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Vaccination and Diagnostic Testing Notification

As you are likely aware, the Pfizer vaccine was fully approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday, August 23.  This action by the FDA triggers the activation of the Palomar College Vaccination and Immunization Plans for all employees and students taking face-to-face courses.

As originally designed, the District’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Immunization Plan, provides students taking face-to-face classes and all employees with six (6) weeks from the effective date of the vaccine receiving full FDA approval to become fully vaccinated.  To provide students and employees with a more reasonable amount of time to provide proof of complete vaccination, or receive an approved medical or religious exemption, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and EOC Policy team have established Monday, October 11 as the deadline for all employees and students taking face-to-face courses to comply.

Employees are able to submit proof of vaccination by emailing a copy of their vaccination record to benefits@palomar.edu.

Students
taking face-to-face courses can submit proof of vaccination or a request for a religious or medical exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine through the My Palomar student portal. Instructions to do so are available here.

Due to the expectation that we will have students and employees filing for a COVID-19 vaccine exemption, we have established a mandatory weekly diagnostic screening of unvaccinated employees working onsite, and unvaccinated students taking courses onsite. The testing will begin on October 11.   It is important to understand that the testing procedure is in addition to the health and safety measures currently in place.  You can find a complete list of COVID-19 mitigation and prevention strategies here.

We also have convenient vaccination clinics scheduled at the main campus and education centers.  You can find the vaccination event schedule here.

Because we are within a critical point of the semester to retain our students, the EOC and EOC Policy team are collaborating to add to our existing COVID-19 mitigation and prevention strategies during the fall semester.  These efforts are currently being discussed with our collective bargaining units.

Palomar College employees should address their concerns or questions to their supervisor.  Students are encouraged to email vpstudentservices@palomar.edu with questions.

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