VAX FAQS

VAX FAQS

 

  • What does it mean to be fully vaccinated?
    • Individuals are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after their final dose in a COVID-19 vaccine series. Acceptable COVID-19 vaccines are those that received full approval or emergency use authorization by the FDA or those that received or are undergoing assessment for emergency use listing (PDF) by the World Health Organization.
  • What are the acceptable types of proof of vaccination?
    • If you were immunized in the United States, the CDC vaccination card is the primary source of acceptable proof of vaccination. Other acceptable sources may include formal documentation from your health care provider or state or local department of health. All documentation must include your name, date of birth, vaccine manufacturer, number of doses and date received, vaccine lot number, and site of administration.
    • For Current Students: Please remember to forward documentation of your completed vaccination to medical.records@dartmouth.edu. Please note it may take 7-21 business days for your immunization records to be updated. Remember to sign your Student Vaccination Consent/Release form on your Health Portal so that your vaccination status may be shared with Dartmouth and you can enjoy the benefits of less frequent testing and reduced quarantine.
    • For Incoming Students: Please visit https://students.dartmouth.edu/health-service/medical-records/incoming-student-requirements and choose the appropriate class (Graduate, Undergraduate, or Geisel). Instructions for sending in your Covid-19 vaccine requirements as well as contact information for any questions will be listed there.
  • I have obtained a vaccine outside of the United States that is not currently approved by the CDC or WHO EUA process.  Should I report this and what can I expect?
    • Dartmouth College is currently accepting COVID-19 vaccines are those that received full approval or emergency use authorization by the FDA or those that received or are undergoing assessment for emergency use listing (PDF) by the World Health Organization.  Please submit records of any Covid vaccine you have received.  The documentation should include the equivalent information as outlined above.
    • New Hampshire and the CDC recognize complete vaccination only for those vaccines that have received full approval or emergency use authorization from the FDA.  The CDC has the following recommendations for individuals receiving non-FDA approved vaccines:
      • COVID-19 vaccines not authorized by FDA but listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO)2
        • People who have received all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that is listed for emergency use by WHO do not need any additional doses with an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine.
        • People who have not received all the recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine listed for emergency use by WHO may be offered a complete, FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series.
      • COVID-19 vaccines neither authorized by FDA nor listed for emergency use by WHO
        • People who received all or some of the recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that is neither authorized by FDA nor listed for emergency use by WHO may be offered a complete, FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series.
    • Persons who were vaccinated outside the United States with a non-CDC/WHO–approved vaccine may be offered revaccination with an authorized vaccine at a minimum interval of 28 days since the last dose of the non-authorized vaccine; however, this is not a requirement and no safety or efficacy data are available.
    • Please call for additional nursing guidance at 603-646-9440 or schedule an appointment with a Dartmouth College Health Service provider to review options for additional immunizations.
    • We expect that guidelines for those receiving international COVID-19 vaccines will continue to evolve and we encourage those affected to be on the lookout for new advice from the CDC and NH Department of Health.
  • What if I lose my vaccine documentation?
    • The CDC vaccination card you received is the best means to show you have been vaccinated. Keep it in a safe place and consider taking a picture of each side of the card for future reference. For any additional documentation, contact the healthcare provider who administered the vaccine. Most states require that vaccine providers keep records on paper or in a database. If you are unable to get documentation from the provider, contact your state board of health for assistance.
  • Will we offer COVID-19 vaccine at Dartmouth?
    • Dartmouth has previously partnered with DHMC and the State of NH to vaccinate Dartmouth community members.
    • We plan to offer more vaccination opportunities on campus in the future and can support students who need to be vaccinated due to lack of access to vaccine.
    • There are many local opportunities for Covid-19 vaccine, including sites within walking distance from campus
    • We encourage all students to get vaccinated as soon as they can, whether they live internationally or in the US.
  • What if I am a minor (under 18 years old) and need my COVID-19 vaccine?
    • Please note, anyone under 18 must have consent from a parent or guardian. This can be verbal consent from the parent or guardian onsite at the time of the vaccination, written consent that can be filled out by the parent or guardian in advance or while onsite, or an electronic consent form that can be signed by the parent or guardian at the time of registration.
  • How do I request an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons?
    • Medical exemptions require a letter from your primary care or specialty care provider (who cannot be a family member). Please submit these letters to Medical.Records@Dartmouth.edu. If the documentation is not sufficient to justify an exemption from vaccination, the Dartmouth College Health Service staff reserve the right to request additional documentation, or consultation with additional health care providers. The determination of whether or not an exemption from vaccination is granted rests solely with the staff of Dartmouth College Health Service.   
    • Religious exemptions require a letter written by the student describing the basis for their religious exemption request.  Please submit these letters to Medical.Records@Dartmouth.edu
  • If I receive an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons, will this affect my ability to participate in Dartmouth-sponsored activities?
    • "Dartmouth-sponsored activities" encompasses a vast array of activities, programs and events, and includes activities that are hosted and controlled by third-parties around the world, as well as those organized by Dartmouth at its campus facilities. Applicable health guidelines at Dartmouth and elsewhere continue to evolve in response to available medical data and public health priorities. In certain instances, such guidelines here or elsewhere may prevent unvaccinated persons from participating in certain programs or events, or may limit their access to venues or locations. In other instances, participation may be allowed but require unvaccinated persons to undergo virus testing or follow enhanced social distancing or personal protective equipment requirements. Dartmouth can make no assurance that guidelines applicable to Dartmouth-sponsored activities will permit unvaccinated persons to participate on the same basis and to the same extent as persons who present valid proof of their fully vaccinated status.
    • Currently, non-vaccinated students are required to do screening COVID-19 testing twice a week to access campus.
    • Non-vaccinated students will need to quarantine for 10 days after a known exposure to COVID-19 in accordance with NH public health recommendations.
    • Dartmouth-sponsored travel including athletics may require additional testing and quarantine depending on the destination requirements.
    • Dartmouth will provide reasonable accommodations within Dartmouth-controlled spaces consistent with and as required by law. Students seeking services should contact Student Accessibility Services.