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Updates to GRC Vaccination Protocol

By Philip Denman, September 2, 2021

Green River College is making the following adjustments to its student COVID-19 vaccination protocols to align with the Governor’s announcement:

Student Protocols

  • All GRC students must be fully vaccinated or have obtained a medical or religious exemption by Monday, October 18, 2021.
    • Students are invited to submit their vaccination verification, or request a religious or medical exemption, starting Thursday, September 9, 2021 using the new Student COVID-19 Vaccination Attestation.
    • Green River encourages students to submit their attestation before the start of the fall term on Monday, September 20, 2021. Students who have not verified their vaccination status or requested a medical/religious exemption by October 18 may face academic holds.
    • Students requesting a medical exemption may be contacted by the College to insure appropriate accommodation under the ADA.
    • This applies to all students enrolled at Green River College, regardless of learning location or modality. This includes online students, international students, Running Start students, Continuing Education students, full-time and part-time students.
      • Per Proclamation 20-12, vaccinations are required for any on-campus activity, not just instruction. This ranges from stopping by the library to check out a book, dropping off financial aid paperwork, to meeting with an instructor or advisor, as well as many other in-person activities and services we’re offering.
      • Knowing that these services are being used by students who are enrolled in online, hybrid and in-person classes, and that GRC will continue its work to return to offering increased on-campus instruction and services, and that vaccination is the best way to protect the health and safety of our campus community, the decision was made to extend the vaccination requirement to all GRC students.
  • If you were registered for summer term and previously submitted your vaccination status, you will need to resubmit using the new Student COVID-19 Vaccination Attestation.
  • As of August 27, 2021, students can no longer request exemptions based on a philosophical objection per Proclamation 20-12. If you previously requested a philosophical exemption you must provide proof of full vaccination, or request a religious or medical exemption by Monday, October 18, 2021.
  • Health Occupations and Nursing have different vaccination requirements based on the Governor’s Proclamation 20-14.1 for healthcare workers. Please reach out to your specific program if you have additional questions.
  • Please remember to wear a mask at all times while you are on campus.

Employee Protocols

  • All GRC employees must be fully vaccinated or have obtained a medical or religious exemption by Monday, October 18, 2021.
    • Faculty and staff are invited to submit their vaccination verification, or request a religious or medical exemption, starting Thursday, September 9, 2021 using the new Employee COVID-19 Vaccination Attestation.
    • Green River encourages employees to submit their attestation before the start of the fall term on Monday, September 20, 2021. Per Proclamation 20-14.1, all employees must meet this condition of employment to continue working after October 18, 2021.
    • Employees who select a medical or religious exemption must contact Mark Brunke, senior director, Human Resources to obtain the required forms. This process must be completed before October 18, 2021.
  • Per Proclamation 20-14.1, philosophical exemptions are not permitted for employees.
  • This vaccination verification requirement supersedes the previous vaccination declaration process used during summer term.

Get Vaccinated

Green River College strongly encourages all members of our Gator community-students, staff and faculty-to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect the health and safety of all.

VaccineSeries Dose RequirementsFirst Dose no later thanSecond DoseCompleted SeriesFully Vaccinated
Pfizer  2 doses, 21 days apart   09/13/21   10/04/21   10/04/21   10/18/21  
Moderna  2 doses, 28 days apart   09/06/21   10/04/21   10/04/21   10/18/21  
Johnson & Johnson  Single dose   10/04/21 N/A   10/04/21   10/18/21  

Vaccinations will be available on GRC’s main Auburn campus on September 17 and October 11. Information can be found at  GRC Pop Up Vaccine Clinics. To find additional vaccine providers near you, please visit vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov.

Please remember to wear a mask at all times while on Campus at Green River.

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