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Public Health

Students taking in-person classes or accessing on-campus services must be fully vaccinated by Nov. 1 (view student FAQs). All employees must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18. Medical and religious exemptions are available.

As WVC reopens for the 2021-2022 academic year, there are still multiple COVID-19 prevention protocols in place. Use the tabs below to view student and employee vaccine requirement information and to access general COVID-19 safety information.

Fall quarter begins Sept. 27. More fall classes will also be in-person or have in-person components. To search classes and determine instruction mode, use the ctcLink class search. To assist you with class search and selection, we have compiled a fall 2021 enrollment guide with tips for identifying which format a class will take. 

While we move toward a full reopening, online resources will still be available. You can still contact these offices over phone, email or Zoom (see wvc.edu/Online) and you can seek generalized help from a staff member using the Live Chat feature on the website (green button in lower right-hand corner of wvc.edu).

COVID-19 vaccine and safety information

Vaccinations are required for students and employees. Exemptions are available. Find a vaccine location.

In accordance with Governor Inslee’s Higher Education Proclamation 21-14.1, all WVC students attending classes in-person or hybrid are required to be fully vaccinated by Nov. 1. Students taking only online courses are not required to be vaccinated.

They must document their vaccination status by that date by logging into gateway.ctclink.us, clicking on “Student Homepage” and selecting the “Immunization Attestation” tab.

Instructions for submitting vaccinations or exemptions (.pdf)

Step-by-step Instructions for Vaccine Attestation in ctcLink (Students) (.pdf)

Students can claim an exemption for medical or religious reasons during the attestation process. Students claiming an exemption must complete the relevant form:

Medical exemption form (.pdf) or Religious exemption form (.pdf)

Vaccinations are also required for all students who choose to live in the Residence Hall, effective fall 2021. View the COVID-19 protocols for student housing.

In accordance with the governor's 21-14.1 proclamation on Aug. 20, 2021, all higher education employees must be vaccinated or claim a legitimate medical or religious exemption. You can read the governor's full announcement on his Medium page.

All WVC employees, including those working remotely, are required to be fully vaccinated prior to Oct. 18 or risk dismissal.

“Fully vaccinated” means someone has received:

  • One dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine
  • Two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccine schedule

Employees must document their vaccination status by Oct. 18 by logging into gateway.ctclink.us, clicking on “HCM Self Service” and selecting the “Immunization Attestation” tab. View instructions for submitting vaccinations or exemptions. 

Instructions for submitting vaccinations or exemptions (.pdf)

Employees can claim an exemption for medical or religious reasons.

WVC will continue to provide more information regarding the vaccine requirement.

We try and include up-to-date information about COVID-19, vaccinations, state requirements, WVC resources and more. Use the dropdowns below to learn more. For questions about the student vaccine requirement, view the student vaccine FAQs.

The COVID-19 vaccine is currently available to people 12 years and older for no cost, regardless of insurance.

The WA Vaccine Locator can help you find a vaccine location and book an appointment by your zip code.

You can find more information here related to vaccine safety, how and where to get a vaccine, life after the vaccine and additional FAQs.

Masks continue to be required inside all WVC buildings and facilities, regardless of your vaccination status. This is in accordance with the governor's statewide mask mandate issued Aug. 20, 2021.

Social distancing of three feet must be maintained.

Isolation and quarantine are strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  The recommendations for isolation, quarantine and testing will vary based on vaccination status. Isolation describes when someone who has COVID-19 symptoms, or has tested positive, stays home and away from others (including household members) to avoid spreading their illness.

Read full CDC guidelines here

Isolation recommendations

With a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 with symptoms, an individual can return to work/class when:

  • It has been at least 24 hours with no fever without using fever-reducing medication AND
  • Your symptoms have improved, AND
  • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared.

If the student/faculty tested positive for COVID-19, but did not have any symptoms, they can return to work/class when:

  • At least 10 days have passed since the date of the first positive COVID-19 test AND
  • There have been no subsequent illnesses
Quarantine

Quarantine describes when someone who has been exposed to COVID-19 stays home and away from others for the recommended period of time in case they were infected and are contagious. Quarantine becomes isolation if the person later tests positive for COVID-19 or develops symptoms.

Quarantine recommendations are to stay in quarantine for 14 days after your last contact (this is the safest option). If individuals are fully vaccinated and have no symptoms they do not need to quarantine.

Guidance for fully-vaccinated people

Fully-vaccinated people who have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be tested 3-5 days following the date of their exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days, or until they receive a negative test resolute. They should isolate if they test positive.  Fully-vaccinated people who live in a household with someone who is immunosuppressed, at increased risk of severe disease, or unvaccinated (including children who are not vaccinated) could also consider masking at home for 14 days following a known exposure or until they receive a negative test result. Most fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine or be restricted from work/school following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, if they follow the testing and masking recommendation.

People are considered fully-vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If it has been less than 2 weeks since the final shot, or if a second dose is still needed, than the individual is not fully protected and should follow the guidelines for the unvaccinated.

When you receive your COVID-19 vaccine, you get a vaccination card to prove it. Keep it safe! You should treat it like you would your credit cards, driver's license or passport. Your card is not just a scheduling reminder: it is an official record that you may need for travel, event access, and possibly booster doses later. 

If you've misplaced or lost your card, don't worry! You can get official, verified proof of your COVID-19 vaccination online, for free. The MyIR website is an official state pathway to access proof of vaccination in Washington state. To get your copy, visit MyIRMobile to sign up for free. If you already have a MyIR account set up, you're all set! *Please keep in mind that verification to your records through MyIR may not be immediate, and access is currently limited to English language only.

View the WA DOH guidelines for obtaining and keeping your COVID-19 vaccination card.

Counseling services

The counseling department also offers emergency services for students facing food insecurity or financial crisis. If you need help, reach out.

The CDC also has resources Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19.

Experiencing a mental health emergency or domestic violence? See below:

If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others:


Chelan-Douglas Health District and Okanogan County Public Health

CDHD and OCPH offer resources and tips for staying healthy and preventing the spread of illness. You can learn more at cdhd.wa.gov and okanogancounty.org/ocph.

 Chelan-Douglas Health District website

Sitio web de Distrito de salud de Chelan-Douglas

Okanogan Behavioral Healthcare

OBHC provides holistic behavioral health services that promote wellness and recovery in Okanogan County. Learn more at kbhc.org.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC is the national health protection agency. Follow along with their COVID-19 information at cdc.gov.

Washington State COVID-19 website 

This website, coronavirus.wa.gov, was created to address developments in our state specifically. It includes information on number of cases and how to stay safe and protect others.

According to the CDC, stigma and discrimination can occur when people associate a disease, such as COVID-19, with a population or nationality, even though not everyone in that population or from that region is specifically at risk for the disease. Stigma can also occur after a person has been released from COVID-19 quarantine even though they are not considered a risk for spreading the virus to others.

Some groups of people who may be experiencing stigma because of COVID-19 include:

  • Persons of Asian descent
  • People who have traveled
  • Emergency responders or healthcare professionals

Stigma hurts everyone by creating fear or anger towards other people. Everyone can help stop stigma related to COVID-19 by knowing the facts and sharing them with others in your community.

CDC: Know the Facts

This is a good time to emphasize Wenatchee Valley College’s commitment to equity and inclusion. Name-calling, racist tropes, or any type of harassment against individuals or groups is never welcome on our campus. Please keep in mind that many of our community members, including our international students, may be dealing with difficulties stemming directly from the impact of COVID-19.

If you experience or witness any bias or harassment please report it by visiting wvc.edu/Bias or emailing bias@wvc.edu.

Student vaccination requirement FAQs

Use the dropdowns to view frequently asked questions concerning the student vaccination requirement. 

No, you do not have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend Wenatchee Valley College, however, only those students who have been fully vaccinated by November 1, 2021, or who submit a medical or religious exemption may come to campus, for class or any other reason.

There are no philosophical or personal exemptions available per the Governor's Higher Education proclamation 21-14.1. Students who do not become fully vaccinated or receive a medical or religious exemption by November 1, 2021, may be disenrolled from in-person courses fall quarter and not allowed back on campus. Registration holds will be placed on students’ accounts and they will be unable to register for winter quarter until they are fully vaccinated or receive an approved exemption.

A person is fully vaccinated against COVID-19:

  • two weeks after they have received the second dose in a two-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the FDA (e.g., Pfizer-BioNTech) or
  • two weeks after they have received the second dose in a two-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use by the FDA (e.g., Moderna) or
  • two weeks after they have received a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use by the FDA (e.g., Johnson & Johnson (J&J)/Janssen) or
  • two weeks after they have received all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that is listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Moderna: First dose, Monday Sept. 20; second dose, Monday, Oct. 18
  • Pfizer-BioNTech: Monday, Sept. 27; second dose, Monday, Oct. 18
  • Johnson & Johnson: First and only dose, Monday, Oct. 18

Vaccine schedule table

Students who are only taking online classes and have no classes that meet on campus are not required to be vaccinated or complete the vaccination attestation. However, if they are enrolled in classes and plan to visit campus at any point, they must be vaccinated. See next question.

All students who come to campus must be fully vaccinated or have been granted an exemption. Brief visits for those who do not meet the requirement are not allowable per the governor's proclamation.

Students who are not vaccinated or do not have an approved exemption may use curbside services, if available. Current curbside services include: libraries, bookstore (Wenatchee) and food pantries.

Students are responsible to schedule a vaccination that allows them to be fully vaccinated by Nov. 1. However, if a student has extenuating circumstances or questions concerning the vaccination deadline, they can reach out directly to studentservices@wvc.edu. Student concerns will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Students must verify their vaccination status using ctcLink.

Instructions for submitting vaccinations or exemptions (.pdf)

Students providing vaccination information are required to truthfully self-attest in ctcLink. This process does not require the immediate upload of documentation, such as a card or other proof at the time of attestation. However, the current mandate requires monitoring and WVC may be conducting audits of self-attestations, including contacting students for proof of documentation throughout the term.
Yes. Individuals who have not yet completed the vaccination process are allowed to come to campus but are required to complete the process by November 1, 2021. Everyone, regardless of vaccination or exemption status, must wear masks indoors and maintain a distance of three feet at all times, per the governor’s proclamation and state health guidelines.

Submitting an exemption is a two-step process. First, students must denote a legal medical or religious exemption in ctcLink and, second,  submit the relevant exemption form:

Medical exemption form (.pdf)

Religious exemption form (.pdf)

The most recent Governor's Proclamation removed the philosophical/personal exemption, which was offered earlier by Wenatchee Valley College this summer. Students who initially claimed the philosophical or personal exemption previously must now either be fully vaccinated or begin the medical or religious exemption process.

Yes. Individuals who have not yet requested an exemption are allowed to come to campus but are required to complete the process or be fully vaccinated by November 1, 2021.

Wenatchee Valley College first announced the student vaccination requirement on Aug. 5 through an email from the president and a press release. The WVC Public Health page has also been continuously monitored and updated to reflect the most up-to-date information. Currently, WVC is working under the requirements put forth by the governor’s most recent proclamation (21-14.1).

An update was sent on Sept. 17, notifying students of the deadline extension and other vaccine requirement changes. 

Running Start students are treated as college students even if they are minors and will need to complete this process and submit the forms on their own. All students coming to campus must complete the immunization attestation in ctcLink, or submit an exemption form.

Reach out to the Running Start office with any questions. In Wenatchee: RunningStart@wvc.edu. In Omak: OmakRunningStart@wvc.edu.

Yes, prospective students and visitors may visit Wenatchee Valley College campuses. Face masks are required to be worn inside buildings for all new students and visitors to campus regardless of vaccination status. Prospective students and visitors must fill out a symptom form each time they are on campus. Scan the "visitor” QR code on the posters around campus or go to wvc.edu/Visitor to complete the form prior to visiting. This is recommended by the health district and used for contact tracing only.

Part of the orientation process for new and incoming students will include information about the vaccination requirements.

At this time, everyone who comes to campus is required to wear masks when working indoors and not working alone.

In addition, any student or employee coming to campus must complete a symptom form each day. Current students and employees should scan the appropriate QR code on the posters around campus or go to wvc.edu/HealthCheck to complete the form prior to coming to campus each day. This is recommended by the health district and used for contact tracing only.

Yes, per the governor’s proclamation, Wenatchee Valley College is still requiring three feet of social distance whenever feasible.

Visitors to campus including prospective students and members of the public are not required to be fully vaccinated, however, they must wear masks and keep a social distance of three feet.

Visitors, contractors and volunteers must also fill out a symptom form each time they are on campus. Scan the "visitor” QR code on the posters around campus or go to wvc.edu/Visitor to complete the form prior to visiting. This is recommended by the health district and used for contact tracing only.

Student employees must complete the employee vaccination verification process. They do not have to complete both verification processes. All employees have been contacted by Human Resources with instructions for completing the vaccination verification process.

Under the current proclamation, Wenatchee Valley College has the legal responsibility to ensure that students who participate in in-person courses, operations, and activities, are either vaccinated or have an exemption. To this end, employees will only have access to general information about whether a student has satisfied the requirements to be on campus or must remain off campus. Specific health information will only be made available consistent with legal and health mandates to do so.

Disclosing your status to the college does not violate HIPAA. HIPAA is designed to protect your medical records held by “covered entities” (medical service providers). While Wenatchee Valley College is not a covered entity, we will still protect individuals’ vaccination data, and it will only be used for official reporting and verification processes.

Isolation and quarantine are strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  The recommendations for isolation, quarantine and testing will vary based on vaccination status. Isolation describes when someone who has COVID-19 symptoms, or has tested positive, stays home and away from others (including household members) to avoid spreading their illness. You can find full quarantine and isolation guidelines under the "COVID-19 Info" tab at wvc.edu/PublicHealth.

Yes. WVC has a COVID-19 vaccination policy. View 000.280 COVID-19 vaccinate campus policy.

 

Questions?

Please contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Services, studentservices@wvc.edu.