COVID-Students

Student Vaccine Verification

All WWCC students must provide information about their COVID-19 vaccination status in one of the following ways prior to registration for classes:

  • Attest that you are fully vaccinated;
  • Request a vaccination exemption (per guidelines on this webpage) and receive approval for accommodation; or,
  • Complete optout form for online learning.

New student should complete one of the above no later than March 18, 2022, to register for classes in Spring Quarter. March 16, 2022 is the last day to receive your second shot of the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, or only shot of the Johnson and Johnson/Janssen vaccine, to be fully vaccinated for the start of Spring Quarter classes.

Returning students whose vaccination status has changed following earlier attestation should complete the attestation form prior to the start of registration for the next quarter. Spring Quarter registration begins January 31, 2022.

Free COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

Click here to view additional vaccination clinics throughout the state.

Verify Your Vaccination Status

Students can verify their vaccine status by filling out the Immunization Attestation form. You can also indicate on this form if you intend to request a medical or religious exemption. You will need to activate your WarriorLink account to complete the attestation process in the student self-service. 

Exemption Information

If you are seeking an exemption, download the form applicable to your exemption. Philosophical exemptions are not allowed under state rules. When you have completed your exemption form, please upload it and any required documentation to our exemption form upload page. Students are generally contacted about their exemption request within one to two weeks.

 

Medical Exemptions

That documentation must confirm that the student is medically unable to receive an authorized COVID-19 vaccine. The documentation must also include a duration that the accommodation will be required. For the purposes of this student medical accommodation request, a Health Care Provider includes all qualified and licensed MD, ND, DO, ARNP, or PA professionals.

Religious Exemptions

Walla Walla Community College must receive information confirming that the student has sincerely held religious beliefs that prevent them from receiving the COVID-19 vaccination. Students will be asked how long they’ve held these beliefs and whether they have received vaccinations in the past.

Vaccine Optout for Online Students

WWCC invites and encourages all WWCC students to attest their COVID-19 vaccination status; however, students who are studying online and are not on campus have the additional option of completing WWCC’s Attestation Opt-Out for Online Students form. If you opt out of COVID-19 vaccination attestation, a registration hold will still be placed on your student account each term until you meet virtually with an advisor to confirm your online schedule.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are face coverings and physical distancing required?

In accordance with the Governor’s office and CDC advise, face coverings and physical distancing are recommended, but no longer required.

What happens if a student is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19?

In the event of a suspected or confirmed case within our campus community, WWCC may contact the local health department for guidance and identify/notify students and employees who have been in close contact with the infected individual on campus. Close contact is defined as someone the infected person had face-to-face contact with within 6 feet for a cumulative total of more than 15 minutes within a 24-hour period. The college will also initiate cleaning and disinfecting protocols where needed. WWCC will keep confidential the name of the person who tested positive. Full details are described in the 2021-22 Safe Return to Campus Plan.

Why are WWCC students required to tell the college about their COVID-19 vaccination status?

Governor Inslee issued an order requiring Washington colleges and universities to abide by specific rules specific to vaccination. To adhere to this order, WWCC students are required to indicate their vaccination status. Exemptions can be requested by those students who are unable to receive the COVID-19 vaccination due to a medical condition or disability, or if the requirement to do so conflicts with sincerely held religious beliefs.

Is the COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for students?

By order of the Governor’s Office through Proclamation 21-14.1, WWCC must require all students who come to campus for in-person classes or services to be fully vaccinated or have a medical or religious exemption from the college. Students must attest to their vaccination status. Unvaccinated students may continue their WWCC education online by completing WWCC’s Attestation Opt-Out for Online Students form.

What do I do if I am vaccinated? How do I verify my vaccination status?

If you are fully vaccinated, please complete the Immunization Attestation form.

What does “fully vaccinated” mean?

As defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an individual is not considered to be “fully vaccinated” until two weeks after receiving the second shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, or two weeks following the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson / Janssen vaccine.

What do I do if I am not vaccinated?

Those students who are not already vaccinated are asked to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. No students will be disenrolled for Fall Term, but registration for Winter Term and beyond requires that students complete the Attestation form. Please complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Attestation form when you are fully vaccinated to lift the registration hold for scheduling classes.

Are there exemptions for people with medical conditions and religious beliefs?

Exemptions to the order of the Governor’s Office can be requested by those students and employees who are unable to receive the COVID-19 vaccination due to a medical condition or disability, or if the requirement to do so conflicts with sincerely held religious beliefs, practice, or observance. To request an exemption, please complete the applicable form: medical-related exemption form, and religion-related exemption form. When you have completed the form, please upload it to the exemption form upload page.

Can students receive an exemption for philosophical reasons?

No. Under current state rules, students may only request exemption from vaccination for medical or religious reasons.

All of my classes are online. Why does WWCC need my vaccination status?

Students who study online and will not come to campus at any time (e.g., tutoring, financial aid, advising, rec center, campus store) may forgo the attestation process by completing WWCC’s Attestation Opt-Out for Online Students form. A registration hold will be placed on their student account each term until they meet virtually with an advisor to confirm their intent to study exclusively online.

What happens with my vaccination information?

When you submit your vaccination status, it is entered into the database that all Washington community and technical colleges use for student recordkeeping. That information is stored with your WWCC student record and is not visible by other Washington colleges and universities, nor is it shared with other governmental agencies. While we are required to report vaccination status and number of exemptions to the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), those reports are done with aggregate data (percentages of WWCC students) that protect the privacy of individual students.

Are the Computer Lab, Student Recreation Center, and similar facilities/spaces open?

These services and others are open and fully operational during normal business hours. WWCC’s Campus Store is also accessible online.

Will WWCC continue to offer online instruction?

Yes. In fact, we are offering more robust options than ever to meet the needs of students, in addition to on-campus, in-person options.

Questions? Please talk with your advisor or email [email protected].