COVID-19 Vaccine Reminder for Fall 2021

Dear K Students and Families:

We hope you are having a terrific summer. We’re writing today to remind you of the COVID-19 vaccination requirement that was communicated to students and families in the spring. All Kalamazoo College students will be required to be fully vaccinated with one of the COVID-19 vaccines* approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO). Fully vaccinated means you have completed the vaccination series at least two weeks prior to coming to campus. To meet this requirement, you would need to start a two-part series no later than August 1, 2021**. (For students who are scheduled to return to campus early due to athletics, LandSea or other commitments, please check with your organizations for vaccination deadlines.)

If you have been vaccinated in the state of Michigan, the College should be able to access your vaccination records and you do not need to submit any further documentation unless directly notified by the Student Health Center.

Anyone vaccinated outside of Michigan will need to submit a picture of their authorized vaccination card, with the dates and lot numbers easily visible, to no later than September 1, 2021.

If you have a CDC-approved medical reason for not being able to get the COVID-19 vaccine, please contact the College at to request the waiver forms. Please understand that the College takes the health and safety of its community very seriously and very few waivers are granted. The waiver deadline is August 1, 2021.

Proof of vaccination or an approved waiver are required before a student may attend classes, move into residence halls or attend campus activities. Please be aware that if you are not vaccinated, you may not be able to participate in LandSea, study abroad/study away, or athletics, due to health protocols unique to those activities.

We’re confident the protocols we’ve put in place will allow us to return to the on-campus living and learning experience that K is well-known for, and we look forward to seeing everyone again soon!

Stay healthy, stay safe,

Dana Jansma
Interim Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students

Danette Ifert Johnson

*Please note: If you are under 18, the CDC has approved the Pfizer vaccine only.

**The timing between your first and second shots depends on which vaccine you receive. You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose.

  • If you received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, you should get your second shot three weeks (or 21 days) after your first.
  • If you received the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, you should get your second shot four weeks (or 28 days) after your first.

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