Student Vaccination Requirements for Fall Term

June 13, 2022

Dear Saint Mary’s Students,

With the spring semester complete, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your efforts in making it possible for Saint Mary’s to return to in-person instruction for the 2021–2022 school year. Whether by masking in classrooms, reporting positive COVID tests to the online portal, or maintaining a heightened awareness of health and safety protocols, you have helped keep our community as safe as possible.

As we break for the summer, we want to look ahead to the fall semester so you can plan accordingly. We know that COVID-19 will remain part of our reality moving forward, and Saint Mary’s is committed to doing all it can to stay as safe as possible.

For the 2022 fall term, Saint Mary’s will require that all students be up to date on current vaccinations prior to the start of the semester. This means that all students must be vaccinated, per the current Contra Costa Health Services definition, against the COVID-19 virus and also have received one booster shot, if eligible.

Beginning immediately, returning students may log on to the COVID-19 vaccination portal to upload proof of having received their booster shot. The deadline for submitting proof of a booster shot is August 1, 2022. If a student has not uploaded proof by August 1, a hold will be placed on the student’s account until proof has been provided. Medical or religious exemptions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and must be requested using the directions in the portal. If you have specific questions about COVID-19 vaccination protocols, please use this Google Form, and your inquiry will be forwarded to the appropriate department for response.

If you need to schedule a booster shot appointment, you can do so by visiting the state’s MyTurn app or website. You may also schedule an appointment through Contra Costa Health Services by visiting its online portal or calling 1-833-829-2626. Local pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens also offer booster shot appointments.

Thank you again for your efforts to keep our entire community safe. 

Best regards,

Richard Plumb, PhD