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Frequently Asked Questions Surrounding Cabrini’s COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Requirements

Cabrini requires all faculty, staff, and students to be fully vaccinated, including a booster for COVID-19.

New students and employees should respond to the Vaccination Status Survey (accessible by the links below) so that we can provide appropriate steps for our community as we move forward with our in-person spring 2022 semester. Cabrini credentials are required to access the surveys, which takes less than two minutes to complete.

Employees and students seeking to update their vaccination records due to getting a booster, completing their original vaccination, or just uploading a vaccination card not previously shared, should use the following links:

For those who cannot be vaccinated, either due to a medical condition or strong moral objection reasons, an exemption process is available. Please submit a completed Vaccination Exemption Form to healthservices@cabrini.edu immediately.

We believe a fully vaccinated campus community is essential to providing a safe return to a more traditional in-person and on-campus Cabrini experience that our community has so strongly indicated it wants.

The following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) address many of the questions surrounding this requirement that our community members might have.

You can also check out the Vaccine FAQs developed by Biology Professor Sherry Fuller-Espie, PhD, DIC, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Vaccination FAQs, both of which pertain to matters surrounding the science of the vaccines and how they work.

If you have a question that is not addressed within these FAQs, our Vaccine FAQs, or the CDC’s FAQs, please submit it to return@cabrini.edu so that we can assist. 

Who needs to be vaccinated/boosted?

In order to accommodate our community’s desire to return to a more traditional campus experience, anyone participating in that campus experience—by attending class, visiting any of the buildings, dining in any of our dining options, or attending an event—should be vaccinated and boosted.

This means the vaccination requirement applies to all Cabrini faculty, staff, and students, commuter or resident. The level of immunity provided to the community by the vaccine is a critical component that helped to facilitate our ability to provide a return to the face-to-face instruction and on-campus, in-person gatherings and events that we anticipated for the fall 2021 semester.

For those vaccinated, the booster is an additional safeguard in preventing the spread and serious symptoms of the virus.

Am I even eligible for vaccination/booster ?

At this time, anyone 12 and older is eligible to be vaccinated in the United States. Vaccination is free and does not require health insurance.

When can I receive the booster after I complete my vaccination series? 

The chart below shows your eligibility after the completion of the vaccination series.

ELIGIBLE FOR BOOSTER AFTER VACCINATION
Two (2) Months Johnson & Johnson
Five (5) Months Moderna
Five (5) Months Pfizer

 

Where can I get my vaccination/booster?

There are many places where you can get a vaccine/booster. Visit vaccines.gov (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s tool), available at cabrini.edu/COVIDvaccine, to find a location near you.

I’m a commuter student/I live off-campus, do I need to be vaccinated/boosted?

The vaccination requirement applies to all Cabrini faculty, staff, and students, commuter or resident. The level of immunity provided to the community by the vaccine and subsequent booster is a critical component that helps facilitate our ability to provide face-to-face instruction and on-campus, in-person gatherings and events.

In order to accommodate our community’s desire to return to that more traditional campus experience, anyone participating in that campus experience—by attending class, visiting any of the buildings, dining in any of our dining options, or attending an event—should be vaccinated and boosted.

I already had COVID-19, do I need to be vaccinated and boosted?

Yes, you should be vaccinated and boosted regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. It is possible, albeit rare, to be re-infected, even if you have been sick and recovered from COVID-19 previously. Additionally, data show that vaccination provides a strong boost in protection in people who have recovered from COVID-19.

If, however, you were diagnosed with COVID-19 and were treated with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. In that instance, we would grant a medical extension to be vaccinated to accommodate the 90-day waiting period. More information on how to go about that will be forthcoming.

What is the Catholic Church’s stance on COVID-19 vaccination?

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the forefront a concern regarding the use of fetal cell line vaccines.

Pope Francis, who was vaccinated against COVID-19 in January 2021, called the COVID-19 vaccine a “moral obligation,” saying in an interview with Italian TV station Canale 5, “I believe that ethically everyone should take the vaccine. It is not an option, it is an ethical choice because you are gambling with your health, with your life, but you are also gambling with the lives of others.”

Additional resources regarding the Catholic Church's stance on vaccination:

What does it mean that the COVID-19 vaccines have Emergency Use Authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)?

Per the FDA, an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) is a mechanism to facilitate the availability and use of medical countermeasures (such as vaccines) during public health emergencies (such as the current COVID-19 pandemic). Under the EUA, the FDA allows the vaccine to be used to prevent COVID-19, a life-threatening disease. For an EUA to be issued for a vaccine, the FDA must determine that the known and potential benefits outweigh the known and potential risks of the vaccine.

The vaccines have been rigorously tested and deemed safe and effective, earning the FDA’s EUA designation.

The FDA expects the manufacturers of the vaccines designated for EUA to seek licensure/approval.

Do COVID-19 vaccines prevent you from getting COVID-19?

Yes. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19, and also help keep you from getting seriously ill, if you do get COVID-19. (No vaccine is 100% effective.) This finding has been demonstrated in both clinical studies and in real-world data.

Do COVID-19 vaccines prevent you from transmitting COVID-19 to others?

Yes. According to the CDC, early data show that vaccines help keep people from spreading COVID-19.

Additional resources surrounding COVID-19 vaccines’ efficacy at preventing transmission:

 Is there an exemption process for the vaccine/booster requirements?

Yes, individuals seeking a valid vaccination/booster requirement exemption due to medical condition or strong moral objection reasons can complete an Exemption Form; the completed form should be submitted to healthservices@cabrini.edu immediately. 

If you have completed the exemption previously, you will also be exempt from the booster requirement.

I don’t have health insurance. Can I get vaccinated/booster?

Yes, getting vaccinated and/or the booster is free and does not require health insurance.

I can’t afford to pay for a vaccination/booster, what should I do?

Vaccinations and/or boosters are free, you are not required to pay.

I am undocumented/not an American citizen. Can I get vaccinated/boosted?

Yes. You can get vaccinated/boosted regardless of your documentation status or citizenship. That question should not come up when getting vaccinated or receiving your booster. If asked, you are not required to answer and the site is required to vaccinate or administer the booster to you.