COVID Vaccine Requirement

Harper HC Division Policy

In keeping with the requirements of our clinical partners and our responsibility to provide safe, and ethical treatment in our campus clinics, Harper College is requiring all health career students who engage in direct patient care to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. This includes all health career students except those who are only enrolled in courses or programs such as Cannabis Science and Therapeutics or Health Information Technology, in which students have no direct contact with patients.

Unvaccinated students should begin their vaccine series as soon as possible. Students must receive the last dose of the vaccine series (one shot for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine plus one booster, or two shots for the Pfizer or Moderna series) no later than two weeks prior to the start of classes. Students must upload proof of vaccination in the appropriate program tracking system. Failure to provide documentation of a completed vaccine series by the first day of classes, will result in student dismissal from clinical courses.

Students can obtain Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations free of charge at the NCH Outpatient Care Center located on the Harper campus. For more information visit the site below:

Religious and medical exemptions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

For more information, see the COVID-19 Vaccine Policy: FAQ page.

COVID-19 Vaccine Policy: Process for Applying for Exemption

  1. Medical and religious exemptions for the COVID-19 vaccine will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  2. Paperwork for the requests for medical or religious exemptions is available via the Harper college website. There are two separate forms depending on the type of exemption requested. Download the Exemption Request Forms
  3. The application forms for requests for religious and medical exemptions are available to print. When completed, the forms should be uploaded with any additional supporting documents to the following form: Submit the Vaccine Exemption Request Forms
  4. Program Coordinators will be notified when an application is submitted by a student in the corresponding program.
  5. The Exemption Review Panel (ERP) meets monthly to review and consider applications as they are submitted. The first ERP meeting for the Spring 2022 semester will be in February.
  6. Consideration of each application and supporting materials will be completed using an evaluation rubric.
  7. Decisions or requests for additional information (if needed) will be relayed back to the student within 3 business days of the ERP meeting date for the month.
  8. As the Panel Communications Chair, J. Smith will communicate decisions to the student via email and will notify the corresponding Program Coordinator.
  9. If the exemption is granted by Harper, students should anticipate that additional paperwork will be requested by the assigned clinical agency for each clinical course per each individual agency’s policy. Agency partners will expect a similar exemption review process prior to allowing students to come to the site for clinical education. While an exemption may be granted by Harper College, clinical sites reserve the right to deny students a clinical rotation based on vaccination status.
  10. If denied, students may appeal the decision made by the ERP by pursuing the Student Non-Academic Complaint Process.
  11. Any questions regarding the Division’s policy, the process for applying for exemption or other concerns can be sent to the Director of Nursing, Jennifer Smith via email at:

Last Updated: 6/27/22