Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions about the 2020-2021 academic year
The COVID-19 Task Force is currently reviewing updated CDC guidance for vaccinated individuals. Oglethorpe is operating in the yellow phase of the campus protection guide in summer 2021. Masks are still required in most group settings on campus.
COVID-19 Vaccination FAQs
Oglethorpe is planning for a full return to campus and residential life for the fall 2021 semester. Getting your COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to commit to the health and well-being of every member of the Oglethorpe community. Oglethorpe joins other institutions in mandating that students and employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 this fall.
- COVID-19 vaccination policy for fall 2021
- Announcement for returning to campus in fall 2021
- View academic calendars for 2021-2022
Employees and students should check the email from June 16 for instructions on how to acknowledge their vaccination status.
No. As with other mandatory vaccines, a personal or philosophical exemption does not qualify for an exemption.
A medical exemption is based on the determination of your treating physician, APRN, or PA. Healthcare providers typically evaluate this need for individuals with weakened immune systems, severe allergies to a vaccine or vaccine ingredient, or serious past reactions to vaccines.
You can request your exemption through the form for acknowledging your vaccination status (emailed on June 16, 2021). Follow the prompts for submitting your exemption request.
No, previously testing positive for COVID-19 does not qualify for an exemption. It is unclear how long antibodies last in those who have had COVID-19. As such, those who have previously tested positive should also be immunized.
Yes, individuals should be fully vaccinated. Individuals are fully vaccinated once two or more weeks have passed after receiving the second dose of a two-dose vaccine, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or once two weeks have passed after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
If you are having trouble with receiving your vaccine in time, please contact us to assist in receiving them as soon as possible.
Any version of the COVID-19 vaccine that is approved in the U.S. will be accepted. As of now, those include:
- Pfizer-BioNTech (2-dose vaccine)
- Moderna (2-dose vaccine)
- Johnson & Johnson (1-dose vaccine)
The Brookhaven Marta Station is offering the Pfizer vaccine with no appointment and no cost. No insurance is needed. The vaccine is offered every day of the week EXCEPT for Wednesday. View details.
On Wednesday only, the Santa Fe Mall off of Venture Drive in Gwinnett County is offering the Pfizer vaccine with no appointment and no cost. No insurance is needed. View details.
Georgia vaccine locator: Statewide tool for finding a local vaccination site in Georgia.
CDC vaccine locator: Nationwide tool for finding a vaccination site near you.
The goal is for campus to be as close to herd immunity as possible. Policies for one-time or short-term visitors are in development, but visitors who are allowed on campus will be expected to observe CDC guidance.
The CDC states that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and provides the following information.
- Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history. This monitoring includes using both established and new safety monitoring systems to make sure that COVID-19 vaccines are safe.
- Over 310 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given in the United States from December 14, 2020, through June 14, 2021.
- COVID-19 vaccines were evaluated in tens of thousands of participants in clinical trials. The vaccines met the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality needed to support emergency use authorization (EUA).
Not necessarily. A full return to campus includes in-person learning, an important part of the Oglethorpe experience. Students and instructors should be prepared for in-person courses.
Yes, many other institutions are also mandating vaccination. Here are a few:
- Agnes Scott College
- Brown University
- Clark Atlanta University
- Cornell University
- Duke University
- Emory University
- Georgetown University
- Morehouse College
- Morehouse School of Medicine
- Spelman College
- Yale University