COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

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Purpose

Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) has adopted this COVID-19 vaccine requirement to help safeguard the health of students, faculty, staff, visitors, and the community. This requirement is consistent with SFCC’s values and its response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This requirement is intended to comply with all federal, state, and local laws, and public health mandates.

Scope and Applicability

This COVID-19 vaccine requirement applies to all students, faculty, staff, tenants, and regular visitors/users of the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center for the 2021-2022 academic year. It does not apply to vendors, customers, volunteers, or visitors; however, these groups are required to follow SFCC’s on-campus safety protocols. SFCC Foundation, Santa Fe Higher Education Center, William C. Witter Fitness Education Center, and SBDC also fall within the scope of this requirement. Kids Campus follows both SFCC requirements and ECECD guidelines for childcare. This requirement also applies to SFCC tenants including but not limited to KSFR-FM, La Familia Medical Center at SFCC, The Masters Program, Innovation Center partners housed on campus, among other tenants.

Vaccine Requirements

All students taking in-person courses are required to have at least one dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine no later than January 18, 2022. Students who receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines will have until February 18, 2022 to receive the second dose and may continue attending classes.

Students enrolled in online-only programs and not accessing campus for any reason are exempt from the vaccination requirement.

All current faculty and staff are required to have received at least their first Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine or single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine by November 30, 2021. All SFCC employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Convocation on January 6, 2022.

Those who are unvaccinated and have filed for an exemption will coordinate with their supervisor and the Office of Human Resources to determine an appropriate and case-by-case work arrangement.

All faculty and staff hired after Jan. 6 are required to have at least one shot or be fully vaccinated.

All students, faculty, and staff must provide documentation of full or partial vaccination using a vaccine authorized by FDA License or under an FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Failure to comply with this requirement may result in discipline up to and including being dropped from classes or termination of employment (SFCC Policy 2-2 Student Corrective Action and Disciplinary Action; SFCC Policy 4-2 Employee Corrective Action and Disciplinary Action).

Vaccine Administration

Students, staff, and faculty are responsible for scheduling and obtaining all recommended doses of an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine or a COVID-19 vaccine granted Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA. Employees may receive the vaccine during regularly scheduled work hours contingent on supervisory approval. Supervisors must approve sick, annual, or personal leave to take the vaccine during working hours to minimize business interruptions.

How to Provide Proof of Vaccination

The online system to upload proof of vaccination is available to students, faculty, and staff. Proof of vaccination must be submitted via the SFCC Health Screener App. Review instructions on how to upload proof of vaccination.

Please note, the SFCC FastPass/VaxPass are no longer valid forms of proof of vaccination. You must upload your proof of vaccination using the SFCC Health Screener App.

Documentation will be verified before being approved. For application support or assistance uploading vaccination card, contact vaxaid@sfcc.edu.

Exemption Requirements and Requests

With the FDA’s full approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Aug. 23, 2021, permitted exemptions from the vaccine requirement are restricted to health conditions or religious beliefs approved by the SFCC Covid Vaccine Exemption Review Panel.

Students and Employees must submit completed exemption forms to VaxExemption@sfcc.edu.

Your identity and documents will be kept confidential under applicable federal and state law.

Students

Exempt students who are registered for classes that have an in-person component must:

  • Consult with an advisor or instructor to identify existing online only alternatives.
  • Wear a mask in all shared indoor settings at all times.
  • Complete the COVID-19 Screener in the SFCC Health Screener app on the days you are on campus.
  • NOT come on campus if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or are sick.

SFCC will contact unvaccinated students who have filed a statement of exemption with alternative online-only course offerings.

Students who are completing a 100% remote online program during the Spring 2022 semester are exempt from the vaccination requirement.

Unvaccinated and Vaccine-Exempt Faculty and Staff

Unvaccinated and Vaccine-Exempt faculty or staff who work on campus are required to:

  • Wear a mask in all shared indoor settings at all times.
  • Complete the COVID-19 Screener in the SFCC Health Screener app whenever you are on campus.
  • NOT come on campus if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or are sick.
  • Follow current SFCC COVID-19 protocols.

Required COVID-19 Testing

Individuals who have a pending or approved Religious or Medical exemption from receiving the vaccine are required to submit to weekly Covid-19 testing.

Who does this apply to?

SFCC students and employees who have a pending or approved Religious or Medical exemption or accommodation from the vaccine requirement are subject to regular COVID testing and must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test every seven calendar days.

What tests are accepted?

Only PCR or NAAT tests will be accepted.  Mail-order PCR saliva tests are acceptable. In-home or rapid antigen tests are not acceptable for meeting the testing requirement.

Where do I get tested?

The Covid tests will be at the expense of the student or employee.  Please view this NMDOH testing and screening site for testing resources.

Where do I report my results?

Employees and students must submit their test results as soon as they are received, but no later than Friday each week. Information on how to submit your test results will be shared with those who qualify for exemptions. Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test is due every seven (7) calendar days.

What if my test results are Positive?

If you test positive, you should quarantine yourself, report your positive diagnosis using instructions available on SFCC’s contact tracing site.

Modifications

Government and public health guidelines and restrictions, and business and industry best practices regarding COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines, are changing rapidly as new information becomes available, further research is conducted, and additional vaccines are approved and distributed. The College reserves the right to modify this requirement at any time in its sole discretion to adapt to changing circumstances and business needs, consistent with its commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

Non-Retaliation

The College prohibits any form of discipline, intimidation, or retaliation for reporting, in good faith, a violation of these requirements or any other health and safety concern.

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement FAQs

Students

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The SFCC FastPass/VaxPass are no longer valid forms of proof of vaccination. You must upload your proof of vaccination using the SFCC Health Screener App.

Categories: COVID-19EmployeeFacultyStudentVaccine Requirement
  • Required COVID-19 Testing
    Individuals who have a pending or approved Religious or Medical exemption from receiving the vaccine are required to submit to weekly Covid-19 testing.
  • Who does this apply to?
    SFCC students and employees who have a pending or approved Religious or Medical exemption or accommodation from the vaccine requirement are subject to regular COVID testing and must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test every seven calendar days.
  • What tests are accepted?
  • Only PCR or NAAT tests will be accepted.  Mail-order PCR saliva tests are acceptable. In-home or rapid antigen tests are not acceptable for meeting the testing requirement.
  • Where do I get tested?The Covid tests will be at the expense of the student or employee.  Please view this NMDOH testing and screening site for testing resources.
  • Where do I report my results?Employees and students must submit their test results to…(Needs to be Determined) as soon as they are received, but no later than Friday each week. Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test is due every seven (7) calendar days.
  • What if my test results are Positive?If you test positive, you should quarantine yourself, report your positive diagnosis using instructions available on SFCC’s contact tracing site.

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Currently, vaccinated students must always wear masks when indoors. This requirement is subject to change based on updated guidance from the New Mexico Department of Health and the CDC. Vaccinated students or employees are not required to be tested.

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Students enrolled in online-only programs and not coming to campus for any reason are exempt from the vaccination requirement.

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Yes. Students, including international students, must receive a vaccine authorized by the Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization.

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Dual credit and secondary school students will adhere to their school district policies regarding vaccination and re-entry. However, SFCC will enforce its vaccine requirement for SFCC in-person classes for everyone.

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Only unvaccinated individuals with exemptions are allowed to access student support services and must follow all SFCC health and safety protocols while on campus.

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All SFCC students and employees are required to be vaccinated to attend the FEC after the vaccine requirement has gone into effect. In addition, drop-in visitors to the FEC must provide proof of vaccination to FEC welcome staff when checking in.

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Yes, all faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated, even if they have already had COVID-19.

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Please visit https://www.sfcc.edu/covid/vax-requirement/ for instructions on requesting an exemption.

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  • You must always wear a mask in all shared indoor settings.
  • You must complete the COVID-19 Screener in the SFCC Health Screener app on the days when you are on campus. 
  • You must not come on campus if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. 
  • You are required to follow current SFCC COVID-19 protocols.

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In some cases, particular programs and policies may be different based on specific clinical requirements. Students, please refer to your program director or clinical coordinator for the most recent vaccine requirements. These requirements are based on what is required by our clinical partners.


Faculty and Staff

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 Adjunct faculty who teach only online and do not come onto campus are not required to submit proof of vaccination. If these individuals are required to come onto campus for any reason, however, they are required to abide by the SFCC vaccine requirement. These criteria do not apply to staff or non-adjunct faculty.

Categories: COVID-19EmployeeFacultyStudentVaccine Requirement

The SFCC FastPass/VaxPass are no longer valid forms of proof of vaccination. You must upload your proof of vaccination using the SFCC Health Screener App.

Categories: COVID-19EmployeeFacultyStudentVaccine Requirement
  • Required COVID-19 Testing
    Individuals who have a pending or approved Religious or Medical exemption from receiving the vaccine are required to submit to weekly Covid-19 testing.
  • Who does this apply to?
    SFCC students and employees who have a pending or approved Religious or Medical exemption or accommodation from the vaccine requirement are subject to regular COVID testing and must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test every seven calendar days.
  • What tests are accepted?
  • Only PCR or NAAT tests will be accepted.  Mail-order PCR saliva tests are acceptable. In-home or rapid antigen tests are not acceptable for meeting the testing requirement.
  • Where do I get tested?The Covid tests will be at the expense of the student or employee.  Please view this NMDOH testing and screening site for testing resources.
  • Where do I report my results?Employees and students must submit their test results to…(Needs to be Determined) as soon as they are received, but no later than Friday each week. Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test is due every seven (7) calendar days.
  • What if my test results are Positive?If you test positive, you should quarantine yourself, report your positive diagnosis using instructions available on SFCC’s contact tracing site.

Categories: COVID-19StudentVaccine Requirement

Currently, vaccinated students must always wear masks when indoors. This requirement is subject to change based on updated guidance from the New Mexico Department of Health and the CDC. Vaccinated students or employees are not required to be tested.

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In order to attend in-person classes at SFCC in the Spring Semester 2022, students must report their full or partial vaccination status or exemption by January 18.

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Students who do not comply with the vaccine requirement may be dropped from their classes and have a hold placed on their account which will prevent students from registering for future classes. Unvaccinated students may also have the option of enrolling in courses that are 100% online. 

Categories: COVID-19EmployeeFacultyFitness CenterStudentVaccine Requirement

All SFCC students and employees are required to be vaccinated to attend the FEC after the vaccine requirement has gone into effect. In addition, drop-in visitors to the FEC must provide proof of vaccination to FEC welcome staff when checking in.

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Yes. Because the Pfizer vaccine has been granted full FDA approval, the only permitted exemptions from the vaccine requirement after January 6, 2022 will be for health conditions or religious beliefs. Any unvaccinated faculty, staff, or tenant remaining unvaccinated is required to request an exemption, refer to “Exemption Requirements and Requests” on https://www.sfcc.edu/covid/vax-requirement/

Categories: COVID-19EmployeeFacultyStudentVaccine Requirement

Yes, all faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated, even if they have already had COVID-19.

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Faculty and staff are encouraged to be vaccinated as soon as possible to avoid not meeting the vaccine requirement deadline. Faculty and staff who are not able to meet the vaccination deadline due to a recent COVID-19 diagnosis are required to get vaccinated as soon as they have met the appropriate window of time following their COVID-19 diagnosis.

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Yes. You are not automatically exempt from the vaccination requirement, refer to “Exemption Requirements and Requests.” on https://www.sfcc.edu/covid/vax-requirement/

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All employees must have the first dose for Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single dose of Johnson & Johnson OR have an approved medical or religious exemption.

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You and your supervisor will receive notification of non-compliance.

You may request 30 days of leave without pay to get in compliance, although your supervisor may not be able to approve this Leave Without Pay if the supervisor determines that vital work will not be done.

If you are approved to be on a Leave Without Pay status, you cannot remote work and cannot use paid leave options (e.g., sick, annual, or personal leave).

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You and your supervisor will receive notification that you are not in compliance. At that time, you will receive a Notice of Intended Disciplinary Action as provided for under 4-2:  Employee Corrective Action and Disciplinary Action Policy, which enables you to schedule a meeting with your supervisor and the Director of Human Resources to provide any additional information you think is needed to understand why you were not able to come into compliance by January 6. In accordance with Policy 4-2, thereafter the Office of Human Resources will notify you and your supervisor of their determination regarding your status. You will remain on Leave Without Pay until the Office of Human Resources has made a determination.

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You will upload your proof of vaccine via the SFCC Health Screener app and wait to receive approval to return to campus from the Office of Human Resources.

If your documents are approved, you can access the campus. You will need to coordinate with your supervisor before you return to campus as they have made arrangements for your absence and may need time to coordinate your return.

Authority

U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
SFCC Policy 2-2 Student Corrective Action and Disciplinary Action
SFCC Policy 4-2 Employee Corrective Action and Disciplinary Action