COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan

COVID-19 Vaccine

Getting vaccinated helps protect yourself, your friends, family, coworkers, and your community. Individuals who receive the COVID-19 vaccine will help the Reed community thrive together and thrive in person. We encourage you to read about the many health benefits of COVID-19 vaccination.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements

Students: All students are required to be fully vaccinated (in general, people are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their final vaccine dose) for the 2021–22 academic year with a US Food & Drug Administration Emergency Use or World Health Organization authorized COVID-19 vaccine. The college will also follow Oregon law in permitting students to request exemption from this vaccination requirement for medical or non-medical reasons. Students are required to upload a copy of their COVID-19 vaccination record to the Reed College Student Health and Counseling Center portal. Instructions for uploading immunizations to your Student Health Portal can be found here. For assistance in uploading or faxing immunization documentation, contact the Health and Counseling CenterAs of July 28, 2021, approximately 77% of students have been verified by the college as being fully vaccinated.

If a student has questions or concerns about their ability to meet the college’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements, please contact Reed's COVID-19 Risk Assessment Group.

Employees: Reed College strongly recommends faculty and staff get a COVID-19 vaccine. As of July 28, 2021, 95% of Reed employees have been verified by the college as fully vaccinated. Faculty and staff are asked to report their vaccination status to the college using the vaccination verification tool. The tool will ask you to report the type, date, and state in which you received your vaccine and attach a photo of your COVID-19 vaccination record. If you have questions, contact Human Resources.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ

The following vaccine FAQ reflects current public health guidance and Reed’s COVID-19 prevention planning. The FAQ is subject to change; the Reed COVID-19 Risk Assessment Group will continue to communicate and document changes as they arise.

General questions about the COVID-19 vaccine

What are the schedules and criteria for vaccine distribution in Oregon?

Oregon’s vaccination plan, eligibility criteria, and schedule can be found on the COVID-19 Vaccine in Oregon website.

What are the benefits of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccine is an important tool to help stop the pandemic. Getting vaccinated helps to protect yourself, your friends, your family, your coworkers, and your community. Individuals who receive the COVID-19 vaccine will help the Reed community thrive together and thrive in person. We encourage you to read about the many health benefits of COVID-19 vaccination.

Where can I find current and comprehensive information on COVID-19 vaccines?

We highly recommend that you review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 vaccines website for the most current and comprehensive information on COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States. If you are living, studying, or working in Oregon, we recommend that you review the COVID-19 Vaccine in Oregon website.

If you are a student who is not from Oregon but is in Oregon for college, you can become vaccinated in Oregon. For more information on finding a vaccine outside of Oregon, visit "How Do I Find a COVID-19 Vaccine?" on the CDC website. 

Does Reed recommend one vaccine over another? Will Reed require one brand of vaccine over another?

Reed is not in the position to recommend one vaccine over another, but will require students to receive a COVID-19 vaccine that has been authorized by the US Food & Drug Administration Emergency Use or World Health Organization.

The CDC provides information on who is and is not advised to receive each vaccine and what to expect after vaccination. The CDC also notes each vaccine’s ingredients, safety, and effectiveness. We recommend that you carefully review the CDC website regarding the authorized and recommended vaccines in the United States. As COVID-19 vaccines are authorized and then recommended for use in the United States, it will be important to understand what is known about each vaccine.

Is it recommended that students, faculty, and staff who have already been infected with COVID-19 receive the vaccine for ongoing protection?

Per the CDC, as of March 16, 2021, yes, people should be vaccinated regardless of whether they have already had COVID-19. However, there are exceptions. If you have had COVID-19, see the CDC website for more information and consult with your primary care provider.

How should I prepare for my vaccine appointment and what should I expect during and after the appointment?

We recommend reading Your COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment on the CDC website prior to your vaccine appointment.

Can you mix the types of vaccine you receive? For example, can you receive the first dose of one type and the second of another?

COVID-19 vaccines are not interchangeable. The Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are both two-dose mRNA vaccines, and your second dose needs to be the same vaccine brand as your first. In an exceptional situation in which an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna) given for the first dose cannot be determined or is no longer available, any available mRNA COVID-19 (Pfizer or Moderna) vaccine may be administered at least 28 days from the 1st dose to complete the mRNA COVID-19 vaccination series. If you are in a situation where you are unable to access a second dose of the vaccine you received as your first, please reach out to your healthcare or a vaccination provider to discuss your options.

Vaccine questions specifically for students

When are students eligible for vaccination?

All students are currently eligible in Oregon to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Oregon’s vaccination plan, eligibility criteria, and schedule can be found on the COVID-19 Vaccine in Oregon website.

Are students from out of state eligible to receive the vaccine in Oregon?

Yes, domestic and international students studying in Oregon are eligible for the vaccine in Oregon.

Are international students eligible for vaccines in the United States, in Oregon, and at Reed?

Yes, international students are eligible to receive the vaccine while in the United States.

It is important to note that the United States will only distribute vaccines that have been approved as effective and have received emergency-use designation. Other countries may be using the same or different vaccines, as there are numerous vaccines available globally.

If an international student has a specific question about their circumstances, we recommend they reach out to the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Group at coronavirusquestions@reed.edu.

I do not have access to a WHO-approved vaccine, or I have already received a vaccine not approved by the WHO. What are my options?

Students in these situations or with other extenuating vaccine circumstances should reach out to Reed's Health and Counseling Center (HCC) via email or message them through in the student health portal to discuss and develop an individualized plan.

General questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and Reed

Will vaccination be mandatory to access campus?

All Reed students are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19. At this time, we strongly encourage everyone else to be vaccinated for COVID-19.  We encourage you to read about the many health benefits of COVID-19 vaccination

Will faculty members know who is vaccinated in their individual classes?

Guidelines for operating schools and businesses with vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals are under development by state and county health authorities. We will update this section as this guidance becomes available and before the start of classes. In addition, we will have good information on community-wide vaccination status before the start of fall.

Will Reed track who is vaccinated and who isn't at the college? Will the percentage of Reed community members who have the vaccine be shared publicly? Will vaccination data be added to the Reed COVID-19 dashboard? Are there any steps that students, faculty, and staff should take to inform Reed of their vaccination status?

Reed requires all students to receive a vaccine as outlined above and to share their vaccination status with health and counseling services. The college asks that all staff and faculty share their vaccination status with human resources as outlined above. Community-wide statistics on vaccination status will be provided based on this collected information. We expect to publish a summary of community vaccination on Reed's COVID-19 dashboard in the fall.

What happens if a Reed community member decides not to be vaccinated?

The COVID-19 Risk Assessment Group is currently reviewing guidance for unvaccinated individuals and discussing how it will impact individuals at Reed. This said, the college recommends that all community members educate themselves on the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 testing and the vaccine

Will someone test positive for COVID-19 after they have been vaccinated?

The vaccine will not impact test results that diagnose someone with COVID-19, such as the results of PCR or rapid antigen tests. As with all vaccines, there is a small chance of a “vaccine breakthrough”—in other words, there is a small chance that a vaccinated individual exposed to the virus can develop COVID-19. In this situation, a vaccinated individual may test positive.

The COVID-19 vaccine may cause an individual to test positive with a COVID-19 antibody test. Antibody tests are not used to diagnose someone with COVID-19; rather, they are used to determine if someone has antibodies to respond to COVID-19, developed either through previous infection or through vaccination.

Should Reed community members continue to be surveillance tested for COVID-19 once they have received the vaccine?

At this time, we are still asking those vaccinated individuals accessing campus to continue to participate in surveillance testing. We will update this plan for the fall based on developing guidance from health authorities. 

If someone who is vaccinated later develops COVID-19 symptoms, should they be tested for COVID-19?

Yes. As with all vaccines, there is a small chance of a “vaccine breakthrough”—in other words, there is a small chance that a vaccinated individual exposed to the virus can develop COVID-19. Therefore, a vaccinated individual with COVID-like symptoms should isolate at home while symptomatic and reach out to their health-care provider for evaluation and testing.

Will Reed continue to test for COVID-19 this summer and fall?

Yes. Reed will maintain surveillance testing operations throughout the summer for individuals At this time, we are still asking vaccinated individuals to continue to participate in surveillance testing. We will update this plan based on developing guidance from health authorities. The HCC will offer COVID-19 support throughout the summer, which will include diagnostic COVID-19 testing, if needed. More details on testing operations and requirements for the fall 2021 semester will be shared before the start of the fall semester.