COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Listed below are some COVID-19 FAQs (frequently asked questions). Please remember that this plan can change at any time and, if changes occur, you will be notified by email via your or email as soon as possible.

You can always refer to the Return to Campus plan, which specifically outlines Kettering College’s approach to keep students, faculty, and staff safe during this time.

Kettering College employees should refer to the Kettering Health FAQs, listed here.

(updated as of 4/6/2022)

    • Why is Kettering College requiring COVID-19 vaccination for all students, faculty, and staff?

      As part of a healthcare organization, we are committed to improving the lives of people in the communities we serve. COVID-19 has impacted every single member of our Kettering Health family—and much of our community, and our best tool in the fight against this virus is the vaccine. We are dedicated to guiding each person to their best health, and we must do all we can to protect one another and provide a safe learning environment. Vaccination against COVID-19 protects you and everyone around you: your classmates, your family, your friends, your patients, your community.

    • Is it legal to make students, faculty, and staff get a COVID-19 vaccine?

      Yes, it is. The U.S. Department of Justice has recently published an opinion stating that it is legal to require the COVID-19 vaccine.  Additionally, more and more colleges are announcing vaccine mandates as COVID-19 cases are increasing with the spread of the more contagious Delta variant, primarily affecting unvaccinated individuals.

    • Are masks required on campus?

      Masks are no longer required on campus (main campus or Ollie Davis Building) for individuals who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated, must continue to wear a mask while on campus (main campus or Ollie Davis).

    • Why is Kettering College requiring the vaccination before any of the vaccines have full U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval?

      Vaccination against COVID-19 protects you and everyone around you: your classmates, your family, your friends, your patients, your community. The scientific evidence as well as real-world experiences show that the COVID-19 vaccines are both safe and effective against symptomatic infections, hospitalizations, and death. The COVID-19 vaccine saves lives, and as a healthcare education organization committed to whole-person care, we must do all we can to protect our students and our communities.

    • If I’ve already had COVID-19 and have antibodies, why do I need to get vaccinated?

      Individuals with prior COVID-19 infection should still be vaccinated, according to the CDC. Immunity from vaccination will be more long-term than what would naturally follow after having COVID-19. Though immunity does occur after infection, we don’t know how long it lasts. The COVID-19 vaccine is the best protection against the virus.

      If you have been diagnosed with a COVID-19 infection, you may wait up to 90 days after your positive test before receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

    • If masks and social distancing work, why do I have to get vaccinated?

      Safety precautions and vaccines all help protect you from COVID-19, but they work in different ways. The vaccine helps prepare your immune system to fight the COVID-19 virus if you’re exposed to it. Masks and social distancing help limit your exposure and lower the chance of you spreading the virus. To end the pandemic, we need to use all the tools available.

    • I’ve heard some people still get COVID-19 after being vaccinated. Why should I get a vaccine that doesn’t work?

      All of the COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective. Pfizer’s vaccine is proven to be 95% effective, Moderna’s vaccine is 94% effective, and Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine is 72% effective. Typically, when a vaccine—the flu vaccine, for example—is 50% to 60% effective, it is considered successfully protective.

    • I attend classes online or work remotely. Why do I need to be vaccinated?

      It’s vital that we all do everything we can to protect each other as well as our communities and end the pandemic.  Remote employees or students studying online may still have a need to come onto campus or enter into a healthcare facility and interact with others.

    • What happens if I don’t get vaccinated?

      Students who do not meet the COVID-19 vaccine requirement by May 20th, of completing the vaccination series or do not have an approved exemption will be subject to dismissal from Kettering College.

    • Will I lose my job at Kettering Health if I don’t get vaccinated?

      Yes, those who are employed by Kettering Health, who do not meet the COVID-19 vaccine requirement by Wednesday, December 1 and do not have an approved exemption will be subject to termination and/or lose their ability to conduct business on our campus.

    • How do I submit my COVID-19 vaccination card?

      Kettering College students, faculty and staff will need to submit a copy of their vaccination card or other documentation from their healthcare provider by emailing our Student Health Coordinator, Sarah Bayer ( Students in clinical programs will also be required to submit proof of vaccination in your CastleBranch account. If you have any questions about submitting in CastleBranch, please communicate with your program’s Clinical Coordinator.

    • What if I lost my CDC vaccination card or other proof I was vaccinated?

      If you received your vaccine through a healthcare provider and were registered for its patient portal, your vaccine record may be available through your account. If you were vaccinated at a retailer such as Kroger Health Little Clinic or CVS, contact them to request a copy. You may also contact the Ohio Department of Health for a copy, as it maintains a vaccination information system.

    • Can I be exempt from having to get the vaccine?

      Yes, Kettering Health will review exemption requests submitted by individuals who are precluded from getting the vaccine for medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs – this includes Kettering College students, staff and faculty. Such requests will be granted where legally required and supporting documentation may be required.  Please contact Sarah Bayer, Student Health Coordinator for additional information.

      You can access the exemption forms here:

      Request for Religious Exemption from COVID-19 Vaccine

      Request for Medical Exemption from COVID-19 Vaccine

    • What is the deadline?

      Kettering College is requiring ALL students who are registered for classes (in person, online or in clinical rotations) to submit proof of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Please send proof of vaccination i.e. completed series( Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson and Johnson) or 1st shot of the series (Pfizer or Moderna) by  May 20, 2022.  If you are unable to meet this deadline date please contact and work directly with Sarah Bayer,  You must have your COVID vaccination series completed and submitted by June 28, 2022 to be in compliance with college vaccination requirements.


      If you are in a clinical program, you MUST submit proof of your completed COVID-19 vaccination card by May 6th in order to be in compliance to begin classes on May 9, 2022.  Please submit proof of your vaccination as soon as possible to Sarah Bayer, Student Health Coordinator via email at .

    • Do I need to get a certain vaccine brand?

      No, you can get any of the COVID-19 vaccines that were approved for emergency use by the FDA. All of the COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective and will help prevent COVID-19—regardless of what kind you get.

    • What does the vaccine cost?

      There are no out-of-pocket costs for the COVID-19 vaccine, but insurance will be billed. If you do not have insurance, you still qualify for the vaccine with no out-of-pocket cost. If on Medicare, please be sure to locate and bring your traditional Medicare ID card to your vaccination.

    • Is the seasonal flu vaccination still required, too?

      Yes, Kettering College clinical students, faculty, and staff, are required to receive the flu vaccine, or have an approved medical or religious exemption, each fall. More details will be available in the coming months about this year’s flu vaccine clinics.

    • If I experience side effects and can’t attend classes, will I receive an excuse?

      Mild side effects are normal signs that your body is building protection against COVID-19 and most effects should go away in 1-2 days. It is strongly recommended that you schedule your vaccinations on days that would allow you to rest and recuperate from any of these side effects and not affect your ability to attend or participate in your classes. Students should refer to their respective program’s attendance policies if they must miss class due to side effects from the vaccination. If you are feeling ill, communicate with the student health coordinator, your program chair and other faculty, as we’ve been practicing all year long.

    • If I experience side effects and can’t come to work, will I receive paid time off?

      Employees are encouraged to receive the vaccine when they will be off the next day to minimize the need to call off related to a vaccine reaction. If employees are unable to perform their job duties because of a reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine, they may choose to utilize paid time off.

    • If my employment is terminated for not complying with this policy, and I later change my mind, am I eligible for rehire?

      Yes, if you become vaccinated against COVID-19, you are eligible for rehire. You will not be guaranteed your previous position, but you can apply to open positions.

    • I’m under the age of 18. Do I need parental consent to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

      Yes, if you are under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must complete a consent form that you’ll receive before being vaccinated. Currently, minors are eligible to receive only the Pfizer vaccine.

    • Are all Kettering Health locations requiring vaccination?

      Yes, the COVID-19 vaccine is required for all employees, employed medical staff, volunteers, contractors, vendors, and Kettering College students—regardless of location.

    • Where can I learn more about the vaccine?

    • Will the Student Services, Learning Commons, and Academic Support be open?

      These locations will be open and available for students, please check for hours and availability. Students, faculty, and staff are required to wear masks in this spaces and to practice social distancing.

    • If I don't get vaccinated, how will that impact my clinicals?

      Due to clinical facility requirements, unvaccinated students, including those with approved exemptions from KH/KC, may not be able to participate in their program-required clinical rotations. This may result in the student’s inability to progress in their respective program and/or along the standard timeline. The programs will attempt to develop an alternative clinical site in which the student may participate and complete their clinical rotation, however this cannot be guaranteed due to program and/or clinical site requirements and restrictions.


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