COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

​San José Evergreen Community College District

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

Dear Students:

On Tuesday, August 31, 2021, the San José Evergreen Community College District (SJECCD) Board of Trustees approved a resolution requiring all students to be vaccinated against the Coronavirus disease 2019 also known as COVID-19.  This mandate applies to Evergreen Valley College and San José City College including the Milpitas Extension.

This means that all students regardless of modality of instruction (online, hybrid, or in-person) will need to provide proof of receiving the full dosage of a vaccination against COVID-19 no later than Monday, October 18, 2021. (See exemption information below.)

At this time if you have not already been fully vaccinated you should:

  1. Schedule your first vaccination appointment as soon as possible.
  2. Schedule your second vaccination appointment at the time of your first vaccination.
  3. Safeguard and duplicate vaccine documentation cards.

You may learn about vaccination resources by:

International Students

International students are eligible to receive the vaccine in the United States.  International students living in the United States can follow the steps above to book a vaccination appointment.  Students arriving from abroad will be able to receive the vaccine upon arrival.

International students currently abroad and have completed a World Health Organization (WHO) authorized vaccine series in their home country are considered fully vaccinated if they received the following WHO authorized vaccines:

    • Pfizer (two doses) 
    • Moderna (two doses) 
    • Johnson & Johnson (one dose) 
    • AstraZeneca (two doses) 
    • BIBP/Sinopharm (one dose) 
    • Sinovac (2 doses)

There may be additional vaccine requirements from employers for international students who would like to work in the United States.  Furthermore, international students who complete a vaccine series are not required to complete the travel quarantine upon arrival.

Exemptions as a Reasonable Accommodation

With proper documentation, the San José Evergreen Community College District will consider vaccination exemptions for students who are unable to be vaccinated due to a medical condition/disability or sincerely held religious belief, on a case-by-case basis.  Any student granted a medical/disability or religious accommodation may be required to submit to mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing.

Medical exemption requires a licensed physician or advanced practice nurse licensed in a jurisdiction of the United States to provide documentation on the reasons for requesting an accommodation due to a disability or serious medical condition.  Submit the COVID-19 Medical Exemption Request Form for consideration.  More information on how to submit request will be forthcoming. 

Religious exemption requires a written statement describing the reason for the exemption and must include:

    • An explanation of the reason for exemption, including a description of the religious principle that guide your objection.
    • An indication of whether this religious belief constitutes an objection to all immunizations or only this vaccine; if it is not an objection to all immunizations, you must explain the religious basis for not receiving this particular vaccine (i.e. COVID-19).
    • If you are under 18 years of age, a statement that your parent/guardian is aware that you may be prohibited from attending classes in the case of a vaccine preventable outbreak or exposure.

Written statements must be signed and submitted using the Religious Beliefs Exemption Request Form.

Submitting Your Proof of Vaccination 

Students who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine may submit their vaccination documentation beginning the week of September 27, 2021.  More information on how to submit your proof of vaccination will be forthcoming. 


Students who do not comply with this mandate will have a HOLD placed on their educational record and may not be able to attend classes until they submit proof of vaccination or request an exemption as a reasonable accommodation.  Students who falsify information may face discipline up to and including expulsion under the Student Code of Conduct.

Please see these frequently asked questions for more information. Additional details will continue to be added. For any additional questions, please contact the Vice President of Student Affairs at

On behalf of Evergreen Valley College, I appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we work together toward a healthy and safe community for everyone.


Tammeil Y. Gilkerson, Ed.D.
President, Evergreen Valley College              

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