COVID Vaccinations for Faculty Staff and Students

Denise Hudgin

Mercy College’s parent organization, Bon Secours Mercy Health (BSMH) has notified the College that it is NOW REQUIRING THE COVID VACCINATION! This applies to all faculty, staff, and students. We have been notified by BSMH that it is requiring all students, faculty, and staff to be fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022. If you come to either the Toledo Campus or Youngstown location or participate in any clinical activity (online student or face-to-face student), you will be expected to fulfill this requirement.

In order to meet the final dose deadline, faculty staff, and students who plan to receive the two-dose Moderna/Pfizer should receive their first dose no later than DECEMBER 7, 2021 (Moderna) and DECEMBER 14, 2021 (Pfizer). The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single dose.

* Fully online students that have no clinical/preceptor experience, will be exempt from this requirement.

*This is an evolving situation and subject to change.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

How do I arrange to receive a COVID-19 vaccine?

Students can receive their COVID-19 vaccine by visiting https://gettheshot.coronavirus....

Detailed instructions can also be found in the emails sent out by Marc Adkins, Vice President of Student Affairs, addressing initial vaccination and boosters.

What do I do once I’m vaccinated?

Current students who have a CastleBranch account will soon see a NEW mandatory COVID vaccination requirement to which their vaccination card must be uploaded, even if it was previously submitted. Current nonclinical students who do not have a CastleBranch account will be provided with information to upload their vaccination cards.

What if I have had COVID-19 recently?

You are still required to be vaccinated. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, you can wait to be vaccinated until outside of the isolation period and recovered (this is usually 10 days from symptom onset, have no fever for at least 24 hours AND improvement in other symptoms). If you have further questions, please contact the College Health Nurse, Karla Vitte.

Can I get an exemption?

Current students at the College who have a medical contraindication or a sincerely held religious belief may submit an exemption. Further information will be coming regarding exemptions.

There will be an opportunity for students to apply for a medical or religious exemption. PLEASE WAIT to complete an exemption request until further information is sent through the newsletter and through email. For students who have already completed an exemption request, there will be a new process coming soon. This information will be available sometime after December 1, 2021 as we are still working with CastleBranch on this process. This is an evolving situation, and we will keep you updated as information becomes available.

What if I choose not to receive a COVID-19 Vaccination?

Current students who choose not to meet the requirement, by either becoming fully vaccinated or being approved for exemption, will be subject to the Student Code of Conduct up to and including dismissal from their academic program or college.

Can I get weekly COVID-19 testing in lieu of the vaccine?

No, testing is not permitted in lieu of the vaccination.

What if I have further questions?

Mercy College administration wants to protect our faculty, staff, and students and vaccination is the most optimal way to show compassion for those with whom we work and learn, and for the patients that are under our care. If you have questions, please complete the following form and your questions will be triaged as they are received. Thank you.

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