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Palomar College to Require Vaccines for Students and Staff

Palomar staff and students must show proof of vaccination by Oct.11, 2021

Students taking face-to-face classes will need to provide proof of vaccination starting Monday, October 11, 2021, said school officials in their latest update on COVID-19.

On August 23, 2021, the Pfizer vaccine was officially authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for individuals age 16 and older. FDA authorization means the Pfizer vaccine has been subjected to extensive testing and has met the organization’s standards for being safe and effective.

Following its approval, the college has announced that the Pfizer vaccine will be required for all staff members and students attending class on the premises. Students can submit proof of vaccination online through the MyPalomar portal.

Those who can’t get the vaccine due to medical or religious reasons are able to fill out an exemption request e-form. According to the college’s website, individuals who are exempt must comply with weekly onsite testing.

Palomar will be hosting public vaccinations at its San Marcos, Escondido, and Fallbrook locations throughout the month of September. The event schedule, as well as a step-by-step walkthrough for submitting proof or requesting an exemption, can be found on Palomar’s website under COVID-19 updates.

In the meantime, students are still required to fill out a pre-screening health questionnaire every day before coming on campus. The questionnaire is accessible through the MyPalomar app or online via Campus Cloud.

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