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Beginning summer quarter 2022, vaccines will no longer be required for students. Until that time, students taking in-person classes or accessing on-campus services must still be fully vaccinated  (view student FAQs). Medical and religious exemptions are available.

Masks are optional on WVC campuses regardless of vaccination status.

With the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus sweeping through the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has updated their guidance regarding vaccination, testing, quarantine and isolation. This variant also brings with it a faster incubation and infection period, and higher transmission rates.  

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.

Use the tabs below to view student and employee vaccine requirement information and to access general COVID-19 safety information.

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. Students taking only online courses are not required to be vaccinated. Booster shots are recommended. Schedule a booster today.

Students can verify vaccination status 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. 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 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.

“Fully vaccinated” means someone has received:

  • One dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine
  • Two doses, given 28 days apart, of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
  • Two doses, given 21 days apart, of Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

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.

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 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.

Beginning March 12, masks are optional on WVC campuses, regardless of your vaccination status. Masks will still be required in some allied health programs and other specialized settings.

If you test positive for COVID-19, masks will be required for a full 10 days. Work with your COVID supervisor (or instructor) for return to campus guidelines.

If you choose to wear a mask, here are recommendations for choosing a well-fitting mask for the best protection.

Social distancing of a minimum of three feet must be maintained. Six feet of social distance is recommended whenever feasible.

Additional prevention includes:  

  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces  
  • Wash your hands often  
  • Cover coughs and sneezes  
  • Clean and disinfect  
  • Monitor your health daily (and attest whenever on campus)  

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.

If You Test Positive for COVID-19 (Isolate)

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status should:

  • Stay home for 5 days.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house. If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.

If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 (Quarantine)

If you:

  • Have been boosted OR
  • completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months OR
  • completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months

You should:

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5, if possible.
  • If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home. If you test positive, see isolation protocol above.

If you:

  • Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted OR
  • completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted OR
  • are unvaccinated

You should:

  • Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you can’t quarantine you must wear a mask for 10 days.
  • If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home. Test on day 5 if possible. If you test positive, see isolation protocol above.

Read full CDC guidelines here

The Chelan-Douglas Health District notes that “anyone can get tested at the drive-thru sites for COVID-19. You do not need to be symptomatic or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Please be aware that test results can take up to 72 hours. You can contact 509-886-6476 if you have questions regarding your test results.” Find testing locations in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties.  

With the growing number of Omicron cases locally there may be delays in testing availability. In response to local needs, WVC is working with the Chelan County Emergency Operations Center. 

 

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 okbhc.org.

Okanogan County Public Health

OCPH offer resources and tips for staying healthy and preventing the spread of illness. You can learn more at Okanogan County Public Health.

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.

When you receive your COVID-19 vaccine, you get a vaccination card to prove it. 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. Note 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.

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 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

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).
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 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 the start of class. 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.

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.

Wenatchee Valley College first announced the student vaccination requirement on Aug. 5, 2021, 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, 2021, 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. Beginning March 12, 2022, face masks are optional 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.

Beginning March 12, 2022, face masks are optional regardless of vaccination status.

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. Symptom forms are required per the governor's proclamation and are used for contract tracing purposes, if necessary.

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

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.

If You Test Positive for COVID-19 (Isolate)

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status should:

  • Stay home for 5 days.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house. If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.

If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 (Quarantine)

If you:

  • Have been boosted OR
  • completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months OR
  • completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months

You should:

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5, if possible.
  • If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home. If you test positive, see isolation protocol above.

If you:

  • Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted OR
  • completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted OR
  • are unvaccinated

You should:

  • Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you can’t quarantine you must wear a mask for 10 days.
  • If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home. Test on day 5 if possible. If you test positive, see isolation protocol above.

Read full CDC guidelines here

 

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.