As of April 15, 2021, all adults over the age of 16 are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Los Angeles County.
Last updated 4/28/21
The combination of greater vaccine availability at Emmons and expanded eligibility rules in California means that we anticipate being able to vaccinate any student, staff or faculty member who needs it. We continue to strongly encourage all community members to get the vaccine. At this time we have not made a decision about whether the vaccine will be mandatory for staff and faculty.
All incoming and returning students are required to be vaccinated and show proof of COVID-19 vaccination before the beginning of the fall semester.
Vaccine Status Reporting
As vaccinations at Emmons continue, we would like to gather information on how many of our Oxy community members have received the vaccine at other locations. We have prepared a secure reporting form in MyOxy where you can enter your vaccination details.
Vaccine clinics at Oxy
What vaccines are available?
Currently the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are available and widely distributed. The specific vaccine that you will receive at your appointment depends on what the site received that day or week. While you cannot guarantee which vaccine you will receive, both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine are highly effective in protecting you against COVID according to numerous medical and public health organizations, including the CDC. Both vaccines require two inoculations, with the second doses 3-4 weeks after the first, in order to be most effective. The Johnson & Johnson (J&J)/Janssen vaccine is a single-dose inoculation approved by the FDA. For more information on all of the COVID vaccines, please visit the CDC COVID-19 vaccine page.
How do I access vaccine appointments?
There are a number of places you can access appointments to get the vaccine. While vaccine supply is increasing, getting an appointment can be difficult. The best thing you can do is to be patient and persistent. Try early in the morning when new appointment slots are posted and checking every website for availability. For those in need of greater assistance scheduling appointments, Get Out the Shot LA (contact info below) can help individuals with the process.
You can currently access vaccine appointments through the following sites:
- LA County Department of Public Health
- California State Vaccine Appointment site
- Many health and hospital systems are offering vaccines to local residents. Please visit your local hospital’s website for information on making an appointment. Kaiser Permanente is providing vaccines to the education sector on a limited basis and may require an access code to schedule an appointment. We do not have an access code for Kaiser at this time, but members that are age 65 and older, residents of long term care facilities, and healthcare workers may still access vaccines through Kaiser.
- Numerous pharmacies in the area are also offering the vaccine. We have heard from many people that they have had luck getting appointments at CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Vons/Albertsons, Ralph's, and Costco (members only).
- Get out the Shot LA, for help scheduling an appointment: Visit https://www.gotsla.org/ or call (213) 986-7604
- LA County COVID tracing call center, for help scheduling appointments: Call (833) 540-0473 daily between 8:00 am and 8:30 pm
What should I bring to the appointment?
The county has asked that all college employees bring the following forms of documentation (in print or electronic copy) in order to verify eligibility under the education sector:
- A college ID that identifies your affiliation as an employee of a college or university, or
- A recent pay stub from Occidental. If you receive your paycheck via direct deposit, you will need to print or download an electronic copy of your paystub for possible presentation at a vaccination site. An electronic paystub may be accessed using the following steps:
- Log on to my.oxy.edu (credentials required)
- Go to the “work-related” link on the left options menu
- Choose “Pay information”
- Choose “Pay stub”
- Select current year for the most recent pay stubs
- A driver’s license or state-issued identification
- When none of the above forms of verification are available, an employment verification letter may be obtained from your supervisor or Human Resources. This is the best option for student workers whose ID card does not show them as an employee.
- Some pharmacies may request an insurance card for verification and/or to bill insurance for the visit. Please note that, by law, there is no cost to the individual to receive the vaccine.
After the vaccine
It’s important for everyone to continue wearing masks, maintaining 6 feet distance from others, and testing regularly until we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions. We know that the vaccine prevents individuals from getting seriously ill from COVID-19, but we do not yet know whether getting a COVID-19 vaccine will prevent you from spreading the virus to other people.
At this time, the following rules apply at Oxy:
- Vaccinated individuals DO need to continue twice weekly testing to be on campus.
- Vaccinated individuals who test positive for COVID-19 DO need to isolate for 10 days.
- Vaccinated individuals who travel by plane or outside California state DO need to quarantine for 10 days.
- Vaccinated individuals DO NOT need to quarantine after an exposure to an individual who has a confirmed positive case of COVID-19.
Please continue to check the CDC’s website for up-to-date information on the COVID-19 vaccines. Additional information and answers to frequently asked questions on the college’s response are available on this page.
Please feel free to call or email Emmons Wellness Center if you have any additional questions or concerns.