Facilities Resources Traveling Abroad FAQs MU Communications If you have symptoms COVID 19 Protocols, Policies, Procedures, SHS On Campus Programming Guidelines
Last updated: May 19, 2021
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As we receive updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus Disease 2019, we want to keep you informed as well. We encourage you to visit the CDC’s website for the most up-to-date information available. Another key resource is NAFSA’s (Association of International Educators) website, which provides details on critical updates, travel notices, and how international education is being affected.
If you have a question that is not addressed in the comprehensive information below, please call our COVID-19 hotline at 703-284-5782 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- COVID-19 is present globally, and a pandemic has been declared by the World Health Organization’s (WHO).
- COVID-19 is a respiratory disease similar to influenza. Individuals should take everyday preventative measures and take antiviral medication if prescribed.
- If you are ill, you are advised to stay home, avoid travel, and wear a mask when outside the home. Avoid taking ibuprofen products if you have COVID-19 symptoms, which can make the virus worse. It is best to take acetaminophen as directed.
- Marymount is closely monitoring the course of COVID-19. Recommendations from the CDC, World Health Organization, and Virginia Department of Health are being implemented as received. We are also participating in weekly discussions with the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area in order to jointly monitor coronavirus developments on campuses throughout the region.
- Marymount implemented a vaccination clinic on campus in the spring and will continue to provide vaccination opportunities for students, staff, and faculty.
Who to contact at Marymount:
- Health Concerns: Please reach out to Student Health Services at 703-284-1610 or email@example.com.
- Global Education/Study Abroad questions: Please reach out to Victor Betancourt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- International student travel concerns: Please reach out to Aline Orfali at email@example.com.
- Media inquiries: Please direct any media concerns or questions to Communications Specialist Nick Munson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You can view a list of Marymount Community members with expertise related to the COVID-19 pandemic here.
- Residence Life concerns (on Main Campus or at the Rixey): Please reach out to Susan Boyd in the Office of Student Living at email@example.com, 703-284-1608.
- General COVID-19 questions: Please call our hotline at 703-284-5782, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also reach out to Dr. Laura Finkelstein in Student Health and Well-being at 703-908-7561.
If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or have tested positive:
If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or have tested positive and reside on campus, live in the Rixey, or have visited campus in the past 14 days:
What is COVID-19?
What is the risk?
What are the symptoms?
How is it transmitted?
What if you are traveling?
How do I prevent getting sick?
What is MU’s Student Health Services (SHS) doing about COVID-19?
What if I am a faculty or staff member with more questions?
Where can I find more information?
Marymount facilities and operations information
Are residence halls still open?
Are family and friends from outside Marymount allowed in my dorm room?
Will I receive a refund for housing or parking costs?
What is the CARES Act?
Who is eligible and what action do they need to take?
Can students receive any assistance if not eligible under the CARES Act?
What if you previously submitted an Emergency Tuition Assistance application?
What is Marymount doing with CARES Act funds?
What has Marymount done to secure vaccines for faculty and staff?
How are vaccine doses distributed?
How do local health districts know how many doses they will receive?
When will Local Health Districts move into Phase 1b of vaccine eligibility?
When will there be enough doses available for everyone who is eligible to receive them?
Once I have received the vaccine, how do I share this information with Marymount?
When will students be eligible to receive the vaccine?
What role is Marymont playing to assist in the local vaccination effort?
Will Marymount offer vaccinations on campus?
How is Marymount planning for the vaccine effort?
How can I stay informed on the latest vaccine information?
Visit VDH’s COVID-19 Daily Dashboard to stay informed about the numbers of vaccines distributed and administered in Virginia.
- Arlington County COVID-19 Response
- VDH COVID-19 Vaccination Response
- COVID-19 vaccine FAQ
- FDA: Emergency Use Authorization for Vaccines Explained
- CDC: Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine
- CDC: 8 Things to Know about the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program
Is it safe to take the vaccine?
COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. The vaccines were approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after rigorous testing. To date, hundreds of millions of people have received a COVID-19 vaccine. There are continuous safety monitoring systems to make sure that COVID-19 vaccines remain safe.
What are the side effects of the vaccine?
Some people may not experience any side effects from the vaccines. Others may experience physical side effects such as swelling, redness or pain at the injection site, fever, headache, tiredness, muscle pain, chills and nausea. In rare cases, a person may have had a severe allergic reaction (called “anaphylaxis”) after receiving vaccination. If this occurs, providers and staff at vaccination sites can provide medications that immediately treat the reaction.
Has the vaccine been tested on people like me (race, ethnicity, age)?
The Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines were tested on people in different racial, ethnic and age groups prior to their initial approval by the FDA. Over 120 million vaccines have been given in the U.S. so far (as of 3/30/21), with many of those given to diverse populations. Federal agencies and drug companies will continue to monitor these vaccines for effectiveness.
Am I required to take the vaccine?
Right now, there is not a national vaccine requirement in the U.S. It is possible that individual organizations, schools, employers or industries may require the COVID-19 vaccine in the future. It may also be required for domestic or international travel in some countries.
How much does the vaccine cost?
According to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), the COVID-19 vaccine is offered at no cost to all Americans. There are many locations in the U.S. where you can safely receive a vaccine at no cost.
If you choose to receive your shot from a health care provider, they may or may not charge you for the shot and additional administration costs for your visit. If you receive an FDA-approved vaccine such as Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson, you can be reimbursed for the cost of the shot. However, you may not be reimbursed for any additional administrative medical costs.
Check with your health care provider regarding the cost of the vaccine prior to receiving your vaccine shot.
COVID Vaccine resource by state ( 04/09/2021 )
NEW HAMPSHIRE https://www.vaccines.nh.gov/
NEW JERSEY https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/vaccine
NEW MEXICO https://cv.nmhealth.org/covid-vaccine/
NORTH CAROLINA https://myspot.nc.gov/
NORTH DAKOTA https://www.health.nd.gov/covidvaccinelocator
PUERTO RICO https://www.vacunatepr.com/covid-19
RHODE ISLAND https://covid.ri.gov/vaccination
SOUTH CAROLINA https://vaxlocator.dhec.sc.gov/
WEST VIRGINIA https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/Pages/Vaccine.aspx
Is it legal to mandate students, staff, or faculty to get the vaccine?
Yes, requiring a COVID-19 vaccine is consistent with both Federal and Virginia law.
Are other schools mandating the vaccine?
Yes, the vast majority of other private and public universities are mandating students get the vaccine, and a growing number are also mandating that staff and faculty receive it.
If we all get vaccinated, will there be other safety measures in place?
Yes. Even after vaccination, there is a (very low) risk of becoming infected. As such, we will still be implementing safety protocols such as social distancing and masking in certain contexts. You will hear more about these protocols before the Fall 2021 semester.
The vaccine has not been out for long and is currently under Emergency Use Authorization. How do I know it is safe?
The COVID-19 vaccine has been tested on tens of thousands of people from varying demographics and health profiles. Using data from clinical and non-clinical trials, a submission is made for EUA which requires a high standard of proof of safety. Read more about the EUA process here.
Can faithful Catholics receive the vaccines since they are connected to abortion?
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has affirmed that being vaccinated “can be an act of charity that serves the common good.” Both Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI have been vaccinated.
According to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), when ethically irreproachable COVID-19 vaccines are not available, “it is morally acceptable to receive COVID-19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses in their research and production process.” The CDF goes on to say that use of these vaccines does not equate with cooperating with the evil of abortion. Rather, due to the grave danger presented by COVID-19, “it must therefore be considered that, in such a case, all vaccinations recognized as clinically safe and effective can be used in good conscience with the certain knowledge that the use of such vaccines does not constitute formal cooperation with the abortion from which the cells used in production of the vaccines derive.” Find more info here.
Does the J&J vaccine go against the Catholic Church?
Concerns about the J&J vaccine center around the fact that this vaccine used aborted fetal-cell lines in its development, testing, and production. Moderna and Pfizer used abortion-derived cell lines during testing, but not in production. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has stated that “if one can choose among equally safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, the vaccine with the least connection to abortion-derived cell lines should be chosen. Therefore, if one has the ability to choose a vaccine, Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccines should be chosen over Johnson & Johnson’s. Find more info here.
How do I apply for a religious or medical exemption?
In the coming weeks, we will be posting an exemption form online that students, staff, and faculty will be able to use in order to request a religious or medical exemption.
What if I just don’t want to get the vaccine?
The University has decided to require the vaccine in accordance with our top priority, the health and safety of our community. Barring unique situations and exemptions, we expect every individual to get vaccinated. Not wanting to, or being anxious about getting a vaccine (which is common for many individuals) in this case does not take precedence over saving lives on our campus and in our community. Thank you for doing your part!
I’m an international student and not sure I’ll be able to get vaccinated in my home country. What should I do?
We will be providing a timeline for vaccination that will allow international students time to come to the U.S. and get vaccinated locally if needed.
I’m an international student and I received a vaccine different from the ones approved in the US, will that be accepted?
Non-US-approved vaccines (i.e. vaccines not approved by either the CDC or WHO) will not be accepted. However, you are able to get another vaccine once in the US after a period of time.