COVID-19 Health and Safety Information

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy and Information

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

COCC Staff receiving COVID-19 vaccine
(pictured: (l) Sean Rule, COCC Math Faculty; (r) Lisa Merritt, COCC Human Development Faculty)

All Oregonians age 12+ are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

COCC's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

 In June 2021, COCC formally adopted the following COVID-19 vaccination policy:

  1. Require COVID-19 vaccination of all students and clinical faculty members for the 2021/2022 academic year in all cases where students’ successful program completion is dependent upon their:
    1. Participation in (and/or instruction in) clinical hours at off-campus clinics or on-campus clinics, and/or
    2. Close contact with actual patients/clients.
  2. Require COVID-19 vaccination of all Wickiup Hall residential students for the 2021/2022 academic year.
  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.  

Individuals can request an exemption per Oregon State law, citing medical or non-medical reasons including those of a religious, philosophical, or personal nature. Over the 2021 Summer term, COCC will share with students and employees how to attest their COVID-19 vaccination status.

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

While there are currently no on-campus vaccination clinics scheduled, COCC will update this space as the College schedules additional events.

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 Faculty member Doug Nelson recieving a COVID-19 Vaccine