Frequently Asked Questions

Lakers Together FAQ

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Will vaccination status be shared with instructors or campus employers?

No, however, it is legal to ask someone their vaccination status. Please see information from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Vaccines are addressed in Section K.  

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Will I be completely immune from COVID-19 after I’m fully vaccinated?

No vaccine is 100% effective and some people will still get COVID-19, but studies show you are much more likely to be able to fight off COVID-19 and reduce spread. The number of fully vaccinated people who will get sick, be hospitalized, or die from COVID-19 is much lower than those who are unvaccinated.

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Why require the COVID-19 vaccine and not others?

We are exploring requiring other vaccinations in the future, as many other universities do. For now, because of the imminent health threat of COVID-19, we have implemented the requirement for this vaccine as a condition of attendance and employment.

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Why is GVSU requiring the COVID-19 vaccine?

GVSU has a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and community are our top concerns. The COVID-19 vaccine is the single most effective tool in slowing, and even stopping, the spread of the virus. It reduces disease severity, hospitalizations, and deaths. The highly transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant is becoming more prevalent across the country and in Michigan. Some areas with low vaccination rates are seeing significant increases in their case numbers, including hospitalization rates and intensive care unit occupancy. Unvaccinated people are at the highest risk, and new infections are being seen across all age ranges.

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Who is required to be vaccinated for COVID-19?

GVSU is requiring all faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they have an approved exemption or postponement.

 

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Which GVSU employees are subject to the vaccine requirement?

GVSU employees under the vaccine requirement include all benefit eligible, non-benefit eligible, and temporary employees paid through university payroll.

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Where can I get my vaccine?

Vaccines are available now from health care providers, pharmacies, and local health departments. Visit Coronavirus - COVID-19 Vaccine (michigan.gov) for more information.

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Where can I get a COVID-19 test?

You can purchase at-home tests at pharmacies and other stores. You may get tested at your health care provider or other area testing sites.

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When am I considered up-to-date on the COVID-19 vaccine?

Here is the latest information from the CDC on the definition of up-to-date.

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What vaccines are available?

Visit the CDC's website for vaccine booster info

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What if people don’t get vaccinated?

Beginning in October, the university will begin enforcement of the vaccine requirement. GVSU is reaching out to those who are not in compliance with the policy to discuss individual circumstances and review how their decisions will affect their relationship with the university.

 

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What are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines?

You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine, since it does not contain any live or dead virus in it. Based on clinical trial and real-world data, the vaccines are as safe as any vaccines that have been routinely used for the last 40 years. Minimal adverse side effects have been reported and are typical of what is generally seen with other vaccines in widespread use. The most common side effects reported are fever, fatigue, chills, body aches, headaches, nausea and injection site pain. The most frequent side effects being reported in addition to the common side effects listed above are dizziness, weakness (fatigue) and a fast heartbeat. The vast majority of these side effects are short-term and usually resolve within a few days. For more information on COVID-19 vaccine safety and side effects, see the initial data review from the CDC.

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Is it legal for GVSU to require me to receive a COVID-19 vaccination?

Yes, the Equal Employer Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has approved employers requiring the vaccine.

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Is it legal for GVSU to ask about my vaccination status?

Yes. Please see this information from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Vaccines are addressed in Section K.  

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If I’m fully vaccinated do I ever need to get tested for COVID?

You must get tested immediately if you develop COVID-19 symptoms or 5-7 days after being exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

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If I have a health condition, can I still get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Always check with your health care provider if you have a health condition.

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If an employee or student chooses not to vaccinate or get an exemption, what are the consequences? 

Students and employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend or work at GVSU, unless they receive an approved exemption or postponement. Beginning in October, the university will begin enforcement of the vaccine requirement. GVSU is reaching out to those who are not in compliance with the policy to discuss individual circumstances and review how their decisions will affect their relationship with the university.

 

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I lost my COVID-19 Vaccination record, what do I do?

Michiganders ages 18 and older with immunization records posted in the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR), including COVID-19 vaccination, will be able to locate their own record online and download, save or print this information.

To ensure privacy and that individuals are only able to access their own immunization records, Michiganders must create a MILogin account and upload a valid government issued photo ID such as a driver's license, state ID or passport. There is no cost to access the portal.

Immunizations provided in another state or country may not be included in an individual's record in the portal. If an individual's immunization record can't be found, records can still be requested from a physician's office or local health department.

As the portal is only available for those 18 years or older, parents won't be able to download their child's immunization records. Parents may contact their child's physician's office or local health department to get a copy of their immunization records.

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I already got a COVID vaccine. What else do I need to do?

You must report your vaccination status to Med+Proctor and upload proof of vaccination. If you previously reported your vaccination status in the Lakers Together Self-Assessment, that information has been automatically uploaded to Med+Proctor and no further action is needed. For questions about COVID-19 vaccine reporting and exemptions, please contact exemptions@gvsu.edu

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How much will I have to pay to get vaccinated?

There is no out-of-pocket cost to receive the COVD-19 vaccine. They are available to all people living in the U.S., regardless of  insurance or immigration status.

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How does quarantine and isolation work?

Complete information can be found on the Quarantine and Isolation page. Students may also seek medical care by contacting the GVSU Family Health Center or their own health care provider. Additional resources have been compiled by the GVSU CARE Team, including both on-campus and community resources.

For those testing positive, the isolation period is 10 days, starting from either the first day of symptoms or the test date - whichever comes first. GVSU will allow a shortened isolation period according to CDC recommendations.

The quarantine period is 10 days from the contact’s last exposure to the person who tested positive for COVID. Those who are fully vaccinated up-to-date with vaccination, are not required to quarantine, but must get tested three-to-five to seven days after their last date of exposure and wear a mask until they receive negative results. If you are not up-to-date, notify your faculty and/or supervisor. Utilize the CDC quarantine calculator. GVSU requires that you get tested immediately if you have symptoms and 5-7 days after the exposure.

GVSU will allow a shortened quarantine period according to CDC recommendations.

Students in GVSU Housing will be notified and will facilitate any necessary quarantine or isolation accommodations. Students living off campus should make alternate quarantine or isolation accommodations.

 

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How does contact tracing work?

If you test positive it is your responsibility to notify any close contacts. Consistent with CDC and local health department guidelines, close contact is anyone who has been within 6 feet of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more over the course of 24 hours during the positive person’s infectious period. This is regardless of whether a mask is worn.

Consistent with CDC and local health department guidelines, close contact is anyone who has been within 6 feet of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more over the course of 24 hours during the positive person’s infectious period. This is regardless of whether a mask is worn or whether the contact is fully vaccinated.

GVSU will no longer contact trace unless there is an outbreak. If contact tracing needs to be done it will be done in partnership with Kent and/or Ottawa Counties.

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Does GVSU utilize wastewater testing?

GVSU has been monitoring wastewater on the Allendale Campus for close to a year, and recently partnered with Kent and Ottawa counties on a two-year program to detect genetic markers of the COVID-19 virus in wastewater. This effort will shed useful light on spatial and temporal trends in virus levels in wastewater, and provide valuable research opportunities for GVSU students.

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Do vaccines really work?

The science is strong. The COVID-19 vaccine has been shown both in clinical trials and through real-world data to reduce the risk for hospitalization and death by over 95%. Currently more than 99% of all deaths from COVID-19 infection occur with unvaccinated persons. Vaccination also substantially reduces the risk of long-haul symptoms from COVID-19.

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Do I need to get the vaccine if my work or classes are remote only?

The vaccine is the safest way to protect yourself and others. Students can apply for a temporary postponement if their course load is fully remote and none of their required or elected activities will bring them to campus. Employees can apply for a temporary postponement if their responsibilities will not bring them to campus. 

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Page last modified September 2, 2021