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Public Health

As of summer quarter 2022, vaccines are no longer required for students. As of March 12, 2022, masks are optional on WVC campuses regardless of vaccination status.

Wenatchee Valley College will continue to follow the recommendations of federal and local health agencies, including the Chelan-Douglas Health District (CDHD) and the Okanogan County Health District.

The tabs below contain information about the vaccine requirements at WVC. You can also click here to jump to COVID-19 FAQs or to jump to the Health Resources section.

COVID-19 vaccine information

Vaccinations are required for employees. Exemptions are available. The CDC recommends vaccinations and boosters to all eligible adults. Find a vaccine location.

As of summer quarter 2022, vaccinations (including medical or religious exemptions) are no longer required for students unless they are in one of the restricted groups mentioned below.

The vaccination requirement remains in effect for the following groups: 

  • Employees: as mandated by the governor’s office. 
  • Student employees: as mandated by the governor’s office.
  • Student athletes: as required by the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC).
  • Residence Hall: per WVC policies and procedures.
  • Specific academic programs: such as allied health programs and others as required by program accreditors, community partners, etc. 

In accordance with the governor's 21-14.1 proclamation on Aug. 20, 2021, all higher education employees must be vaccinated or receive 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. Booster shots are recommended. Schedule a booster today.

What does it mean to be fully vaccinated?

According to the CDC, everyone, except those who are moderately or severely immunocompromised, is still considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after the single-dose J&J/Janssen vaccine. Fully vaccinated, however, is not the same as having the best protection.  People are best protected when they stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, which includes getting boosters when eligible.

Documenting vaccination status

Employees must document their vaccination status 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.

COVID-19 FAQs

Use the dropdowns to view frequently asked questions concerning COVID-19 and WVC policies. 

No, you do not have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend Wenatchee Valley College. As of summer quarter 2022, vaccinations (including medical or religious exemptions) are no longer required for students unless they are in one of the restricted groups mentioned below. 

The vaccination requirement remains in effect for the following groups: 

  • Employees: as mandated by the governor’s office. 
  • Student employees: as mandated by the governor’s office.
  • Student athletes: as required by the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC).
  • Residence Hall: per WVC policies and procedures.
  • Specific academic programs: such as allied health programs and others as required by program accreditors, community partners, etc. 

All employees, including student employees, have been contacted by Human Resources with instructions for completing the vaccination verification process.

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.

WVC defers to CDC and local health district guidance. 

Read CDC isolation and quarantine guidelines here

No. As of March 12, 2022, masks are optional on WVC campuses regardless of vaccination status. Three feet of social distance is no longer required, per the Washington Department of Health and CDC.

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

To find regional testing locations or report a positive at-home test, contact your local health district:

Chelan-Douglas Health District 

Okanogan Public Health District

The CDC recommends vaccinations and boosters to all eligible adults. 

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

The Washington Department of Health offers information on vaccine safety and efficacy, how and where to get a vaccine and additional FAQs.

The Washington State Department of Health has a regularly updated COVID-19 data dashboard where you can find local case rates. 

You can also use the CDC website to view COVID-19 cases by county: Know Your COVID-19 Community Level

Health resources

Your physical, mental and emotional health is important. WVC and the surrounding community have a number of resources available to students and employees to help them stay safe and healthy.

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.

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 call 911 for a medical emergency, call 988 for the national suicide and crisis hotline or call the local community crisis hotline at 509-662-7105

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

Okanogan County Public Health website

 

Questions?

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