Programs And Courses

COVID-19 Immunization Requirements of Clinical Facilities

Last updated: Sept 10, 2021

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 several 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • With the recent approval of COVID-19 vaccination, most clinical agencies are NOW requiring vaccination.
  • NOTE: The program cannot guarantee clinical placement IF a clinical site requires the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Without placement, students cannot meet the program outcomes required by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing to graduate.
2.






 
Cardiology Technician





 
  • A clinical experience is not required in this program.
  • A clinical experience is not required in this program.

     
  • A clinical experience is not required in this program.
  • 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
  • Several sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked by the clinical site to voluntarily supply this information.
  • Several sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked by the clinical site to voluntarily supply this information.
  • Several sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked by the clinical site to voluntarily supply this information.
  • NOTE: The program cannot guarantee clinical placement IF a clinical site requires the COVID-19 vaccination.
4. CVT – Invasive Cardiovascular Technology
  • Several sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked by the clinical site to voluntarily supply this information.
  • Several sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked by the clinical site to voluntarily supply this information.
  • Several sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked by the clinical site to voluntarily supply this information.
  • NOTE: The program cannot guarantee clinical placement IF a clinical site requires the COVID-19 vaccination.
5.






 
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer




 
  • Several clinical sites are requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for students.
  • Several clinical sites are requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for students.
  • Several clinical sites are requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for students.
  • Students will upload their vaccine record into Castle Branch.
  • NOTE: The program cannot guarantee clinical placement IF a clinical site requires the COVID-19 vaccination.
6.








 
Medical Assistant/CCMA







 
  • Several of the Medical Assistant/CCMA Program clinical sites are requiring students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Therefore, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is only required for those sites requiring COVID-19 vaccination.

     
  • Several of the Medical Assistant/CCMA Program clinical sites are requiring students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Therefore, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is only required for those sites requiring COVID-19 vaccination.
     
  • Sevearl of the Medical Assistant/CCMA Program clinical sites are requiring students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Therefore, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is only required for those sites requiring COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Should additional facilities begin to require students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, it will affect the student’s choice of clinical sites.
7.








 
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.
8.






 
Medical Laboratory Technician




 
  • Several sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked by the clinical site to voluntarily supply this information.



     
  • Several sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked by the clinical site to voluntarily supply this information.



     
  • Several sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked by the clinical site to voluntarily supply this information.
  • NOTE: The program cannot guarantee clinical placement IF a clinical site requires the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Facilities requiring students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 may affect the student’s choice of classes in the future.
9.







 
Nurse Aide







 
  • Several of the Nurse Aide Program clinical sites are requiring students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. 
  • Therefore, proof of vaccination is only required for those sites requiring COVID-19 vaccination.


     
  • Several of the Nurse Aide Program clinical sites are requiring students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Therefore, proof of vaccination is only required for those sites requiring COVID-19 vaccination.

     
  • Several of the Nurse Aide Program clinical sites are requiring students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Therefore, proof of vaccination is only required for those sites requiring COVID-19 vaccination.
  • As these and additional facilities begin to require students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, it will affect the student’s choice of classes.
10.








 
Nurse Aide Certificate







 
  • Several of the Nurse Aide Certificate Program clinical sites are requiring students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Therefore, proof of vaccination is only required for those sites requiring COVID-19 vaccination.

     
  • Several of the Nurse Aide Certificate Program clinical sites are requiring students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Therefore, proof of vaccination is only required for those sites requiring COVID-19 vaccination.

     
  • Several of the Nurse Aide Certificate Program clinical sites are requiring students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Therefore, proof of vaccination is only required for those sites requiring COVID-19 vaccination.
  • As these and additional facilities begin to require students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, it will affect the student’s choice of clinical sites.
11.








 
Phlebotomy Technician Program






 
  • Several of the Phlebotomy Technician Program clinical sites are requiring students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Therefore, proof of vaccination is only required for those sites requiring COVID-19 vaccination.

     
  • Several of the Phlebotomy Technician Program clinical sites are requiring students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Therefore, proof of vaccination is only required for those sites requiring COVID-19 vaccination.

     
  • Several of the Phlebotomy Technician Program clinical sites are requiring students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Therefore, proof of vaccination is only required for those sites requiring COVID-19 vaccination.
  • As these and additional facilities begin to require students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, it will affect the student’s choice of clinical sites.
12.
















 
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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • With the recent approval of COVID-19 vaccination, most clinical agencies are NOW requiring vaccination.
  • NOTE: The program cannot guarantee clinical placement IF a clinical site requires the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Without placement, students cannot meet the program outcomes required by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing to graduate.
13.






 
Radiologic Technology





 
  • Several sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked to voluntarily supply this information.



     
  • Several sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked to voluntarily supply this information.



     
  • Several sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked to voluntarily supply this information.
  • NOTE: The program cannot guarantee clinical placement IF a clinical site requires the COVID-19 vaccination.
14.










 
Respiratory Therapist 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.
  • This requirement will be marked as complete.
  • 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 upload the second vaccine record.
  • If no, this requirement will be marked as incomplete and reminders will be generated from Castle Branch.
  • NOTE: The program cannot guarantee clinical placement IF a clinical site requires the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • 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 no, this requirement will be marked as incomplete and reminders will be generated from Castle Branch.
  • NOTE: The program cannot guarantee clinical placement IF a clinical site requires the COVID-19 vaccination.
15.






 
Surgical Technology





 
  • Several sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked by the clinical site to voluntarily supply this information.



     
  • Several sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked by the clinical site to voluntarily supply this information.



     
  • Several sites require COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
  • Students are asked by the clinical site to voluntarily supply this information.
  • NOTE: The program cannot guarantee clinical placement IF a clinical site requires the COVID-19 vaccination.
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?
    Because of limited resources, HACC cannot guarantee clinical placement IF a clinical site requires the COVID-19 vaccination. 
     
  • 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 a number of institutions that are requiring vaccination. Students’ clinical assignments will need to be modified to assure that students meet the required clinical hours. We will not be able to place students in clinical assignments in all programs due to a limited number of clinical sites.
     
  • 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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