Saddleback College - Vaccination Requirement

The Saddleback College, South Orange County Community College District has approved a vaccine requirement for all students taking in-person or hybrid classes at Saddleback College, IVC, ATEP, or satellite locations.

If you are neither vaccinated nor planning on being vaccinated, we encourage you to enroll only in online classes.

Per the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a person is considered "fully vaccinated" after two weeks have passed since they completed a COVID-19 vaccine series. For example, two weeks after 1 dose of the Janssen/J&J vaccine, or two weeks after the 2nd dose of Moderna/Pfizer.

Verify Your Vaccination Status

If you are planning to take an in-person or hybrid class this semester and are not seeking a religious or medical exemption, you will need to verify your vaccination status.

You will need your Saddleback College email address to log into the vaccination verification upload site. This email address is found in your MySite. The secure email will NOT be sent to your forwarding email address.

This email address is activated 24-72 hours after you submit your application.

Click on this link to securely enter your vaccination information or state provided QR code (for students enrolling for in-person or hybrid classes only).

Students who do not verify their vaccination status will not be allowed to enroll in any in-person or hybrid classes in which they have enrolled, until verification has been confirmed by the college.

For step-by-step instructions to submit your vaccination status, click on a link below:

 

Partially Vaccinated Protocol

Students who are partially vaccinated must upload proof of their vaccination and then fill out the online agreement to test twice weekly to be considered to attend in-person classes. Should you be approved, you will be required to complete COVID testing two times a week to attend in-person classes.

Where to Get Vaccinated

The Student Health and Wellness Center no longer offers vaccines. Click here to find a vaccine that is free and readily available in your community. Everyone 5 years of age and older is eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine. For step-by-step instructions on how to find a vaccine by zip code, download How to Find a Vaccine Instructions here.

Exemption Process

Students may click here to fill out a form to request a COVID-related vaccine exemption based on a sincerely-held religious belief.

Students may click here to fill out a form to request a COVID-related vaccine exemption based on a medical condition.

Exemption requests based on religious beliefs will be accepted through May 12, 2022 for Summer classes and through August 11, 2022 for Fall classes. Exemption requests based on medical conditions are accepted on an ongoing basis.

All exemption requests are reviewed by a panel of college and district administrators and if approved, are valid for in-person attendance at both Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College. Exemption approvals may take 24 hours or longer to record in MySite before you are allowed to register for on-campus classes.

Testing Requirements and Processes

Should your exemption be accepted, you will be required to complete COVID testing two times a week to attend in-person classes. All students must abide by the testing requirements of SOCCCD to avoid being disenrolled (dropped) regardless of whether that student attends a class or not that week. It is suggested that students test on non-consecutive days from Monday through Thursday of each week to avoid being dropped on Thursday at the end of the business day.

Testing is the responsibility of the student who has requested and received an exemption from being vaccinated If a student does not comply with a required week of testing, the student is subject to being disenrolled (dropped) from in-person/hybrid classes.

Students should obtain either a COVID PCR or Rapid Antigen test from a State approved laboratory. Printed results must be printed on the official letterhead of the testing facility. Over the counter/home tests will not be accepted. Click here for testing locations in Orange County.

State-approved test results must be submitted within 24 hours of receiving the result. Results will be accepted at the Testing Trailer located in Lot 5B, behind the Baseball Field, at Saddleback Campus. Testing Trailer is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 am to 5:45 pm. Digital results must have the appropriate medical provider and state licensing number for verification. COVID test results can also be faxed to the Saddleback College, Student Health and Wellness Center (SC-SHWC) at SC at 949-582-4227. Free faxing apps can be easily downloaded from your phone's App store.

Free testing at On-Campus Covid Clinic

Free on-campus testing is available from 7:30 am to 5:45 pm Monday through Thursday at the testing trailer located in Lot 5B, behind the baseball field, on the Saddleback campus.

Applicants must complete the Covid Clinic coverage of testing form:

Questions? Email Covid Clinic at k12@covidclinic.org.

Students who do not comply with the required testing will be dropped from in-person/hybrid classes.

Positive COVID-19 Test Result

If a student tests positive, they must immediately report the positive test result to the Saddleback College Student Health Center at 949-582-4606. If the student was tested on campus at the COVID-19 Clinic they will be notified immediately by the nurse who is testing them and will receive an email of the COVID-19 Positive result. All students with a positive test result will be asked to leave and/or remain off campus for a minimum of 5 days, or longer if still symptomatic.

 

Vaccine Requirement FAQs

Is this a one-time requirement or will I be required to get boosters or annual shots?

This is a permanent policy. SOCCCD follows both CDC and local health guidance. Infectious disease experts anticipate that boosters will be necessary and may be required.

What does "fully vaccinated" mean? Does it refer to one or two shots depending on the vaccine? Does it include a period of time after the dose for an immune response?

Per the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a person is considered "fully vaccinated" after two weeks have passed since they completed a COVID-19 vaccine series. For example, two weeks after 1 dose of the Janssen/J&J vaccine, or two weeks after the 2nd dose of Moderna/Pfizer. Per Centers for Disease Control (CDC), getting a second booster is not necessary to be considered up to date at this time.

What is the policy for dual enrollment students – minors vs adults?

All students taking in-person or hybrid courses on Saddleback College's main campus are subject to our vaccination requirement. Only adult students taking courses at satellite locations are subject to our vaccination requirement (i.e. minors enrolled in courses at satellite locations are not required to show proof of vaccination or be awarded an exemption).

Do you have general information on what faith based organizations say about vaccinations?

If you have requested, or plan to request an exception to the SOCCCD vaccination requirement based on a religious objection, click here to download a document we have prepared that gives some general information on what various faith based organizations have said about getting vaccinated along with more information about the vaccines themselves.

 

About Vaccines & Where To Get Them

The FDA has granted full approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine for people ages 16 and older and for Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine for people 18 years and older. In most situations, Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 mRNA vaccines are preferred. The Janssen/J&J vaccine has emergency use authorization (EUA) and may be considered in some situations.

Will a vaccine that is under emergency use authorization (EUA) and not final FDA approval satisfy the requirement?

Yes, the Janssen/J&J vaccine has emergency use authorization (EUA) and will satisfy the vaccination requirement..

How can students get vaccines? Will the College offer vaccinations?

Our college encourages students and their families to look for opportunities near their homes to be vaccinated, such as local pharmacies, and their primary care providers. All people ages 5 and above across the United States are now eligible to receive a vaccine. In California, you may also seek a vaccination appointment online at myturn.ca.gov or by calling 1-833-422-4255. The college no longer offers vaccines.

Will the Colleges accept internationally approved vaccines even if not authorized or approved in the United States?

Yes, we will accept any of vaccines authorized by the World Health Organization (WHO). A document summarizing the status of a wide range of international vaccines can be found online on the WHO's website (click on link to status of COVID-19 vaccines in the EUL/PQ evaluation process).

I was vaccinated in a country where the government increased the time between first and second vaccines longer than US labeling. Do I have to be revaccinated?

No. If you have proof of completing a series of any FDA-licensed or FDA- or WHO-authorized vaccine consistent with your country's implementation, you will be considered to have been fully vaccinated.

 

Information for Athletes

I am a student athlete and am already getting tested 3 times per week. Now I have an exemption — will my athletic-related tests count toward my twice-weekly exemption requirement?

Yes. If you have been approved for an exemption, you are still required to sign and return the Exemption Agreement to make your exemption official.

 

Who can help?

I am struggling to upload of my proof of vaccination. How can the college help me? Can I go somewhere on campus to get help, or can I call a phone number or access a website to get help?

Student Tech Support (summer hours):
In-person support: M–TH 8:00AM–7:00PM (LRC & Library building) – Closed Fridays, weekends, and holidays.
Email: scstudenttechsupport@saddleback.edu
Phone: 949-582-4363
Zoom: Available upon request.

Student Services Health Center:
In-person: SSC 177 M–TH 8:00AM–5:00PM