The University of St. Thomas is requiring all students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated before returning to campus for the fall 2021 term. 

This decision is driven by our desire to provide a safe, high-quality and uninterrupted experience for our students, faculty and staff this fall. 

Step 1: Check to see if the Center for Well-Being has a record of your vaccination. 

  1. Go to myHealthPortal
  2. Log in using your St. Thomas username and password (do not add @stthomas.edu)
  3. Click on My Profile
  4. Click Immunization History in the dropdown
  5. See if your COVID-19 vaccinations are listed (2 shots for Pfizer or Moderna; 1 shot for Johnson & Johnson)
  6. If your COVID-19 vaccinations are listed you do not need to take any further action. 

Step 2: If your vaccination is NOT listed and you have been vaccinated:

  1. Click Document Upload
  2. Click Document Type
  3. Select COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination
  4. Take a picture of your CDC vaccination card
  5. Upload to the portal
  6. Click Save 

The Covid-19 vaccine is available at:

Contact Information

Questions ContactContact
Policy-Related Questions Dean of Students Office

deanstudents@stthomas.edu

Employee-Related Questions Human Resources

651-962-6510

humanresources@stthomas.edu

General COVID Questions COVID Information line

651-962-6133

COVIDinfo@stthomas.edu

Travel Questions

Timothy L. Lewis

AVP, Global Learning and Strategy

lewi0118@stthomas.edu 
myHealthPortal Questions Center for Well-Being

651-962-6750

centerforwellbeing@stthomas.edu

COVID-19 Requirement FAQs

Based on public health guidance, and given the infectiousness of COVID-19, the seriousness of the illness, and the consequences of COVID-19 on campus for our ability to engage fully in person, we believe it is in the best interests of the health and safety of our entire community if the vast majority of us are vaccinated.

Yes, current CDC recommendations for COVID-19 vaccination do not exclude those who have had the virus or those who test positive for antibodies.

Those who are not yet fully vaccinated:

  • are required to wear a mask inside campus buildings at all times and outside when physical distancing is not possible
  • isolate for 10 days if diagnosed with COVID-19
  • quarantine for 10 days if there is close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19
  • complete a daily check for COVID symptoms
  • comply with future campus mitigation efforts   
  • may not be able to participate in certain activities such as university-sponsored travel (international and domestic), including study abroad and travel for intercollegiate athletics, field and clinical placements and internships that require a vaccine, and other activities.

See University-Sponsored Travel Requirements

If you are unable to receive the COVID-19 vaccination due to

  • Medical reasons
    • Print the COVID-19 Medical Exemption form (medical provider signature required)
    • Fax the completed form to the Center for Well-Being (651-962-6751) or submit using Document Upload in myHealthPortal. Directions below.
  • Religious or conscientious reasons

NOTE: 

Those who are not yet fully vaccinated or have requested an exemption:

  • are required to wear a mask inside campus buildings at all times and outside when physical distancing is not possible
  • isolate for 10 days if diagnosed with COVID-19
  • quarantine for 10 days if there is close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19
  • complete a daily check for COVID symptoms
  • comply with future campus mitigation efforts   
  • may not be able to participate in certain activities such as university-sponsored travel (international and domestic), including study abroad and travel for intercollegiate athletics, field and clinical placements and internships that require a vaccine, and other activities.

Students, faculty and staff may apply for a medical exemption and some exemptions can be made for non-medical exemptions, for example, sincerely held beliefs or significant concerns about the COVID-19 vaccines or vaccination generally. Students may apply for an exemption due to:

 

If you do not get the COVID-19 vaccination or apply for an exemption a hold will be placed on your account and you will not be able to register for classes. 

Any vaccine approved in the US including Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen will be accepted. We also currently offer Moderna vaccinations on campus. St. Thomas will work with students who have been vaccinated abroad as well as international students who do not have access to vaccines approved in the US.

Effective Monday, August 2, 2021, St. Thomas will require COVID-19 vaccines for community members participating in university-sponsored travel. This policy includes: 

  • St. Thomas employees (faculty, staff and student workers), students, student clubs and organizations, contractors and volunteers and any external participants in St. Thomas-sponsored travel
  • Trips of any duration and any distance from the St. Thomas campuses that involve air travel (both domestic and international) or overnight accommodations for one or more nights
  • Any business-related trips where work is conducted for the benefit of St. Thomas or using St. Thomas resources

See the University-Sponsored Travel Requirement

COVID-19 Documentation

If you were vaccinated in Minnesota it is possible that the Center for Well-Being already has record of your vaccination. The Center for Well Being is connected through the secure Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) system and has access to most vaccinations in Minnesota. If you are vaccinated in a different state or outside of the United States, you must upload documentation of your vaccination status to the Center for Well-Being’s electronic medical record, myHealthPortal

MIIC Data Privacy

You can check the myHealthPortal to see if your COVID-19 vaccination is listed by:

  1. Go to myHealthPortal 
  2. Log in using your St. Thomas username and password (do not add @stthomas.edu)
  3. Click on My Profile
  4. Click Immunization History in the drop down
  5. Check if COVID-19 vaccinations are listed (2 shots for Pfizer or Moderna; 1 shot for Johnson & Johnson)
  6. If your COVID-19 vaccinations are listed you do not need to take any further action. 

If your vaccination is NOT listed:

  1. Click Document Upload
  2. Click Document Type
  3. Select COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination
  4. Take a picture of your CDC vaccination card
  5. Upload to the portal
  6. Click Save
The MN Department of Health does not provide replacement cards. You can request a copy of your vaccination record at Find My Immunization Record if you are a resident of Minnesota.
For residents from other states, please contact that specific state health department.
 

Healthcare privacy rules strike a balance between protecting patient information and allowing public health activities to be conducted. Vaccinations fall under the umbrella of public health. Vaccination information is allowed under privacy rules to be disclosed to authorized usurers such as health care organizations, public health agencies, schools and child care centers. The Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) is operated by MDH Immunization Program. Almost all health care organizations have an interface with this system so that they can upload immunizations given and verify current vaccination status. Individual vaccination information is not shared with any aspect of the university without an individual’s written permission. 

International Students / Non-U.S. Vaccination

We understand that students, scholars, faculty and staff arriving from an international location may not have access to a COVID-19 vaccine in their current location and may not be able to be fully vaccinated before arriving on campus this September. We require individuals in this situation plan to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible upon their arrival in Minnesota. They can continue to participate in orientation, classes, and other activities, while wearing a mask, as they work toward becoming fully vaccinated.

People who were vaccinated outside of the United States with an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine and have received all the recommended doses do not need any additional doses. People who received the first dose of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine that requires two doses do not need to restart the vaccine series in the United States but should receive the second dose as close to the recommended time as possible.
 
Some people may have received a COVID-19 vaccine that is not currently authorized in the United States. No data are available on the safety or efficacy of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine currently authorized in the United States after receipt of a non-FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine. However, in some circumstances people who received a COVID-19 vaccine not currently authorized in the United States may be offered revaccination with an FDA-authorized vaccine:
  • COVID-19 vaccines not authorized by FDA but listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO)
  • People who have received all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that is listed for emergency use by WHO do not need any additional doses with an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine.
  • People who have not received all the recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine listed for emergency use by WHO may be offered a complete FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series.
  • COVID-19 vaccines neither authorized by FDA nor listed for emergency use by WHO
  • People who received all or some of the recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that is neither authorized by FDA nor listed for emergency use by WHO may be offered a complete FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series.
The minimum interval between the last dose of a non-FDA authorized vaccine or a WHO-listed vaccine and an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine is 28 days. Only people who have received all recommended doses of an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed COVID-19 vaccine are considered fully vaccinated for the purpose of public health guidance.
 
"People who received all or some of the recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that is neither authorized by FDA nor listed for emergency use by WHO may be offered a complete FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series."

General Vaccination Questions

You must have at least received your first vaccine before arriving on campus or moving into the residence halls. 

The Center for Well-Being can facilitate vaccination for students. For the five or so weeks until you are “fully vaccinated,” you are required to wear a face-covering and may have to participate in COVID-19 testing. If you are a close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, you will have to quarantine. However, you are permitted to participate in all normal activities, such as living on campus and attending classes and events.

Yes, the COVID vaccine requirement applies to students who are taking all online classes. 

Those who are not yet fully vaccinated and on campus are required to wear a mask inside at all times and outside when physical distancing is not possible. Masks are not required if you are in the privacy of your own residence hall. 

At this time, all vaccinated students, faculty and staff are strongly recommended to wear their masks while inside.  

The university will not routinely check whether individuals not wearing masks on campus or in the workplace are vaccinated, absent credible complaints, or in rare cases where precise documentation is needed to provide appropriate accommodations. However, the university retains the right to undertake compliance review as needed to protect the community, and any individual found to be falsely claiming to be vaccinated, or failing to properly mask, will be subject to discipline for violating COVID-19 directives and university policies.

At this time, the CDC recommendation is for fully vaccinated people to wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission. All vaccinated students, faculty, staff and visitors are strongly encouraged to wear a mask when indoors. 

CDC Interim Recommendation for Fully Vaccinated People

The University of St. Thomas cannot share another student’s vaccine information with you. This information is protected by federal and state privacy laws.  In addition, Residence Life will not make housing assignments, including roommate matching, based on vaccination data. 

State law in Minnesota already requires that all public university students must be vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, and rubella, and allows universities to require other vaccines as deemed necessary. Unless a student qualifies for a medical or religious exemption as prescribed by law, public universities are prohibited from enrolling students who have not been vaccinated for these diseases, and many campuses and universities around the state may require more than just these six. 

 

Claims linking COVID-19 vaccines to infertility are unfounded and have no scientific evidence supporting them. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecology (ACOG)/ recommends vaccination for all eligible people who may consider future pregnancy.

 

No. Unvaccinated individuals may not participate in University sponsored travel. The travel restrictions apply to:

 

  • St. Thomas employees (faculty, staff and student workers), students, student clubs and organizations, contractors and volunteers and any external participants in St. Thomas-sponsored travel
  • Trips of any duration and any distance from the St. Thomas campuses that involve air travel (both domestic and international) or overnight accommodations for one or more night
  • Any business-related trips where work is conducted for the benefit of St. Thomas or using St. Thomas resources

 

This decision is aligned with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for domestic travel during COVID-19 that advise unvaccinated people to delay travel until they are fully vaccinated. Because of safety and operational considerations related to travel, individuals who have an exemption from the campus vaccine requirement will not be able to participate in university-sponsored travel unless they have requested and are granted a reasonable accommodation in accordance with other university policies.

Employee Questions

No, the information will be kept confidential by our Center for Well-Being staff in your electronic health record. If you are in a category for which a vaccination may be required (study abroad, university-sponsored travel, field and clinical placements) , you may be asked to sign a release so that your department is aware of your ability to participate. No information will be shared without a release.

No. Vaccination status is medical information. We encourage all members of the University community who are able to get vaccinated to do so. You are free to share your own vaccination status, but you should not ask your co-workers to share their vaccination status. If you are concerned about interacting with a co-worker because you don’t know their vaccination status, you can take steps like wearing a mask or keeping a reasonable distance at a meeting. If you, yourself, are vaccinated the risk of transmission is low. If you continue to have concerns, you may reach out to your supervisor or HR Partner. If you need a medical accommodation, please contact the HR benefits office.