Programs And Courses

COVID-19 Immunization Requirements of Clinical Facilities

All programs in the HACC School of Health Sciences and noncredit health career programs require immunizations in accordance with state and federal laws as well as in compliance with the state boards that oversee our programs. These align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for healthcare workers. As members of a community who provide care to the most vulnerable populations, it is our duty as good stewards not to spread disease. All programs have permitted declination of immunization (in accordance with federal and state law) for medical or religious reasons, as educational institutions are not permitted to discriminate. All 50 states allow exemption for medical reasons, 47 states permit exemption for religious reasons and 17 states permit declination for personal reasons.

Required immunizations include annual TB testing, documentation of measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, tetanus, diphtheria pertussis, annual flu and hepatitis B vaccinations. In the absence of vaccination records, titers showing immunity for these immunizations are required. There have been no changes to these requirements by HACC.

With the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine, some of our clinical sites are updating their requirements for COVID-19 vaccination. HACC must also follow the requirements of our clinical sites with regard to immunization requirements. It is the decision of the clinical sites, not HACC, if immunizations are required for our students.

Effective for the summer and fall 2021 semesters :

  • Some clinical facility partners will (a) not permit students to participate in clinical experiences at any of their facilities without the COVID-19 vaccination or (b) require information on the percentage of COVID-19 vaccinated students.
  • There are two major facility partners that are also refusing to accept declinations for the standard immunizations listed above.
  • As per the policy of clinical facility partners, “students are not employees and have neither employee benefits nor access through employee health services at the facility, therefore, accommodations for declination of vaccination will not be honored.”
  • This new requirement has been imposed by the clinical facility partners. As guests of each facility, HACC clinical programs must abide by the rules of the facility. HACC is not imposing this policy.
  • Students are not being required to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine. However, students in health career programs will be required to submit information regarding their vaccination status for the summer and fall 2021 semesters.
  • Advisors will notify students prior to applying to a health career program, as a declination may impact and limit their choice of campus and program of study.
     
Steps Needed for Each Impacted Program
# Program Steps students should take if they are already vaccinated for COVID- 19 Steps students should take if they plan to be vaccinated for COVID-19 Steps students should take if they decline to be vaccinated for COVID-19

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Associate Degree Registered Nursing Program  













 
  • A new shelf has been added to all student platforms on Castle Branch.
  • Answer the question: Have you received COVID-19 vaccination? Yes or No?
  • If yes, load a copy of your vaccine record (card) to Castle Branch. There is a shelf for both the first and second vaccine. If a student has received one of two vaccines an alert will be created to remind the student to load the second.
  • If no, this requirement will be marked as complete.
  • Do this by May 5, 2021, for students with clinical summer programs/experiences and by July 1 if not scheduled until fall for clinical.

     
  • A new shelf has been added to all student platforms on Castle Branch.
  • Answer the question: Have you received COVID-19 vaccination? Yes or No?
  • If yes, load a copy of your vaccine record (card) to Castle Branch. There is a shelf for both the first and second vaccine. If a student has received one of two vaccines an alert will be created to remind the student to load the second.
  • If no, this requirement will be marked as complete.
  • Do this by May 5, 2021, for students with clinical summer programs/experiences and by July 1 if not scheduled until fall for clinical.

     
  • A new shelf has been added to all student platforms on Castle Branch.
  • Answer the question: Have you received COVID-19 vaccination? Yes or No?
  • If yes, load a copy of your vaccine record (card) to Castle Branch. There is a shelf for both the first and second vaccine. If a student has received one of two vaccines an alert will be created to remind the student to load the second.
  • If no, this requirement will be marked as complete.
  • Do this by May 5, 2021, for students with clinical summer programs/experiences and by July 1 if not scheduled until fall for clinical.
  • Note that you will be placed at clinical sites that do not require the vaccination.
2.






 
Cardiology Technician





 
  • No clinical sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked to voluntarily supply this information.


     
  • No clinical sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked to voluntarily supply this information.


     
  • No clinical sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked to voluntarily supply this information.
  • Should facilities begin to require students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, it will affect the student’s choice of classes in the future.
3. CVT – Cardiac Sonography
  • No sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked by the clinical site to voluntarily supply this information.
  • No sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked by the clinical site to voluntarily supply this information.
  • No sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked by the clinical site to voluntarily supply this information.
  • Should facilities begin to require students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, it will affect the student’s choice of classes in the future.
4. CVT – Invasive Cardiovascular Technology
  • No sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked by the clinical site to voluntarily supply this information.
  • No sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked by the clinical site to voluntarily supply this information.
  • No sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked by the clinical site to voluntarily supply this information. ● Should facilities begin to require students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, it will affect the student’s choice of classes in the future.
5.






 
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer




 
  • No sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked by the clinical site to voluntarily supply this information.


     
  •  No sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked by the clinical site to voluntarily supply this information.


     
  • No sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked by the clinical site to voluntarily supply this information.
  • Should facilities begin to require students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, it will affect the student’s choice of classes in the future.
6.






 
Medical Assistant





 
  • No sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked by the clinical site to voluntarily supply this information.


     
  • No sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked by the clinical site to voluntarily supply this information.


     
  • No sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked by the clinical site to voluntarily supply this information.
  • Should facilities begin to require students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, it will affect the student’s choice of classes in the future.
7.








 
Medical Assistant/CCMA







 
  • At this time, none of the Medical Assistant/CCMA Program clinical sites are requiring students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Therefore, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is not required and registration steps are no different than pre-COVID-19.

     
  • At this time, none of the Medical Assistant/CCMA Program clinical sites are requiring students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Therefore, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is not required and registration steps are no different than pre-COVID-19.

     
  • At this time, none of the Medical Assistant/CCMA Program clinical sites are requiring students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Therefore, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is not required and registration steps are no different than pre-COVID-19.
  • Should facilities begin to require students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, it will affect the student’s choice of clinical sites.
8.








 
Medical Assistant Certificate






 
  • At this time, none of the Medical Assistant Certificate Program clinical sites are requiring students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Therefore, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is not required and registration steps are no different than pre-COVID-19.

     
  • At this time, none of the Medical Assistant Certificate Program clinical sites are requiring students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Therefore, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is not required and registration steps are no different than pre-COVID-19.

     
  • At this time, none of the Medical Assistant Certificate Program clinical sites are requiring students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Therefore, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is not required and registration steps are no different than pre-COVID-19.
  • Should facilities begin to require students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, it will affect the student’s choice of clinical sites.
9.






 
Medical Laboratory Technician




 
  • No sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked by the clinical site to voluntarily supply this information.



     
  •  No sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked by the clinical site to voluntarily supply this information.



     
  • No sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked by the clinical site to voluntarily supply this information.
  • Should facilities begin to require students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, it will affect the student’s choice of classes in the future.
10.







 
Nurse Aide







 
  • At this time, none of the Nurse Aide Program clinical sites are requiring students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. 
  • Therefore, proof of vaccination is not required and registration steps are no different than pre-COVID-19.


     
  • At this time, none of the Nurse Aide Program clinical sites are requiring students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Therefore, proof of vaccination is not required and registration steps are no different than pre-COVID-19.


     
  • At this time, none of the Nurse Aide Program clinical sites are requiring students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Therefore, proof of vaccination is not required and registration steps are no different than pre-COVID-19.
  • Should facilities begin to require students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, it will affect the student’s choice of classes.
11.








 
Nurse Aide Certificate







 
  • At this time, none of the Nurse Aide Certificate Program clinical sites are requiring students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Therefore, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is not required and registration steps are no different than pre-COVID-19.


     
  • At this time, none of the Nurse Aide Certificate Program clinical sites are requiring students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Therefore, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is not required and registration steps are no different than pre-COVID-19.


     
  • At this time, none of the Nurse Aide Certificate Program clinical sites are requiring students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Therefore, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is not required and registration steps are no different than pre-COVID-19.
  • Should facilities begin to require students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, it will affect the student’s choice of clinical sites.
12.








 
Phlebotomy Technician Program






 
  • At this time, none of the Phlebotomy Technician Program clinical sites are requiring students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Therefore, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is not required and registration steps are no different than pre-COVID-19.


     
  • At this time, none of the Phlebotomy Technician Program clinical sites are requiring students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Therefore, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is not required and registration steps are no different than pre-COVID-19.


     
  • At this time, none of the Phlebotomy Technician Program clinical sites are requiring students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Therefore, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is not required and registration steps are no different than pre-COVID-19.
  • Should facilities begin to require students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, it will affect the student’s choice of clinical sites.
13.
















 
Practical Nursing Program  














 
  • A new shelf has been added to all student platforms on Castle Branch.
  • Answer the question: Have you received COVID-19 vaccination? Yes or No?
  • If yes, load a copy of your vaccine record (card) to Castle Branch. There is a shelf for both the first and second vaccine. If a student has received one of two vaccines an alert will be created to remind the student to load the second.
  • If no, this requirement will be marked as complete.
  • Do this by May 5, 2021, for students with clinical summer programs/experiences and by July 1 if not scheduled until fall for clinical.

     
  • A new shelf has been added to all student platforms on Castle Branch.
  • Answer the question: Have you received COVID-19 vaccination? Yes or No?
  • If yes, load a copy of your vaccine record (card) to Castle Branch. There is a shelf for both the first and second vaccine. If a student has received one of two vaccines an alert will be created to remind the student to load the second.
  • If no, this requirement will be marked as complete.
  • Do this by May 5, 2021, for students with clinical summer programs/experiences and by July 1 if not scheduled until fall for clinical.

     
  • A new shelf has been added to all student platforms on Castle Branch.
  • Answer the question: Have you received COVID-19 vaccination? Yes or No?
  • If yes, load a copy of your vaccine record (card) to Castle Branch. There is a shelf for both the first and second vaccine. If a student has received one of two vaccines an alert will be created to remind the student to load the second.
  • If no, this requirement will be marked as complete.
  • Do this by May 5, 2021, for students with clinical summer programs/experiences and by July 1 if not scheduled until fall for clinical.
  • Note that you will be placed at clinical sites that do not require the vaccination.
14.






 
Radiologic Technology





 
  • No sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked to voluntarily supply this information.



     
  • No sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked to voluntarily supply this information.



     
  • No sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked to voluntarily supply this information.
  • Should facilities begin to require students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, it will affect the student’s choice of classes in the future.
15.










 
Respiratory Therapist









 
  • No sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked by the clinical site to voluntarily supply this information.
  • Students will eventually be able to upload their vaccine cards to Castle Branch on a voluntary basis.




     
  • No sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked by the clinical site to voluntarily supply this information.
  • Students will eventually be able to upload their vaccine cards to Castle Branch on a voluntary basis.




     
  • No sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked by the clinical site to voluntarily supply this information.
  • Students will eventually be able to upload their vaccine cards to Castle Branch on a voluntary basis.
  • Should facilities begin to require students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, it will affect the student’s choice of classes in the future
  •  
16.






 
Surgical Technology





 
  • No sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked by the clinical site to voluntarily supply this information.



     
  • No sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked by the clinical site to voluntarily supply this information.



     
  • No sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked by the clinical site to voluntarily supply this information.
  • Should facilities begin to require students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, it will affect the student’s choice of classes in the future.
Frequently Asked Questions
  • If I decline to receive the standard vaccinations for medical, religious or personal reasons, what happens if I am unable to be placed in a clinical site?
    For the Nursing Program, the only campus presently able to provide clinical for every experience is the Harrisburg Campus. Declination will limit your choice of campus.
     
  • Will HACC be requiring COVID-19 vaccination?
    At the present time, this is not a requirement. As this pandemic response evolves, decisions will be made based on state and federal legislation.
     
  • If I decline to receive a COVID vaccination for medical, religious or personal reasons, what will happen if I am unable to be placed at a clinical site?
    Presently, there are only a few institutions that are requiring vaccination. Students’ clinical assignments will need to be modified to assure that students meet the required clinical hours.
     
  • How might this impact my choice of campus?
    Some campuses use these clinical sites with restrictions exclusively. Allotted clinical hours are approved by the state boards for each program and accreditation agencies. If there is no other site to complete the required clinical hours, students will need to choose a campus that has alternative sites. For some of our programs, there will be very limited options. Students should check with their advisor before making a program or campus selection.
     
  • I am interested in the Nurse Aide, Phlebotomy Technician or Medical Assistant/CCMA non-credit programs. Who do I contact if I have any questions with regard to COVID-19 vaccination?
    Students can email nchealth@hacc.edu or call 717-221-1352. They will be directed to the appropriate staff to discuss their questions.
     
  • How do I provide my COVID-19 vaccination status?
    Each program will assure students have a clear understanding of how to submit the information. Each program uses a repository that stores information in a manner that assures confidentiality. All program requirements for immunizations, clearances, and physical exams are managed using these repositories.
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