April 29: Fall COVID-19 Vaccination Information
COVID-19 Vaccination Expectations
Concordia College welcomes the opportunities to resume more normal operations and community life that will be possible when students and employees are vaccinated. We urge all for whom it is appropriate to be vaccinated. Information about how to receive a vaccination in the Fargo-Moorhead area is included at the end of this message.
We have set a goal to see 85% of Concordia students and employees vaccinated by August 1, 2021 and are making decisions that support that goal.
Students will be required to report/provide evidence that they have been vaccinated or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before returning to campus in the fall. Any student who is not vaccinated will need to participate in periodic COVID-19 testing in the fall.
Today, the survey responses indicate that 72% of our employees have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine. The college strongly encourages employees to be vaccinated. Concordia will continue to monitor and take into consideration any federal and state guidance regarding vaccinations and employment.
Why get vaccinated?
In addition to the health protection vaccines provide to individuals, there are community benefits in play when we collectively are vaccinated:
No need for fully vaccinated people without symptoms to quarantine and test following a known exposure to COVID
Relaxed guests/visitation policies in residence halls
Decreased distancing in teaching spaces, allowing more in-person learning
Performing arts events with larger audience and with larger groups of student participants
Resuming international and domestic travel opportunities and eliminating the need to self-isolate after travel
Increased on-campus events, with fewer event restrictions
The college will continue to guide its COVID-19 mitigation strategies in light of Minnesota Department of Health and CDC recommendations.
College communication will continue throughout the summer at least twice per month. In the June communication students will receive information on how to report they have had the COVID-19 vaccination. Students not getting the vaccine will need to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to arriving on campus in the fall and will participate in periodic COVID-19 testing. Timelines for these expectations will be provided along with information about what students should do if they are unable to meet these expectations.