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COVID-19 Vaccine

The best defense against COVID-19 is layers of mitigation, including wearing masks and getting vaccinations and boosters. All major health organizations agree that vaccinations and boosters are the way to defeat this (or any) pandemic and offer the surest path back to normal. We encourage employees and students, in consultation with their local health professionals, to be fully vaccinated, including boosters.

Can the vaccine give me COVID-19?

No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized use the live virus that causes COVID-19. However, remember that it typically takes two weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination.

If I already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated?

Yes. The CDC recommends getting vaccinated even if you’ve already had COVID-19.  While having COVID-19 provides some immunity, health professionals recommend the vaccine as an additional layer of mitigation. 

If I am vaccinated, am I still subject to COVID-19 testing requirements?

Students and employees who have been vaccinated for more than 5 months and are not boosted, will test once a week, every other week. Those who are vaccinated and not eligible for a booster and those who are boosted may be asked to test occasionally. 

Why does Berry ask employees and students to identify their vaccination status?

The college’s interest in vaccination status is straightforward: an accurate measure of the aggregate vaccination rate on campus promotes our ability to maintain regular operations. Having an accurate picture of vaccination rates allows us to evaluate and put forth measured policy in response to any surge in COVID-19 cases.  It also allows us to determine appropriate isolation or quarantine protocols in the event you get COVID or are exposed to someone with the virus.

Who will have access to my vaccination information?

Access to vaccination information is highly restricted, just as we maintain close control over all health information and student and/or employee records subject to HIPAA and FERPA regulations.

Will the college accept antibody test results as a substitute for vaccination?

Berry does not accept positive antibody tests or self-administered rapid antibody tests as exemptions from testing protocols.

Will I be restricted from attending classes, eating in the dining hall, or attending events based on my vaccination status?

No. Please note, however, that external organizations offering internships, student teaching and/or clinical learning opportunities may have different requirements. 

What do I need to verify my vaccination status?

The college will accept any of the following:

  • A copy of a valid U.S. CDC Vaccination Record Card.
  • Documentation of vaccination records through GRITS (Georgia Registry of Immunization Transactions and Services)
  • Electronic vaccination records where country policy requires the use of electronic documentation via app or health agency site (e.g. UK NHS App, NHS Certificate, Israel Green Pass, EU Digital COVID Certificate).
  • A letter from the medical provider who administered the vaccination which meets the following criteria:
    • The Proof of Vaccination must include the name of the vaccinated person that matches the Berry College ID with the date of birth, the dates of the completed vaccination cycle, the administering physical or medical services provider and the manufacturer of the vaccine issued.
    • The vaccine is recognized by Berry as defined above.
    • You will be considered fully vaccinated 14 days following the end of the vaccination cycle (after receiving the second dose in a two-dose series such as Pfizer or Moderna or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson).

Varsity Athletics

The NCAA Sports Science Institute releases updated reports on a regular basis and its latest is consistent with Berry’s current guidelines. The NCAA strongly encourages athletes to be vaccinated and offers different guidelines for vaccinated and unvaccinated athletes and athletic staff.

Where can I go to learn more about vaccination against COVID-19?

 

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