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Vaccine Requirement Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your patience as we work through the details of the new vaccine mandate.

Vaccine Mandate Update: May 17, 2022

Student Resources

Vaccine Mandate Site

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Upload your COVID-19 vaccination information if you need to physically enter any District building and do not have an approved medical or religious exemption.

Submit COVID Vaccine Card

COVID Reporting

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Student procedures have been revised to align with recently updated guidance from the California Department of Public Health and Cal-OSHA.

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Below are answers to some frequently asked questions. We will continue to provide more details as they become available.

To submit your questions, send an email to covid-19@scccd.edu.

Section 1: Vaccinations

Consistent with recommendations and directives from the State of California and the federal government, the Board of Trustees at the August 23, 2021 Board meeting, directed the Chancellor effective October 15, 2021, to ensure that all employees, students, contractors, and visitors present proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition to physically access any District building. As of May 17, 2022, the District will continue to require twice-weekly testing for all students, faculty, and staff except for those showing proof of vaccination.

As of May 17, 2022, the District will continue to require twice-weekly testing for all students, faculty, and staff except for those showing proof of vaccination.


Students are encouraged to upload their vaccination status at least two weeks prior to the beginning of classes.

In general, people are considered fully vaccinated:

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

Proof of vaccination (vaccine card or other documentation) is required. You can report your COVID vaccine on the COVID Vaccine Submission page on the District portal. You can also access that page under the “SCCCD Resource Links” on the District Portal. If you self-attested in the portal previously but did not upload proof of vaccination, you will need to do so now. Your vaccination information will be secure and held confidentially by the District.

At this time, trained staff will review the uploaded vaccination cards. If staff have a question or concerns about the card, they may reach out to the cardholder to review the card in person or review the card in the state-wide database. The Response Teams will spot-check vaccination cards as needed.

For the student vaccine cards that will be uploaded, we are working to link to The California Immunization Registry (CAIR2), a secure, confidential, statewide computerized immunization information system for California residents.

The State of California offers a digital COVID-19 vaccine portal. The portal provides a digital copy of your vaccine record. If you received your vaccination from a federal agency (e.g., Department of Defense, Indian Health Services, or Veterans Affairs), you will need to reach out to those agencies for assistance with your vaccination record. You may request a Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record through the California Department of Public Health. Once received, follow the steps to upload proof of vaccination. You can report your COVID vaccine on the COVID Vaccine Submission page on the District portal.

One may also go to Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record and follow these steps:

  • Fill out your first name, last name, and date of birth.
  • Check “Cell Phone” or “Email” and enter the cell phone number or email address you used when filling out your vaccine paperwork. If you do not recall which cell phone number or email address you used, you may attempt with multiple numbers and addresses.
  • Choose a 4-digit code that you will use to retrieve your vaccine record. This is a new code, not something you previously gave to the vaccine site. Make sure you write it down.
  • Read the legal disclosure and check it, if you agree.
  • If the process was successful, you will receive a link by text or email; if the process was not successful, try again with a different phone number or email.
  • Click the link and input your 4-digit code to receive information on how to get your new digital record.

As of May 17, 2022, the District will continue to require twice-weekly testing for all students, faculty, and staff except for those showing proof of vaccination.

As of May 17, 2022, the District will continue to require twice weekly testing for all students, faculty, and staff except for those showing proof of vaccination. Therefore, the additional requirement for unvaccinated individuals to seek a vaccine exemption is no longer needed. Employees refusing to comply with the COVID-19 mandate will be placed on involuntary paid administrative leave. Spectators attending an indoor athletic, academic, or art event must show proof of being fully vaccinated or a negative COVID-19 test with a specimen taken no more than 72 hours before entry into District facilities. Students will need to be fully vaccinated before the start of classes.

Testing is available at Fresno City College OAB Room 114, Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Reedley College in the outdoor tent near the Cafeteria, Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Clovis Community College AC1 Bldg, Room 187 Monday & Wednesday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Tuesday & Thursday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Madera Community College R3D Portable Building from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

No. However, to maximize protection from COVID-19 and prevent possibly spreading it to others, all individuals are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated. If you choose to come to campus to access services onsite, like counseling, tutoring and the library, you will be required to test twice weekly unless you can show proof of vaccination...

COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all people 5 years and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or who might become pregnant in the future. New data from the CDC released on August 11 suggests that vaccines are safe during pregnancy. Employees may contact the Human Resources department for potential options. This is a confidential process.

Register at myturn.ca.gov or call 833-422-4255 and schedule your appointment for a clinic in the community.

Employee health information is protected under applicable employment laws and is kept separately from the personnel file. Student health information is protected by Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a federal law enacted in 1974 that protects the privacy of student education records.

For the student vaccine cards that will be uploaded, that system will be linked to The California Immunization Registry (CAIR2) which is a secure, confidential, statewide computerized immunization information system for California residents.

Yes, all COVID-19 vaccines offered under emergency use authorization (EUA) or full approval by the FDA, as granted to Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on August 23, 2021, will satisfy the vaccination requirement.

Initial supplies have been paid for by the federal government. All of SCCCD’s health plans cover CDC-recommended vaccines administered by an employee’s primary care physician or at a local pharmacy.

Students should contact their faculty/instructors regarding minor illnesses or disability services to address any significant issues.

Contractors and Spectators 12 years and older attending an indoor athletic, academic, or art event must show proof of being fully vaccinated or a negative COVID-19 test with a specimen taken no more than 72 hours before entry into District facilities.

As of May 17, 2022, the District will continue to require twice-weekly testing for all students, faculty, and staff except for those showing proof of vaccination.

Design Science High School students are also Fresno City College students. As such they follow FCC guidelines and rules, as well as FUSD guidelines. Vaccines for students are not a new concept for them. Students are to be vaccinated before entering Kindergarten and also be vaccinated (and show proof) upon entering 8th grade. This will be just another step in that vaccination path as they enter college. Fresno Unified School District (FUSD) has reported that the vast majority of Design Science High School students have benefited from the FCC Vaccine Voucher Program. For those students who are under 16, FUSD and FCC staff are working with parents to advise them of their educational options

As of May 17, 2022, the District will continue to require twice-weekly testing for all students, faculty, and staff except for those showing proof of vaccination.

We do not have survey data. However, anecdotal evidence indicates that some students were considering dropping classes because they did not feel safe being in confined areas with other unvaccinated students. We also understand that some students who serve as caretakers for vulnerable populations have a heightened fear of potential exposure from unvaccinated persons.

There is a national survey on this topic that appears to echo what we are hearing anecdotally; students support vaccine mandates. You can read the full report from Inside Higher Ed.

As of May 17, 2022, the District will continue to require twice-weekly testing for all students, faculty, and staff except for those showing proof of vaccination.

As of May 17, 2022, the District will continue to require twice-weekly testing for all students, faculty, and staff except for those showing proof of vaccination.

As of May 17, 2022, the District will continue to require twice-weekly testing for all students, faculty, and staff except for those showing proof of vaccination.

Non-compliance will be treated the same as any other non-compliance issue and will be subject to disciplinary action under the Education Code, District policies and regulations, Personnel Commission rules, and applicable collective bargaining agreements.

Visitors are also required to present proof of being fully vaccinated. Spectators attending an indoor athletic, academic, or art event must show proof of being fully vaccinated or a negative COVID-19 test with a specimen taken no more than 72 hours before entry into District facilities.

The counties decide where to place the testing and vaccination sites. However, the campuses have been working with the counties and have several dates for testing and or vaccinations.

Testing is available at Fresno City College OAB Room 114, Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Reedley College in the outdoor tent near the Cafeteria, Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Clovis Community College AC1 Bldg, Room 187 Monday & Wednesday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Tuesday & Thursday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Madera Community College R3D Portable Building from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

According to public health officials, individuals can be vaccinated after completing the isolation period, they do not have to wait 90 days. Individuals who test positive before they receive their second dose may continue to receive the final dose at or after the normal interval.

Yes, the Vaccine Mandate Implementation Team has contracted with third-party vendors.

At this time, the Vaccine Mandate Implementation Team will continue to rely on the CDC’s definition of “fully vaccinated.” This definition does not currently require a booster shot to be fully vaccinated.

Spectators attending athletic, academic, or art events must show proof of being fully vaccinated or a negative COVID-19 test with a specimen taken no more than 72 hours before entry into District facilities.

The District Office continuously monitors and consults with our local public health officials for guidance regarding work-from-home or stay-at-home recommendations.

Effective Monday, July 18, 2022, all SCCCD employees will return to “pre-pandemic” work schedules and work in-person in preparation for the fall semester.

Students need to be fully vaccinated before the start of classes or risk losing their seat to students who are on the waitlist. If you have started the vaccination process contact your Vice President of Student Services.

Section 2: Facial Coverings

Beginning March 21, 2022, the District’s facial covering “requirement” for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals moved to “highly recommend” wearing of a facial covering by all individuals in indoor settings. The only exception is in those areas where healthcare services are being provided.

For those individuals with health concerns about removing their facial covering, the District supports every individuals’ choice to wear or not wear a facial covering. As a community, we must continue to respect and honor the choices of all individuals who feel more comfortable wearing a mask, who may be immunocompromised, or who are taking additional steps to protect their families or others.

N95 and KN-95 respirators are highly encouraged for voluntary use only, excluding medical professionals where they are part of the employer-required personal protective equipment.

Section 3: Testing

As of May 17, 2022, the District will continue to require twice-weekly testing for all students, faculty, and staff except for those showing proof of vaccination.

Testing is available at Fresno City College OAB Room 114, Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Reedley College in the outdoor tent near Staff Dining, Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Clovis Community College AC1 Bldg, Room 187 Monday & Wednesday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Tuesday & Thursday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Madera Community College R3D Portable Building from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Employees who are also a student - currently enrolled, new applicant, applied or attended last term but are not currently enrolled (missed one primary term) – will need to use their student ID and password to access their COVID test results.

Section 4: Athletics

All SCCCD athletic teams are governed by the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA). In order to compete in any sport, all athletes and department personnel were required to be tested weekly and within 48 hours of any intercollegiate competition. As of Fall 2021-22, 100% of all athletic department personnel and athletes must be tested weekly unless the athlete is vaccinated. If an athlete or department personnel is vaccinated, there is no testing requirement unless that person becomes symptomatic.

Spectators attending an indoor athletic event must show proof of being fully vaccinated or a negative COVID-19 test with a specimen taken no more than 72 hours before entry into District facilities.

Section 5: Miscellaneous

They were here last spring and will be invited back next spring. Employees can contact STRS through their website to schedule an appointment with an STRS retirement counselor.

Section 6: Additional Questions

Below are questions that have been submitted and the District is working to address. The answers to these questions will be added to this Frequently Asked Questions document. Please continue to check this page for updates.

Student Related Questions:

  1. Who can students talk to about their concerns surrounding the mandates?
    • Students may send their concerns to bot570@scccd.edu
  2. Will students only have to verify once for all District colleges and facilities?
    • Yes
  3. Who will communicate vaccination status to A & R for enrollment implications (restrictions/drops)?
    • Your campus administrator