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 does it mean to have "up to date" vaccination?
    • A person is "up to date" on COVID-19 vaccination when they have completed a primary COVID-19 vaccine series (the single-dose J&J Janssen vaccine, or a 2-dose series of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine) AND any booster shots which they are eligible for and recommended to receive. CDC has information about staying up to date on COVID-19 vaccination and who should get a booster shot. Dartmouth requires that all students, faculty, and staff receive all recommended doses in their primary series of COVID-19 vaccine, and one booster dose when eligible, or have an approved exemption.
  • 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 submit your vaccination to Dartmouth's Health Portal or forward documentation of your completed vaccination to medical.records@dartmouth.edu. Please note it may take up to 3 days business days for your COVID-19 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.
    • 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, Axiom Medical, and the State of New Hampshire 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 vaccines.
    • Information on Dartmouth-hosted COVID-19 vaccine clinics will be communicated via email, through VOX daily announcements, and by posting in the vaccination resources section of the Dartmouth Together website.
    • 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.
  • 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  vaccinated status.
    • Roommates and household contacts who are not up to date on their COVID-19 vaccine and have not tested positive for COVID-19 in the prior 90 days are required to quarantine for 10 days after a known exposure to COVID-19 in accordance with NH public health recommendations.  Read close contact testing and quarantine instructions for more information.
    • Dartmouth travel including athletics may require additional testing and quarantine depending on the program and 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.
  • Am I required to receive a COVID-19 booster shot?

Students, faculty, and staff are required to receive all recommended doses in their primary series of COVID-19 vaccine, and one booster dose when eligible, or have an approved exemption.  Students, faculty and staff who are new to Dartmouth must submit documentation of vaccination or an approved exemption before beginning their study or their work at Dartmouth.  Students, faculty and staff who become eligible while at Darmouth must submit documentation of vaccination or an approved exemption within 30 days of becoming eligible.

Accepted COVID-19 vaccines are those that received full approval or emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or those that received or are undergoing assessment for emergency use listing by the World Health Organization.

COVID-19 vaccine exemptions previously granted by Dartmouth may also exempt students from the booster requirement, depending on the terms of those exemptions. Students who were previously approved by Dartmouth for an exemption from the vaccination requirement will be contacted if they need to re-apply. Those whose medical circumstances have changed and have questions regarding exemptions should contact Dartmouth College Health Service.

  •  Am I eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot?

Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information on eligibility for a booster shot.  Currently, the following populations are eligible for boosters:

Initial Vaccine Received

Population

Eligibility

Moderna

Ages 18+

At least 5 months after completing primary COVID-19 vaccination series

Pfizer-BioNTech

Ages 5+

At least 5 months after completing primary COVID-19 vaccination series

Johnson & Johnson

Ages 18+

At least 2 months after completing primary COVID-19 vaccination

Those who are 5 years or older and who have received a World Health Organization emergency use listing (WHO-EUL) vaccine not listed above are eligible for a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster five months after completing their initial vaccine series. 

 

A second booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine may be administered to individuals 12 years of age and older with certain kinds of immunocompromise at least 4 months after receipt of a first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine. These are people who have undergone solid organ transplantation, or who are living with conditions that are considered to have an equivalent level of immunocompromise.

A second booster dose of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine may be administered at least 4 months after the first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine to individuals 18 years of age and older with the same certain kinds of immunocompromise.

 

  •  Which booster shot should I receive? 

CDC guidance indicates that if you are 18 years or older you may choose which COVID-19 vaccine you receive as a booster shot. Some people may prefer to receive a booster that matches the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. This "mix and match" dosing approach for booster shots is approved by the CDC.  

 If you were vaccinated outside the United States with a Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine primary series, you should follow the guidance above for booster shots. 

 Otherwise, if you were vaccinated abroad with other COVID-19 vaccines you can get a booster shot if you are 5 years or older and you either: 

If you meet the above requirements you are eligible for a single booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at least 5 months after getting all recommended doses or completing a mix and match COVID-19 vaccine series.

  • How do I submit my booster shot record?

 Students should submit evidence of their booster shot record to dick's.house.medical.records.@dartmouth.edu

 If a student was 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 the student's name, date of birth, vaccine manufacturer, number of doses and date received, vaccine lot number, and site of administration.

Dartmouth is currently accepting COVID-19 vaccines 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. Students should submit records of any COVID-19 vaccine they have received. The documentation should include the equivalent information as outlined above.