency@allegheny.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which COVID-19 vaccines will Allegheny College accept?

Allegheny College accepts all domestic and international COVID-19 immunizations.

I am coming from a location where the COVID-19 vaccine is not available, but I am willing to get vaccinated when I arrive on campus. What do I do?

There are few places in the world that do not have the COVID-19 vaccine available. Get in touch with ACHA early if you cannot find a viable location. Please note that unvaccinated students will have to quarantine upon arrival on campus for at least seven days.

Will the College offer the vaccine to students, faculty, and staff members?

The College is collaborating with Meadville Medical Center to provide the Pfizer vaccine to all students age 16 and up. You can sign up here. You can also find a location close to you at vaccines.gov.

Do students need to bring a photocopy of their ID to vaccine clinics?

Yes, they need to bring a photocopy of their photo ID.

If students don’t have a Pennsylvania driver’s license, what kind of ID can they use?

Any ID with a student’s name and photo will work. This includes a passport, out-of-state license, or even a library card.

Do I need to continue to follow the College’s testing protocols once I’m vaccinated?

Allegheny College 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 on campus and wash your hands regularly to help keep yourself and your community safe and healthy.