COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Mid Michigan College is committed to ensuring a healthy and safe environment for all students. Mid’s Health Sciences division has implemented additional safety measures to support a robust, in-person learning experience in our classrooms, skills labs, and clinical settings.

Effective beginning with the Fall 2021 semester, all students who are actively enrolled in a health sciences programs are required to have the COVID-19 vaccination (with limited religious and medical exemptions) in order to participate in their clinical rotation. COVID-19 vaccinations are safe, effective, and free, and the most effective way to protect yourself, each other, and the patient population at clinical sites, along with the campus community.

Update 4/25/2022

Update to the COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
  • All of Mid's Health Sciences clinical partners have been mandated to comply with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination interim final rule. Each partner has established their own system-wide policies and procedures which they have put in place and vary only slightly from partner to partner. The policies and procedures are intended to reduce the number, length, and severity of COVID-19 infections among patients, staff, and the communities they serve. Compliance with the CMS rule helps protect the communities, students, and their workforce. The policies that our clinical partners have implemented include students and others that go into their facilities for “work-related or clinical related” purposes. The policies do not apply to patients or guests.
  • The common policy across our clinical partners is as follows
    • No later than December 6, 2021, all students must report their vaccine first dose, including single-dose vaccines, by submitting the vaccination card to ACEMAPP.
    • No later than January 4, 2022, all students must report their vaccine second dose, by submitting the vaccination card to ACEMAPP.
    • Students must be 100% compliant or they will be removed from the clinical setting and may jeopardize their ability to complete their respective Health Sciences program. Compliance is defined as having the required COVID-19 vaccination or approved exemption in place. Please note that a Mid Michigan College approved exemption does not exempt a student from a clinical facility requirement. All clinical facility exemption requests are handled by the respective clinical facility. The decision to accept or deny an exemption request is the sole decision of the individual clinical facility and the decision is final.

If you have questions, contact your Director or the Dean of Health Sciences for further guidance.

Update 10/22/2021

With flu season here, how long do I need to wait after getting a flu vaccine or another vaccine before getting a COVID-19 vaccine?
  • You can get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines, including a flu vaccine, at the same visit. Experience with other vaccines has shown that the way our bodies develop protection, known as an immune response, and possible side effects after getting vaccinated are generally the same when given alone or with other vaccines. Learn more about the timing of other vaccines. For more information visit cdc.gov.

Update 10/15/2021 Vaccination Booster Shots

Are health science students eligible for a Pfizer Booster?
  • Yes, they fall under the category of “employees and residents at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission.” When attending a clinical rotation, students, like employees, are considered “at increased risk” of COVID exposure and transmission.
Does Moderna and Johnson & Johnson have a booster?
  • Not currently; but Moderna has just applied for Emergency Use Authorization for a booster. More data on the effectiveness and safety of Moderna and J&J booster shots are expected soon. The CDC will keep the public informed with a timely plan for Moderna and J&J booster shots.
Am I still considered “fully vaccinated” if I don’t get a booster shot? Must students get a booster?
  • Yes. Everyone is still considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-shot series, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. At this time, a booster shot is not required.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do ALL students at Mid Michigan College have to get the COVID-19 vaccination?

No. Mid Michigan College does not require the COVID-19 vaccination for all students. The COVID-19 vaccination requirement in the Mid Michigan College Health Sciences programs is driven and based solely on the guidance of the clinical partners and their requirement to participate in the clinical setting. As a healthcare professional, it is imperative to protect yourself and the patients that are in your care.

How was the determination made to require the COVID-19 vaccination for the Health Sciences students?

The Health Sciences division makes program-specific policies and protocols based on data, science, best practices, and guidance from our clinical partners. Ultimately, the clinical partners make the determination for COVID-19 vaccinations and students' ability to participate at the clinical site. Please note that all clinical partners have requirements and guidance specific to that clinical facility.

Can I receive an exemption for medical or religious reasons?

A student may apply for a religious or medical exemption by contacting their program director to receive an Exemption Request Form. Students will be required to submit documentation, as stated on the form, to support their exemption request. When received, the Exemption Review Committee will review the request and respond to the student with their determination. Please note that if a student has an approved exemption from Mid Michigan College, an approved exemption is still required from the clinical facility.

Can I stay in my Health Sciences Program if I don’t receive the COVID-19 vaccination?

A student may still attend their courses if they aren’t vaccinated, but will be unable to attend and participate in their clinical experience if they do not have an approved exemption in place. Please note, all health sciences programs have required clinical components that must be completed in order to meet program requirements.

Can I attend clinical if I have been granted an exemption?

Vaccine-exempt students may attend clinical if a placement site is available and the clinical facility has approved an exemption specific to their facility. Please note, these placements may require additional commuting to attend a specific clinical site and may require additional testing from the clinical partner.

If I already had COVID, do I still need to get the vaccine?

Yes. You are required to get vaccinated even if you have had COVID-19. Experts do not yet know how long individuals are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. In addition, immunity as a result of an infection (natural immunity) may only provide protection from the particular variant you were infected with; not from other strains. Even if you have already recovered from COVID -19, it is possible that you could become infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again. Studies have shown that vaccination provides a strong boost in protection in people who have recovered from COVID-19.

Is there a specific COVID-19 vaccine I need to have?

Any of the vaccines are accepted. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are nearly 94% effective, while the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine is approximately 85% effective, against severe disease caused by COVID-19. The Pfizer vaccination requires 21 days between doses and Moderna requires 28 days. The Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires just one dose.

Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as other vaccines?

Yes. The CDC has updated its guidance, and a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines may now be administered without regard to timing. This includes simultaneous administration of a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines on the same day, as well as co-administration within 14 days.

How do I submit proof of my COVID-19 vaccination?

Students will upload a copy of their vaccination card to their Corporate Screening or ACEMAPP portal.

I am afraid to get the COVID -19 vaccine because it was developed quickly, I heard it will give me COVID-19, and may change my DNA.

While developed quickly to address a global pandemic, all available COVID-19 vaccines were tested in large clinical trials that included tens of thousands of people. Their safety and effectiveness continue to be closely monitored.

None of the approved vaccines or any vaccines in development contain the live virus that causes COVID-19.

Messenger RNA vaccines — mRNA — bring a message into the body, which tells the immune system what to look for if COVID-19 infects an individual.

If I am pregnant, breastfeeding, or attempting to become pregnant, can I get vaccinated against COVID-19?

Please speak to your doctor for guidance before making medical decisions, and contact your program director about the guidance you receive/decision.

 
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