Updated Fall Quarter and Vaccine Requirement FAQs

Shoreline has announced that we will be a vaccinated campus starting September 7, 2021, under the guidelines set forth in Governor Jay Inslee’s Higher Education proclamation. In the last few weeks, we have received updated guidance from local and regional public health officials, as well as updated College policies. We’ve created a new set of Frequently Asked Questions to help you with your planning as you prepare to arrive in the U.S. to join us for Fall Quarter! You can still refer to our previous FAQs for additional information.

*Please note that some of the information posted below has changed. We have an updated FAQ post available at this time. All information posted below is subject to further change, particularly if health guidelines in our area change. We are committed to providing you with updates as quickly as possible should any of the information change.

1. Do I need a COVID-19 vaccine in order to attend clases on campus at Shoreline?

If you are enrolled in on-campus classes or will be coming to campus for any on-campus activities, you will need to be fully vaccinated or attest to an exemption by October 18, 2021. If you have concerns about meeting this deadline, please contact us – we are happy to work with you! This information has changed since the original post was published. Please see our updated FAQ post for new information.

2. What vaccines will be accepted by Shoreline? 

Currently, all vaccines approved by the World Health Organization for emergency use are accepted. These vaccines are:

  • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen
  • Moderna
  • Pfizer-BioNTech (may also be known as Comirnaty)
  • Oxford/AstraZeneca
  • Serum Institute of India: Covishield
  • Sinopharm (Beijing): BBIBP-CorV
  • Sinovac: CoronaVac

This information has changed since the original post was published. Please see our updated FAQ post for new information.

3. What if I received a vaccine that is not on the list above? 

You will be required to be fully re-vaccinated (all required doses) in the United States by October 18, 2021 or attest to an eligible exemption. Please contact us at international@shoreline.edu if you have questions about this. This information has changed since the original post was published. Please see our updated FAQ post for new information.

4. What do I need to do to submit proof of my vaccination?

Please complete this attestation form to indicate which vaccine you have received, and the dates that you received them. You will not need to upload or show any documents, but you will declare that the information provided is accurate and true. Providing false information may result in disciplinary action.

5. What are exemptions? How do I attest to having an exemption?

Shoreline is currently accepting the following reasons to claim an exemption from having to provide vaccination status: religious or medical reasons. You can submit your exemption status by completing this attestation form. You may attend on-campus classes even if you are not fully vaccinated if you claim an exemption.

6. Will I need to wear a mask on campus? 

Everyone on campus is required to wear a mask indoors in settings with other people, regardless of vaccination status. Masks will be made available at stations around campus for anyone who does not have one.

According to the guidelines from the U.S. public health agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), masks must follow these specifications:

  • Masks must be two layers
  • Completely cover your nose and mouth
  • Fit snugly against the sides of your face
  • Have a nose wire to prevent air leaking out of the top of the mask
  • Cloth masks must be washed after each use
  • Disposable masks must be disposed of after use
  • Neck gaiters must have two layers

7. Can I get vaccinated at Shoreline? 

Yes! In partnership with the local fire department, Shoreline will be offering free on-campus vaccine clinics on several dates between August 18 – October 6, 2021. You will be able to register to receive either a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at this clinic. You can learn more about the clinic and register using this form. Vaccines are also available at many locations in the greater Shoreline/Seattle area.

8. If I already got COVID and recovered, do I still need to be vaccinated?

If you have contracted COVID-19 and recovered, you are not considered vaccinated. The U.S. public health agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends vaccination even for those who have had COVID-19 because it is not known how long any immunity lasts.

9. I am taking all online classes in Fall 2021. Do I still need to get vaccinated or submit the form to attest to an exemption?

No, only students enrolled in classes meeting on-campus are required to complete the form to indicate either vaccination or exemption status.

10. Do I need to quarantine when I enter the U.S. or before I come to campus?

While there are currently no requirements to self-quarantine after arriving in the U.S., the CDC recommends that all international travelers get tested 3-5 days after traveling, and for those who are not fully vaccinated, it is also recommended to self-quarantine for 7 days. The CDC provides a full page of recommendations for international travelers. At this time, Shoreline Community College does not have requirements for self-quarantine prior to coming to campus for the first time.

11. Are there any other updates I should know about?

Yes! Recently, the governor of Washington announced a reinstatement of the mask mandate indoors starting August 23, 2021. This means that when you visit any store, restaurant, or other public location indoors, you will need to wear a mask.

12. I have a question that wasn’t answered here!

Check the Shoreline webpage for COVID-19 updates, or contact us at international@shoreline.edu or IEhelp@shoreline.edu!

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