Vaccination/Booster Requirements Q&A

VACCINE REQUIREMENTS

What is Clarkson’s COVID-19 vaccination booster requirement?

As initiated in June 2021, all students and employees are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

As shared on December 22, Clarkson is requiring all students and employees who access any Clarkson University campus location or facility to receive a booster shot if they are eligible to receive one before returning to work/ beginning the spring semester, or as soon as they become eligible during the spring semester. 

What does “eligible” mean?

As explained by NYS DOH, Individuals eligible for being boosted are those who:
 

  • Received their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccination at least five months ago.

  • Received the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccination at least two months ago.

  • Individuals who previously received other World Health Organization-approved vaccinations should receive a Pfizer booster dose if they received their initial vaccine series at least six months ago, in accordance with CDC guidance.

Example: If you received your last dose of Moderna or Pfizer on July 1, 2021, you would get your booster shot on February 1, 2022.   If you received your first dose of Johnson & Johnson on December 1, 2021, you would schedule a booster shot for February 1, 2022.  

What if I have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days?

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last ninety days and have been cleared by Public Health to leave isolation, please consult with your medical provider about getting vaccinated /boosted based on the recommendations by the CDC and request a medical exemption to be submitted to Clarkson at:

Where can I get a booster shot?

Vaccine booster locations: 

Is there transportation to some booster clinics?

College Connector Bus:  For the Potsdam campus, the Associated Colleges of St. Lawrence Valley are working with the “College Connector Bus” route to take students to booster shot locations in Canton and Potsdam. Clarkson students can ride any County Transit Bus by showing their ID Card.  When boarding each bus as shown below, please tell the driver where you need to go.

  • Canton and Potsdam vaccination sites (see 12/30 communication and FAQ pages for links to each one)
  • Kinney Drugs in Canton or Potsdam -  Ride or connect to any of the buses
  • Walgreens Potsdam – Ride or connect with the SUNY Potsdam Bus
  • Price Chopper – Ride or connect with any of the three College buses (Clarkson, SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Canton) depending on if   you want to go to Potsdam Price Chopper or the Canton Price Chopper
  • St. Lawrence County Government Building  (80 State Hwy 310, Canton). Ride or connect with the SUNY Canton Bus. Departs Walmart at 5 after each hour. The St. Lawrence County Government Building has appointments Mondays (Pfizer Booster) and Tuesdays (Moderna Boosters).  While the County asks for appointments they have told us they will try to fit in student walk-ins during the booster clinic hours.  Please refer to their website for the documentation you will need to bring with you.


 Where do I submit my documentation on my booster?

Your documentation for primary vaccination, booster shots, extensions due to recently testing positive for COVID-19 and new exemptions need to be submitted below.   If you have a previously approved exemption, those will remain in place, subject to Federal and State regulations.


What if I have concerns about getting a booster shot? 

We encourage anyone who has questions about COVID-19 vaccines to speak to their medical provider.  That would be where you would go to initiate the process of requesting an exemption if they determine you are at risk for complications.  With the assistance of medical advice and/or legal counsel as needed, a determination of the reasonableness and appropriateness of the requested accommodation will be made.

How is Clarkson compliant with White House vaccine orders for federal contractors?

Per White House orders initiated in November and being further defined in regulations, Federal contractors with 100+ employees must comply with COVID-19 safety guidelines issued by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force (SFWTF). These guidelines require that federal contractors mandate vaccines for covered employees - which include student employees -- (and subject to medical or religious exemptions), and review proof of vaccine status in the form of a COVID-19 vaccination card or other official medical documentation.  By nature of research and certain aid grants, Clarkson is considered a federal contractor and by law must comply with the vaccination and verification requirements of the SFWTF guidelines by Jan. 18, 2022.


If I am immunocompromised, can I get additional booster doses? 

You can find answers on the NYSDOH website here
According to the CDC, moderately to severely immunocompromised people should receive an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. People with moderately to severely compromised immune systems are especially vulnerable to COVID-19, and may not build the same level of immunity to the two-dose vaccine series compared to people who are not immunocompromised. This additional dose intended to improve immunocompromised people’s response to their initial vaccine series. An additional dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (at least 28 days following the last dose of the primary COVID-19 vaccine series) should be considered for people with moderate to severe immune compromise due to a medical condition or receipt of immunosuppressive medications or treatments. These conditions and treatments include but are not limited to:

  •    Active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies
  •    Receipt of solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy
  •    Receipt of CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
  •    Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  •    Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  •    Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (i.e., ≥20mg  prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory.


Factors to consider in assessing the general level of immune competence in a patient include disease severity, duration, clinical stability,
complications, co-morbidities, and any potentially immunosuppressing treatment.  People should talk to their healthcare provider about their
medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.  (This information came from St. Lawrence County Public Health.)

Testing to Return to Work/Campus in January Q&A

SPRING SEMESTER TESTING

* Negative COVID-19 Test Required Before Returning to Work / Your Clarkson Family Unit in January *


What is the requirement?

All students and employees will be required to submit a PCR test (preferred for all and mandated for international travelers) no more than 72 hours before they return to campus or an antigen test no more than 24 hours before they return to campus.  If the antigen test is an at-home test, you will need to take a picture of the test with your full name and the date and time it was taken.  Do not enter the residence halls, class or participate in co-curricular/extra-curricular activities until you have a negative test result or are a past positive in the last 90 days.  

What if I have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days?

COVID-19 Positive Testers in Last 90 Days:  If you have had a positive COVID-19 test result in the last 90 days and have been cleared by Public Health to leave isolation, you will need to submit your public health release authorization form or documentation from your medical provider.     

When to get tested/what is the objective?

Testing is not necessarily based on the first day of class.  The objective for testing is that everyone returns to their Clarkson family unit and to their campus community without an active case of COVID-19. Therefore, the test and the timing of the test whether PCR (72 hours) or antigen (24 hours) should be confirmed negative before returning to be with the campus community/ your Clarkson family unit.  This is the same for employees and students so this makes the test date dependent upon the date each person plans to make that return to Potsdam/ to work. Example: Some athletic teams for winter sports are returning earlier so they will do their COVID-19 tests before they move back and participate in team activities. 

Where to get tested? 

This link takes you to the national site for where to get COVID-19 testing - https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/community-based-testing-sites/index.html.  
This website shows places to schedule appointments to get tested in New York State.  In Potsdam, testing is scheduled a week out with St. Lawrence Health System in Potsdam, Canton, Massena and Gouverneur: https://www.stlawrencehealthsystem.org/covid-19/schedule-covid-test and other St. Lawrence County medical care systems have hotlines to schedule testing: Claxton Hepburn Medical Center: 315-713-6655; Clifton-Fine Hospital: 315-848-8049; Community Health Center of the North Country: 315-379-8132.

SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton are among 10 new SUNY campus-based COVID-19 test sites to open Tuesday, Jan. 11. The sites will be open and provide appointment-based and walk-in COVID testing Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The SUNY Potsdam site will be in Merritt Hall, near Lot #6, 44 Pierrepont Ave. To book an appointment at SUNY Potsdam, visit here

The SUNY Canton site will be located in Dana Hall, 34 Cornell Drive.Each site will maintain capacity for approximately 225 appointments per day and up to 50 walk-ins. To book an appointment at SUNY Canton, visit here

What brands of at-home tests are approved?: 

The FDA has approved the use of 41 different at-home tests. These can be found at https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-emergency-use-authorizations-medical-devices/in-vitro-diagnostics-euas-antigen-diagnostic-tests-sars-cov-2

Where do I submit test results? 

Submitting Negative Test Results:  Students submit their negative test result by logging into their myCU and navigating to Tasks and Holds.   Employees submit to Clarksonhr@Clarkson.edu 


What is needed to provide proof of my home antigen test if I do this instead of using a public testing site or PCR-based test?  

We are Golden Knights.  Golden Knights do the right thing by their community.   Send us a photo of the result with the date/ time it is taken.   If your at home test says you are positive, do the right thing and follow up with your medical provider to report your positive case and do not return until cleared by public health.  If you have symptoms or are sick even if you test negative, wait to return to campus.   As always, for any student who needs to miss class, report this to the Dean of Students, deanofstudents@clarkson.edu. 

What is the Daily Screening Tool?

Per the University Safety Plan, we have a Daily Screening tool at https://checkin.clarkson.edu/health.php which is an ongoing reminder to look for symptoms of COVID-19 and to take the appropriate precautions and follow up steps based on your responses.  

Are masks still required?

Yes. The NYS HERO Act is still requiring mask wearing.  Keep wearing masks over your mouth and nose. Please limit your family unit to those you share an immediate overnight room or home.


 

 

For Clarkson Employees

Visit the Human Resources intranet pages on COVID-19, here

COVID-19 Dashboard for Academic Year 2021-22

At the start of the academic year, more than 98.7% of all students studying in person are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and 99% of all employees. 

The following positive results have been reported since January 1, 2022 from all testing sites for students and employees, including tests administered in our our Student Health and routine testing program.

These are current as of: January 18, 2022, 3:33 pm

Potsdam Campus: 

10

Active Student Cases

11

Recovered Student Cases

14

Active Employee Cases

14

Recovered Employee Cases

Other Campuses (Schenectady, Beacon):

0

Active Student Cases

0

Recovered Students Cases

1

Active Employee Cases

0

Recovered Employee Cases