COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 Student Vaccination Policy

Cascadia College’s COVID-19 Student Vaccination Policy is in accordance with the guidelines and directives established by Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 20-12.5 for Higher Education.

In order to protect the health and safety of our community and as directed by the Governor, all Cascadia students are required to fully vaccinate against COVID-19, or claim an exemption as explained below, and register their status with the college’s vaccination management system.

Student Vaccine Mandate

All students, regardless of whether they are taking courses on campus or in a remote modality, must be fully vaccinated. This includes Running Start students. The only exception are international students who are studying remotely in their home country. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their final dose.

Vaccine Safety and Efficacy

COVID-19 vaccines have been proven to be safe and highly effective at reducing the risk of severe illness and death, and the spread of infection. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after they have received all recommended doses of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine.

Recognized Vaccines

Cascadia recognizes any vaccines authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration or the World Health Organization.

Recording Vaccination Status

All students are required by state law as a condition of Cascadia being a “fully vaccinated campus” to securely record the status of their vaccination on Cascadia’s student service portal, ctcLink, by either 1) attesting that they are fully vaccinated and providing type of vaccine and date(s) of vaccinations received OR 2) being granted an accommodation for one of the following reasons:

  • Medical/Disability: A determination by a health care provider that the individual has a medical or disability-related contraindication to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Religious: An individual’s sincerely held religious belief prohibits the individual from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

Compliance

Upon recording vaccination status or filling out an exemption request form, students will be asked to attest to the truthfulness of the information they entered, and will be subject to disciplinary action per Cascadia’s Code of Conduct if their self-attestation is determined to be untruthful. The college, the state, and local public health officials may require further verification of the student’s vaccination status.

Safety and Security

Cascadia will keep vaccination records and status confidential and will only share it as required by the state or county.


COVID-19 Employee Vaccination Policy

Cascadia College’s COVID-19 Employee Vaccination Policy is in accordance with the guidelines and directives established by Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) for workplace health and safety requirements, Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 20-12.5 and Proclamation 21.14-1.

In order to protect the health and safety of our community, all Cascadia employees and students are required to fully vaccinate against COVID-19 and register their status with the college’s vaccination management system.

Employee Vaccine Mandate

The Governor has mandated that every state employee working in higher education be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment (see Proclamation 21.14-1). People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their final dose. This mandate also applies to student workers, Trustees, Foundation board members, on-site contractors, as well as any volunteer who comes to campus to work.

Vaccine Safety and Efficacy

COVID-19 vaccines have been proven to be safe and highly effective at reducing the risk of severe illness and death, and the spread of infection. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after they have received all recommended doses of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine.

Recognized Vaccines

Cascadia recognizes any vaccines authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration or the World Health Organization.

Recording Vaccination Status

All employees are required by state law as a condition of continued employment to record the status of their vaccination on Cascadia’s secure and private vaccine management tool and either 1) attest that they are fully vaccinated and provide type of vaccine and date(s) of vaccinations received OR 2) being granted an accommodation for one of the following reasons:

  • Medical/Disability: A determination by a health care provider that the individual has a medical or disability-related contraindication to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Religious: An individual’s sincerely held religious belief prohibits the individual from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

Verifying Vaccination Status

Cascadia is required by state law to visually verify the vaccination documentation of every employee. Furthermore, the state requires colleges to meet with and review exemption request forms with every employee who is seeking an exemption.

Safety and Security

Cascadia will keep vaccination records and status confidential and will only share it as required by the state or county.