1. COVID Vaccine Requirement and FAQs

FranU requires all faculty, staff, and students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. In the interest of the health and safety of the entire campus community, exemptions are limited to those reasons consistent with Louisiana state laws. Documentation of COVID-19 vaccine or a properly executed waiver must be submitted by all students through Softdocs and by all employees through Axion.

FAQ

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Am I required by FranU to get the COVID-19 vaccination?

Yes, all FranU faculty, staff and students who will be on campus for ANY reason are required to be vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination with one of the following COVID-19 vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson and Johnson. Any student whose course registration is limited to online programs that do not require meeting physically on campus for any reason or at any time will be excluded from submitting proof of the COVID-19 vaccine.

What does it mean to be fully vaccinated?

To ensure adequate time for an immune response to occur, a person is considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after completion of a two-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna) or 2 weeks after single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson).

If I get a vaccination now do I still need to submit a negative COVID test before coming to campus?

Yes, you are not considered fully vaccinated until 2 weeks after final vaccine dose, so you still need to submit results of a COVID test to healthandsafety@franu.edu prior to returning to campus for Fall 2021.

Where can I get vaccinated?

FranU strongly urges members of its community to get an available appointment for vaccination wherever they can as soon as they become eligible. The State of Louisiana has opened vaccination to all individuals aged 12 and older. Call 1-855-453-0774 to find a vaccination location near you, visit the Louisiana Department of Health’s website here or here for vaccine information and locations. Out of state residents should contact their local or state authorities for information.

• Through the Lake Health System https://fmolhs.org/coronavirus...

• Outside of the Lake Health System https://ldh.la.gov/covidvaccin...

• You can also try Individual pharmacy websites. Examples: o Walgreen's https://www.walgreens.com/phar... o CVS https://www.cvs.com/immunizati... o Walmart https://www.walmart.com/cp/flu...

• Federal COVID-19 drive through Community Vaccination Center.

o Located at 7359 Florida Boulevard in Baton Rouge in the Bon Carre rear parking lot of the old Bon Marche Mall.

o Drive through hours are:

• 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays

• 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays

• 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays

o All people ages 12 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Louisiana, though 12 through 17-year-olds are only eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine. o Pre-registration and an appointment are required. Click here to register and schedule an appointment.

Will there be exemptions to immunization against COVID-19?

Students, faculty, and staff may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement for reasons consistent with Louisiana state vaccine laws.

EMPLOYEES may request exemption by providing documentation attached to the COVID-19 Vaccination Form in Softdocs as described below. FranU faculty and staff who hold a second job with an FMOLHS entity MUST submit either a medical or religious exemption to Employee Health via Axion to comply with the requirements for employees of FMOLHS.

Medical exemption: attach documentation signed by your physician stating why the COVID-19 vaccine is contraindicated.

• Religious exemption: attach documentation signed by your faith leader (priest, minister, rabbi, etc) stating why your faith does not all COVID-19 vaccination.

• Ethical exemption: attach documentation stating why you are ethically opposed to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

STUDENTS: Students may request exemption by providing documentation attached to the COVID-19 Vaccination Form in Softdocs as described below. Clinical students should note that clinical placement is not guaranteed to students who are not fully vaccinated.

• Medical exemption: attach documentation from physician stating why the COVID-19 vaccine is contraindicated.

• Religious exemption: attach documentation from your faith leader (priest, minister, rabbi, etc.) stating why your faith does not allow COVID-19 vaccination.

• Ethical exemption: attach documentation stating why you are ethically opposed to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

What is the deadline for submitting proof of vaccination or request for exemption?

Faculty, staff and students planning to be present on campus, for the 2021-22 academic year must provide proof of having received their first dose of Pfizer or Moderna or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine by August 13, 2021. Persons submitting documentation of the first dose of a two-dose vaccine will be allowed access to campus and will be marked “partially compliant” until proof of the second dose is provided.

How do I submit proof of vaccination?

EMPLOYEES submit their Covid vaccine documentation in Softdocs. Have documentation ready to submit as an attachment. Employees who have previously submitted their vaccine documentation via Axion do not need to resubmit through Softdocs.

The form titled "EMP-COVID-19 Vaccine Reporting Form" has been updated and may be accessed through myPortal>Softdocs Etrieve Central>Forms>EMP-COVID-19 Vaccine Reporting Form. Only complete the form if you employee number and name automatically populate when you click on the form. If blank, contact the ISSC at 165-HELP to put in a Footprints ticket.

In addition to submitting your vaccine documentation via Softdocs, FranU faculty and staff who hold a second job with an FMOLHS entity MUST submit their vaccine documentation to Employee Health via Axion to comply with the requirements for employees of FMOLHS.

STUDENTS submit their Covid vaccine documentation in Softdocs. Have your requested documentation ready to submit as attachment.

The form titled "STU-COVID-19 Vaccine Reporting Form" has been updated and may be accessed through myPortal> Softdocs Etrieve Central> Forms> STU-COVID-19 Vaccine Reporting Form. Only complete the form if your Student ID and name automatically populate when you click on the form. If those fields are blank, please wait 24 hours and try again. If still blank, contact the ISSC at 765-HELP to put in a Footprints ticket.

I already had COVID-19. Do I still need to show proof of vaccination?

Yes.

I lost my vaccine card.

Contact the site where you received your vaccine. They may be able to provide you with proof of vaccination. You can also contact your state’s health department. Some states have registries that include adult vaccines. In Louisiana, check MyIR or the LA Wallet app. Proof of vaccine is required.

I have two vaccine cards.

If you received separate vaccine cards for each dose of a multi-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna), please upload a photo or scanned copy of the front of each card.

If I have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days, can I still receive the vaccine?

It is recommended that you seek the advice of your personal health care provider. Generally, as long as you have been released from isolation, are no longer symptomatic and have been medically cleared by a doctor after having COVID-19, you are able to get vaccinated. You do not have to wait until 90 days after your diagnosis. As long as you are not actively sick, you are able to get the vaccine.

Do I still need to follow FranU’s health and safety protocols-vaccinated or unvaccinated?

Yes, everyone is expected to continue to follow all campus health and safety protocols, including required COVID-19 testing, wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance, completing your daily health assessment and reporting and symptoms or exposures to the Health & Safety Office via Softdocs form for this purpose.

If a student tests positive, will others in those classes be notified that there has been a positive test?

People will be notified if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. Close contact is defined as being within less than 6 feet away from the COVID-positive individual for at least 15 minutes cumulatively over a 24-hour period. Use of seating charts in classes will aid with contact tracing.

What is the procedure if you are notified that you have been in close contact with someone with a positive test?

All people should take a COVID test immediately after a known or suspected exposure to COVID-19.

• If positive, they should isolate immediately.

• If negative, they should retest again between five and seven days post-exposure.

• If they develop symptoms of COVID-19 at any point they should test and immediately isolate pending the results.

At this time CDC advises that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine following an exposure to COVID-19 but test 3-5 days following exposure.