Student & Employee Vaccine Mandate
Student Vaccine Mandate
Beginning with the fall 2021 semester all students who are returning to campus for in-person classes and/or activities are required to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 coronavirus.
For students who are only taking online courses this requirement is still recommended but not required. If you have not already done so, please be sure to become vaccinated as soon as possible.
Further information about this new mandate can be found on the CT.edu website.
Employee Vaccine Mandate
In an effort to encourage employees to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, the BOR has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the unclassified collective bargaining units and negotiated mandatory vaccines with the allowance of exemptions for medical and non-medical reasons. This is also being required of all management/confidential employees.
On September 10, Governor Ned Lamont issued Executive Order No. 13G relative to vaccine requirements for Connecticut state employees and state hospital employees. A similar order (Executive Order No. 13F) was issued earlier this month and applies to certain state employees working at long-term care facilities.
As required by these executive orders (EOs), by September 27, 2021, all state employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or submit to weekly testing. Hospital and long-term care facility employees may use the testing alternative only under certain circumstances. COVID-19 test results must be submitted in lieu of vaccination (as specified below) regardless of whether or not you have applied for a religious or medical exemption.
Weekly testing is required in lieu of vaccination for certain state employees under EO No. 13G.
In order to be compliant with the EO on September 27, 2021, employees who are required to submit weekly test results should plan to get tested at least one time (and submit results within 72 hours of administration of the test) during the week of September 20-26, 2021. Employees should be aware that some test methods may take longer than others to provide a result and that laboratory processing or reporting delays are not acceptable reasons for being out of compliance with reporting an initial test result by September 26, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
Employees who test positive for COVID-19 will still need to report those results in accordance with their existing agency policies and also through the COVID Navigator App or manual submission process.
To administer this effort, the state is partnering with WellSpark, a leading health and well-being company and Connecticut’s Health Enhancement Program (HEP) vendor. WellSpark has developed a browser-based app, the COVID Navigator App, that can be used on smartphone or desktop to provide our employees with an easy, online process to document their vaccination status, or, if applicable, show their weekly testing results.
This app has been certified to the highest level required to protect vaccination and testing status data. Employees without the ability to download the app will be able to utilize fax or email services through WellSpark for manual processing. Please also note that you should verify the source of any email or web links regarding the vaccine mandate program to avoid malicious phishing emails.
Please register and submit your vaccination status on the app using the instructions linked here. Here’s what you should know:
- The App Group Code is ctstate
- You will need your vaccination card or related documentation to proceed
- We ask that you provide this information through the app now, even if you already provided it to your agency in the past
- If you plan to apply for a religious or medical exemption, please visit the web page below where you will find the appropriate forms to submit. You may not do this through the app.
The State has created a web page of resources to answer questions and provide additional information, including instructions and forms.
Medical & Non-Medical Exemptions
The vaccine policy includes the allowance of exemptions for medical and non-medical reasons, however, students and employees with approved exemptions will be required to submit to regular on-site COVID-19 testing.
Requesting an Accommodation/Exemption
- Faculty or staff who wish to seek a medical exemption or disability-related accommodation should contact Human Resources.
- Students who wish to seek medical/disability accommodations should contact the Disability/AccessAbility Services offices.
- Students who wish to seek NON-MEDICAL exemptions should fill out the CSCU Request for Non-Medical Exemption form.
- Students who wish to seek a MEDICAL exemptions should fill out NCC’s Request for Medical Exemption form and submit it to Student Affairs at NK-Deanofstudents@ncc.commnet.edu
- Booking your appointment can be done by visiting Sema 4’s Portal. Please register and book an appointment before arriving on campus. Sema4 will ask for your insurance information at the time you come for your test. If you do not have insurance, it will not prevent you from participating in the testing program.
Please Note: At the present time, employees are only authorized to submit to testing done by Sema4. Sema4 is responsible for sending the college(s) a weekly report of the testing results. Weekly testing may be done at any of the community college campuses. For information on additional SEMA4 COVID testing times and days visit https://www.ct.edu/covid19#testing
The vaccines that are currently authorized in the United States are safe, highly effective, and critical to resuming normal operations at our campuses this fall.
If you have not already done so, now is the time get vaccinated. With more infectious, more severe variants becoming more and more prevalent, getting your shot is the best way to protect yourself and your family.
Locate vaccine locations near you. Go to the CT Vaccine Finder Website by clicking here.
For city of Norwalk information about vaccine sites and mobile clinics, please click here.