COVID-19

Vaccine/Masking Requirement and FAQs

Required Vaccine Process

COVID-19 Vaccination Locations

Please search the Minnesota Vaccine Connector to find vaccine locations across the state.

Vaccination Reporting

Please submit your vaccine record at:  COVID Vaccination Record Submission.

(Employees need to submit their vaccination record even if they have previously submitted information on their vaccination status on the COVID-19 website.)

Exemption Information

If a student or employee intends to request an exemption, please visit the link for additional instructions and protocols you will need to follow: COVID Exemption Record Submission. CSB/SJU does not approve exemptions; students, faculty, and staff simply need to file them as requested (notarized) and they will be in compliance with our policy. This is consistent with any required vaccinations.

If You Are Not Yet Fully Vaccinated or Have Requested an Exemption

Those who are not yet fully vaccinated or have requested an exemption:

  • Are required to wear a mask inside campus buildings at all times
  • Isolate for 10 days if diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Quarantine for 10 days if there is close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Self-monitor your COVID-19 symptoms daily (no submission necessary)
  • Comply with future campus mitigation efforts
  • Comply with mandatory testing, if requested
  • May not be able to participate in certain activities such as university-sponsored travel (international and domestic), including study abroad and travel for intercollegiate athletics, field and clinical placements and internships that require a vaccine, and other activities.

COVID-19 Requirement

Why is CSB/SJU requiring the COVID-19 vaccine?

Based on public health guidance, and given the infectiousness of COVID-19, the seriousness of the illness, and the consequences of COVID-19 on campus for our ability to engage fully in-person, we believe it is in the best interests of the health and safety of our entire community if the vast majority of us are vaccinated.

If a student or employee has had COVID-19 or has been tested and verified there are antibodies present, do they still need to get vaccinated?

Yes, current CDC recommendations for COVID-19 vaccination do not exclude those who have had the virus or those who test positive for antibodies.

Is there an exemption process?

If a student or employee intends to request an exemption, please visit the link for additional instructions and protocols you will need to follow: COVID Exemption Record Submission. CSB/SJU does not approve exemptions; students, faculty, and staff simply need to file them as requested (notarized) and they will be in compliance with our policy. This is consistent with any required vaccinations.

What vaccines are accepted for the requirement?

Any vaccine approved in the U.S. including Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen will be accepted. CSB/SJU will work with students who have been vaccinated abroad as well as international students who do not have access to vaccines approved in the U.S.

Will instructors know who in their classes has been vaccinated?

Vaccination records are confidential medical data and will only be accessible by Health Services and the Student COVID Coordinator (for contact tracing.) In addition, it is important to note that we should not make any assumptions about who is vaccinated or not vaccinated based on masking status. Remember that people vaccinated may choose to mask if they are at higher health risk. At this time, compliance with the new vaccination requirement will be handled by Health Services and the Student COVID Coordinator.

Are there requirements for parents and guests on campus, in the dorms, and at football games?

Guests to campus should follow the current campus safety policies (including masking and social distancing policies) at the time of their visit.

If the student gets vaccinated and has a reaction to the vaccine, who is responsible?

We encourage you to contact your local health care provider and discuss your options including submitting an exemption form.

A student had a severe reaction to the first shot. Do they need to get the second shot and is this normal?

For questions related to specific medical conditions, we recommend speaking with a medical professional. You may contact your medical provider or call Health Services at 320-363-5605.

What is the likelihood that the exemption form will be accepted?

CSB/SJU does not approve exemptions; students, faculty, and staff simply need to file them as requested (notarized) and they will be in compliance with our policy. This is consistent with any required vaccinations. Upon receipt of your exemption form, the document will be verified to ensure that it includes all the necessary components.

How long does it take to get a response on the exemption form?

Upon receipt of your exemption form, the document will be verified to ensure that it includes all the necessary components, including a notary signature. You can expect verification to be completed within a week of the date you submitted your exemption form. You will be notified via email when that is complete.

Does a notary public need to sign the exemption form?

The provision in the Minnesota Immunization Law that allows for exemption states that the requestor must submit a signed notarized statement. https://www.health.state.mn.us/people/immunize/basics/notary.html

What do I do if I lost my COVID-19 vaccination card?

The Minnesota Department of Health does not provide replacement cards. You can request a copy of your vaccination record at Find My Immunization Record if you are a resident of Minnesota.

For residents from other states, please contact that specific state health department.

https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/vaccine/lostcard.pdf

Masking Policy

What is the masking policy at CSB/SJU?

Beginning Thursday, August 12, CSB/SJU is requiring masks indoors and on transportation for all students, faculty, staff, visitors, vendors and contractors (vaccinated and unvaccinated).

CSB/SJU expects masking for unvaccinated individuals in high-density outdoor events where social distancing cannot be maintained.

Athletic areas will follow NCAA and MIAC guidance.

All students, faculty, staff, visitors, vendors and contractors are required to wear a cloth or disposable mask that covers both the nose and mouth. Face shields are not an appropriate substitute for individuals who cannot wear a mask. Very few medical conditions warrant exemption from masks. A medical exemption must be provided by a licensed physician and submitted to the Student COVID Coordinator for review and approval.

How long will the masking requirement last?

The temporary masking requirement will be reevaluated weekly based on the transmission category of our surrounding county and on the vaccination rate of our campus community.

What are the exceptions to the mask requirement?
  • Residence hall rooms
  • Private offices
  • While eating in dining areas or seated with food at indoor campus events
  • Outdoors

International Students/Non-U.S. Vaccination

I’m arriving from an international location and don’t have access to the vaccine in my current country. Will I still be able to come to CSB/SJU?

We understand that students, faculty and staff arriving from an international location may not have access to a COVID-19 vaccine in their current location and may not be able to be fully vaccinated before arriving on campus. We require individuals in this situation plan to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible upon their arrival in Minnesota. They can continue to participate in orientation, classes and other activities, while wearing a mask, as they work toward becoming fully vaccinated.

What do I do if I was vaccinated outside of the United States?

People who were vaccinated outside of the United States with an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine and have received all the recommended doses do not need any additional doses. People who received the first dose of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine that requires two doses do not need to restart the vaccine series in the United States but should receive the second dose as close to the recommended time as possible.

Some people may have received a COVID-19 vaccine that is not currently authorized in the United States. No data are available on the safety or efficacy of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine currently authorized in the United States after receipt of a non-FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine. However, in some circumstances people who received a COVID-19 vaccine not currently authorized in the United States may be offered revaccination with an FDA-authorized vaccine:

  • COVID-19 vaccines not authorized by FDA but listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO)
  • People who have received all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that is listed for emergency use by WHO do not need any additional doses with an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine.
  • People who have not received all the recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine listed for emergency use by WHO may be offered a complete FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series.
  • COVID-19 vaccines neither authorized by FDA nor listed for emergency use by WHO
  • People who received all or some of the recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that is neither authorized by FDA nor listed for emergency use by WHO may be offered a complete FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series.

The minimum interval between the last dose of a non-FDA authorized vaccine or a WHO-listed vaccine and an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine is 28 days. Only people who have received all recommended doses of an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed COVID-19 vaccine are considered fully vaccinated for the purpose of public health guidance.

"People who received all or some of the recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that is neither authorized by FDA nor listed for emergency use by WHO may be offered a complete FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series."
https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/clinical-considerations/covid-19-vaccines-us.html#people-vaccinated-outside-us

General Vaccination Questions

If I am partially vaccinated prior to coming to campus, do I still need to do pre and post-arrival testing?

Yes, you are not considered fully vaccinated until two weeks after your second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine.

Fall 2021 Return to Campus Plan
I won’t be able to receive the vaccine before I arrive on campus. Can I get it when I arrive? Do I have to quarantine until I’m fully vaccinated?

You must have at least received your first vaccine before arriving on campus or moving into the residence halls.

For the five or so weeks until you are “fully vaccinated,” you are required to wear a mask and may have to participate in COVID-19 testing. If you are a close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, you will have to quarantine. However, you are permitted to participate in all normal activities, such as living on campus and attending classes and events.

Am I able to find out if my roommate has been fully vaccinated and/or can I request a fully vaccinated roommate?

CSB/SJU cannot share another student’s vaccine information with you. This information is protected by federal and state privacy laws. In addition, Residential Life will not make housing assignments, including roommate matching, based on vaccination data.

COVID-19 Questions:
  • [email protected]
  • 320-363-3300 (general questions)
  • 320-363-5605 (medical questions related to COVID-19)