Vaccine Protocol

Starting fall 2021, the Maine Community College System (MCCS), which includes Central Maine Community College (CMCC), is requiring all students attending classes in person to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Getting vaccinated is the best way to reduce transmission of COVID-19 and reduce the likelihood of outbreaks on our campuses.

This protocol will be in effect for the duration of the 2021-22 academic year.  Here are details on the student vaccine protocol:

Who is required to get a vaccine?

Any students and trainees attending classes or training at accessing CMCC facilities, including off-site education centers.

When do students need to get a vaccine?

Students must provide proof they received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine prior to attending their first in-person class.  Students who require a second dose of a vaccine must provide proof of the second dose no later than 30 days from the date of their first in-person class.

For a list of COVID-19 vaccine clinics in our area, please visit Vaccines.gov.

Which vaccines are accepted?

Johnson and Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are accepted. International students may provide proof of vaccines from the World Health Organization (WHO) Emergency Use Listing.

Does the protocol apply to students studying remotely?

No. Students who are fully remote and will not be entering campus buildings for any purpose will not need proof of vaccination. Approximately 45 percent of courses are being delivered remotely this fall.

Does the protocol apply to students studying at off-campus centers?

Yes. The protocol does apply to students studying at off-campus centers. It also applies to situations where the instructor and the students or trainees are all from CMCC, such as a CMCC night class offered at a high school.

It does not apply when CMCC instructors are providing training at a business for its employees, or at a CTE center or high school for high school students.

Request for Exemption or Accommodation

Students may request an exemption from the vaccination protocol. Students seeking a medical exemption should contact CMCC Disability Services at disabilityservices@cmcc.edu or (207) 755-5277 for more information and for a medical exemption form.

Approval of exemption is not guaranteed. CMCC will be following CDC guidelines in reviewing requests for exemptions, and any request for exemption will be reviewed each semester.

Any student granted an exemption will be required to take weekly COVID tests and provide the test results to a designated college official.

CMCC will not consider exemptions based on religious or philosophical beliefs.

What happens if a student does not submit proof of vaccinations in time?

Students who do not provide proof of vaccination at the designated time will face immediate unenrollment from all in-person classes.

Does the masking protocol remain in place?

Yes. Masks are currently required indoors at all CMCC facilities.

Will the daily health screening on campus continue?

Yes. CMCC is continuing to use the daily health screening in the Mustang Mobile app for all people entering CMCC facilities. Visit cmcc.campusapp.com to download the Mustang Mobile app.

You may also complete the daily health screening using a web browser on your mobile device or desktop computer. If you complete the health screening on a desktop computer, please print your results and display them at the security checkpoint.

How will colleges manage the vaccine verification process?

CMCC already tracks the vaccination status of students. We will use the same system currently used to verify other vaccination requirements.

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