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Employee Vaccination FAQ

PCC recommends all eligible Oregonians be vaccinated.  All Oregonians age 12 and older are eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19. For the latest information on the vaccine in Oregon, take a look at covidvaccine.oregon.gov.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does PCC require employees or students to be vaccinated?

As an institution, PCC is not requiring students or employees to be vaccinated as a condition of enrollment or employment. This was recommended unanimously by the COVID-19 Opening Leadership Team (COLT) and approved by the President.

Why is PCC handling vaccinations this way?

Because vaccination access and hesitancy looks different across racial lines, vaccination requirements create a barrier to educational access that disproportionately impacts Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). This would not reflect PCC’s institutional values of equity, inclusion and belonging.

Based on our surveys, vaccination rates in our employee and student community far exceed 70%, the vaccination rate used by Governor Brown to indicate low risk of transmission within a community.

The vaccination rate will never be 100%. Oregon law allows individuals to request exemption from vaccination requirements for personal, religious, or medical reasons. As such, some members of our community would not be vaccinated, even if it were required.

What about those who are immunocompromised?

Students who are immunocompromised can request medical accommodations should contact disability.services@pcc.edu

Employees who need medical accommodations should contact maria.mendez7@pcc.edu in Human Resources to request an accommodation.

Why do other universities have different requirements?

While many public universities are requiring vaccination, no community colleges in our state are requiring vaccination of all students, and few community colleges across the country are making vaccination a requirement for enrollment. This trend is aligned with the open access mission of community colleges, a value that is core to PCC.

We don’t know the reasons behind the public universities decisions, but here’s a link to the statements from some universities in Oregon.

How do I know if I’m eligible?

All Oregonians age 12 and older are eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

If you want to get vaccinated, we recommend you sign up with Get Vaccinated Oregon. This tool helps you find a vaccination provider when you are eligible to receive a vaccine. If you have questions about the GetVaccinated tool or how to sign up, view Oregon’s FAQ.

PCC is also hosting vaccine events every Friday at the Portland Community College Cascade Campus gym. The clinic is open to all PCC students, staff and their families and households 12 years and up. Check out our Vaccine Clinics page for more information.

Is PCC going to offer vaccinations for Employees on-campus?

Yes! PCC partnered with Multnomah county to host vaccine events every Friday at the Portland Community College Cascade Campus gym. The clinic is open to all PCC students, staff and their families and households 12 years and up. 

PCC will also host a Johnson & Johnson single dose clinic on June 30 from 9:00am to 1:00pm at our Willow Creek campus. The clinic is open to all PCC students, staff, and their families and households age 18 & up. 

Check out our Vaccine Clinics page for more information.

Do I still need to wear a mask/social distance/wash my hands if I’ve been vaccinated?

Yes. EPCC requires everyone on campus to continue following health and safety protocols that are in place.

Do I have to return to working on campus if I’m vaccinated?

Being vaccinated won’t automatically mean you have to come back to work on campus.  

Will PCC pay for me to get vaccinated?

No. The COVID-19 vaccine will be free for you and you do not need health insurance. The vaccine doses are being given to everyone at no cost. If you’re insured, you need to bring your ID card.

Do I have to take sick days if I don’t feel well after being vaccinated? 

Beginning April 1, 2021, through September 30, 2021, you may be eligible to use Federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave to cover the time it takes to get a COVID-19 vaccine and time off to recover from adverse reactions to the vaccine.  Please contact LOA-COVID19-group@pcc.edu with questions.

If you have any questions about the topics listed above or on any topic relating to COVID-19, please email covidquestions@pcc.edu.

If you suspect you may have COVID-19

If you have been to a PCC campus or center and believe you may have COVID-19, please notify the COVID-19 Reporting Team at 971-722-1919 or covidreporting@pcc.edu.

Have a question?

If you have any questions about the topics listed above or on any topic relating to COVID-19, please email covidquestions@pcc.edu.