COVID-19 Response and Reopening

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy and Information

[En español: ¡Póngase la vacuna Oregón central!]

COCC Students and Staff receiving COVID-19 vaccine
(pictured: Prit, COCC student; Audrey, COCC student with Michele Decker, COCC Nursing Faculty; Cady-Mae Koon, COCC College Now Liaison)

COCC's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Last updated: September 13, 2021

  1. Require COVID-19 vaccination of all students and clinical/practicum faculty members for the 2021/2022 academic year in all cases where students' successful program completion is dependent upon their: 
    a. Participation in (and/or instruction in) clinical or practicum hours at off-campus or on-campus locations, and/or 
    b. Close contact with actual patients/clients.
    These programs include: Addiction Studies, Dental Assisting, Early Childhood Education, Licensed Massage Therapist, Medical Assistant, Nursing, Nursing Assistant, Paramedicine and Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Pharmacy Technician, and Veterinary Technician. Individuals can upload proof of vaccination or request an exception (citing medical or religious reasons) using COCC's approved form: Allied Health COVID-19 Vaccine Card Form.
    Certain clinical/practicum locations may not allow students to participate in practicum/direct patient care without COVID-19 vaccination. If such practicum/direct patient care is required in a program, students will likely not be able to successfully complete the program if they are not vaccinated against COVID-19.

  2. Require COVID-19 vaccination of all Wickiup Hall residential students for the 2021/2022 academic year.
    Individuals can request an exception per Oregon State law, citing medical or non-medical reasons including those of a religious, philosophical, or personal nature. Wickiup residents who request an exception will be required to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.

  3. Continue to strongly recommend all COCC employees and students be fully COVID-19 vaccinated for the 2021/2022 academic year and provide incentives for those who are fully vaccinated. 

Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COCC defines "fully COVID-19 vaccinated" as: two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or one dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, with full effectiveness as of the 15th day after the last dose. 

This policy is subject to change according to evolving CDC, OHA, OSHA, HECC, county health, and governor's office guidance. The policy will also be revisited ahead of each term and whenever relevant guidance changes. 

On-Campus COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

Check back often, as COCC plans to partner with our local public health departments to co-host additional COVID-19 vaccination clinics. 

Email with any questions.

Where to Find the COVID-19 Vaccine

At Pharmacies Across Central Oregon (Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson Counties):
Fred Meyer, Walgreens, Safeway, Walmart, Costco, SAV-ON, Rite Aid, and Bi-Mart are all offering vaccinations to Central Oregonians. Beginning Monday, April 19, visit or visit the specific pharmacy company's website to search for available vaccination appointments (set your search radius to "25 miles" for best results and refresh the pharmacies' websites often).

Bobcat Vaccine Info

In Deschutes County:
COVID-19 vaccines are available at many locations across Deschutes County for anyone 12 and older. Stop by an upcoming drop-in clinic.

In Crook County:
For individuals ages 12 and older, please call the Crook County Health Department at 541-447-5165 to schedule an appointment! Individuals ages 12-14 require parental consent, ages 15 and older can self-consent. COCC also encourages Crook County students and employees to follow Crook County Health on Facebook.

In Jefferson County: 
Jefferson County holds regular COVID-19 vaccination clinics (Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech available) at the Madras First Baptist Church each week. Visit the Jefferson County Vaccination webpage for the latest clinic information. COCC also encourages Jefferson County students and employees to follow Jefferson County Public Health on Facebook.

At Federally Qualified Health Centers:
Mosaic Medical is providing limited vaccine appointments to patients who meet expanded eligibility criteria. Current Mosaic Medical patients may visit: Mosaic Medical COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling.

La Pine Community Health Center Clinic is providing limited vaccine appointments to patients who meet eligibility requirements. La Pine Community Health Center patients may visit: La Pine Community Health Center COVID-19 Information.

A Brief Introduction to the Science of COVID-19 Vaccines by Emma Chaput, associate professor of human biology and science faculty member at COCC.


COCC Student recieving COVID-19 vaccine