Vaccination Information

Overview

  • Mines will return to fully in-person classes and vibrant on-campus living and learning in Fall 2021. Based on this intention, community input, experiences managing COVID-19 in 2020-21, and the availability of several COVID-19 vaccines, Mines has implemented a vaccination requirement for Fall 2021 
  • All students, faculty and staff studying and/or working on the Mines campus should be fully or partially vaccinated, or have filed an exemptionby the start of the fall semester on August 23, 2021. 
  • This vaccination requirement can be fulfilled by either 1) providing proof of vaccination or 2) submitting a vaccine exemption form.  
  • Having a high level of vaccination, and knowing the vaccination status of our on-campus community members, allows Mines to deliver the distinctive, in-person and on-campus experiences we are known for.  
  • Students, faculty and staff (including employees on non-remuneration contracts) choosing to forgo vaccination for medical or non-medical reasons (e.g. religious or personal beliefs) must file an exemption with the Student Health Center (students) or Human Resources office (faculty and staff) prior to the start of classes. See details below.

Details 

Students (New and Returning)person receiving vaccine

The Mines Student Health Center manages the collection and storing of vaccination records and exemption forms for all Mines students (undergraduate and graduate). Students who have received the COVID-19 vaccine must enter their dose dates into the Health Portal (on Trailhead) and upload proof of vaccination (photo of vaccination card or medical record) prior to August 23. Submissions without proof of vaccination will not be accepted.  

Students filing an exemption will also use the portal to download, sign and submit that form. 

All new students must also submit proof of vaccination for MMR-Measles, Mumps and Rubella by June 15, 2021. Students living on campus should submit proof of immunization for Meningococcal ACWY by the same date.  

Mines expects to offer free COVID-19 vaccination clinics on campus prior to the start of fall classes.  

Employees

The Office of Human Resources will collect, manage and record employee proof of vaccination and exemption records. Even if you have already self-reported your vaccination status to the COVID Response Initiator Team (CRIT), you will be required to log in and upload a copy of your vaccination record to a new, secure database. Details on this procedure will be added to this page once it becomes available later this month (June 2021).  

Exemptions

In keeping with other established vaccination policies at Mines and in the State of Colorado, students and employees can fulfill the COVID-19 vaccine requirement by claiming an exemption for medical or non-medical reasons. Non-medical reasons include religious or personal beliefs. Any person may change their mind at a later date and withdraw their exemption status once fully vaccinated. 

Please note: Students or employees with a recorded immunization exemption may be compelled to quarantine or isolate, participate in regular Covid-19 testing, or adhere to other disease mitigation measures imposed by Mines. 

Vaccination Q&A

I already self-reported my vaccination status to CRIT using the Mines Community Member Full Vaccination Self-Report form on the Mines Climbs Together website. Do I need to self-report again?

Yes. Students must complete the vaccination status form on the Student Health Portal in Trailhead and include a photo of their vaccination card or medical record.  Students who have already uploaded their vaccination documentation through the Student Health Portal do not need to resubmit it. Employees will also need to upload their vaccination information to a secure portal, even if they’ve already reported their vaccination status to the COVID Response Initiator Team (CRIT). That secure portal will be available to faculty and staff in June 2021.

What is the deadline for being vaccinated? Must I be fully vaccinated at that time?

Students and employees should have received their first shot prior to the first day of fall classes, Monday, August 23. All members of our community are urged to be fully vaccinated by receiving both shots before August 23, if possible (the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only a single dose). However, partial vaccinations by August 23 will be acceptable. 

How will I share proof of vaccination or file an exemption?

Students will submit proof of vaccination and file exemptions via the Student Health Portal in Trailhead. Human Resources will manage collection of vaccination records and exemptions for employees through a secure portal that will be ready for use in June 2021. Faculty and staff will be notified directly once the portal is available.

Will my vaccination status remain confidential?

Vaccine documentation will be safeguarded and maintained in a secure, confidential manner in the same way all personal medical records are maintained. 

How will my vaccination or exemption information be used by Mines?

This information will be used by Mines to determine if you are eligible to work and/or attend courses on campus. It may be shared with federal, state and local public health agencies tracking immunization rates or to facilitate COVID contact tracing efforts. It may also be used for purposes of COVID contact tracing and quarantine or isolation protocols conducted by Mines. 

How will this new guidance impact students living on campus?

Residence Life will contact all incoming and returning residential students with more specific guidance and updates. 

If vaccinated, will I have to continue to participate in COVID-19 testing, comply with COVID-related safety guidance (such as mask wearing indoors), etc.?

Following the guidance established by the CDC, if you are fully vaccinated you will not be subject to COVID-19 surveillance testing or quarantine requirements. Persons who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms are encouraged to obtain a COVID-19 test regardless of vaccination status. Face mask mandates will remain in place for the time being. More specific updates and details will be provided later this summer to the campus community.   

Are students living on campus required to be vaccinated?

Yes, the vaccination requirement applies to the entire campus community; however, persons including residential students may exempt themselves from the vaccination requirement for  medical or non-medical reasons. Specific guidance for students living on campus will be provided directly by Residence Life in the coming weeks. 

I've had COVID-19. Do I still need to be vaccinated?

Yes, the CDC recommends that you still get vaccinated after recovering. However, it notes that those treated with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma wait 90 days before being vaccinated.  

I can’t get vaccinated until I return to Mines in August. Will I be able to move-in or attend classes?

We expect to offer domestic and international students and employees who wish to be vaccinated opportunities to do so on campus or at a nearby vaccination site just before the start of classes. Students will be able to utilize this service prior to the first day of classes, thereby meeting Mines’ vaccination requirement. More information related to move-in will be provided by the Office of Residence Life. 

Will there be any additional guidance available to international students who may be traveling back to Golden from other parts of the world and/or have received non-FDA (U.S.) approved vaccines?

Additional guidance for students arriving from international locations is forthcoming from the Office of Global Education and will be sent directly to students’ Mines email accounts

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