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Vaccine Policy

CNM's COVID-19 vaccine policy, requirements, and FAQs.

Vaccination Hotline

CNM's vaccination hotline is open for your questions and concerns. To speak with a Vaccination Hotline Representative, please call (505) 224-5678.

Effective Date: 08/04/2021


Purpose

Central New Mexico Community College (“CNM”) has adopted this policy consistent with CNM’s values and in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to help safeguard the health of students, faculty, staff, visitors, and the community. This policy is intended to comply with all federal, state, and local laws and public health mandates. 

Scope/Applicability

This policy applies to all students, faculty, staff and tenants for the 2021-2022 academic year. It does not apply to vendors, customers, volunteers, or visitors but these groups must still follow CNM’s on campus safety protocols. CNM Ingenuity and the CNM Foundation also fall within the scope of this policy.

Policy

Central New Mexico Community College requires all students, faculty, and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than October 1, 2021. All students, faculty and staff must provide documentation of full vaccination using a vaccine authorized by FDA License or under an FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). All documentation to verify vaccination or exceptions must be provided.

Students: For those who are unvaccinated and filing a statement of exemption to attend an in-person class, you must take and pass a weekly COVID-19 test to continue in-person classes after Oct. 1 and for the duration of the Fall Term (the weekly COVID-19 test must be taken within seven days of the previous test).

Faculty and Staff: For those who are unvaccinated and filing a statement of exemption to work at a CNM location, you must take and pass a weekly COVID-19 test beginning Oct. 1 (the weekly COVID-19 test must be taken within seven days of the previous test).

Vaccine Administration

Students, staff, and faculty are responsible for scheduling and obtaining all recommended doses of an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine or a COVID-19 vaccine granted Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA. Employees may get the vaccine during regularly scheduled work hours contingent on supervisory approval. Supervisors must approve sick, annual, or personal leave to take the vaccine during working hours to minimize business interruptions.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Register for a vaccine and view local vaccination locations on the NMDOH Public Calendar.

How to Provide Proof of Vaccination or Statement of Exemption

Complete the Return to Campus (RTC) System Tutorial to learn how to upload your proof of vaccination or statement of exemption.

The online system to upload proof of vaccination or statement of exemption is available for students, faculty, and staff.

Please note, exemptions for sincerely-held religious beliefs will be handled entirely through the Return to Campus (RTC) application at the link below; medical exemption forms for employees and students must be filled out and attached through the RTC application.

Upload Your Proof of Vaccination or Statement of Exemption

Documentation will be verified before being approved. If you need help accessing the system or uploading documentation, contact the ITS Service Desk at itsservicedesk@cnm.edu or call 224-4357.

Exemption Requirements

With the FDA's full approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Aug. 23, the only permitted exemptions from the vaccine requirement after October 1, 2021 will be for health conditions or sincerely-held religious beliefs. Any student, faculty, staff, or tenant remaining unvaccinated at that time will be required to complete a formal exemption request, which will be considered on an individualized basis.

Anyone who chooses not to receive a vaccine, who is otherwise not fully vaccinated, or who fails to report their vaccination status to CNM as of October 1, 2021 will be considered unvaccinated.


Students

Unvaccinated students who are registered for classes that have an in-person component must:   

  • Complete weekly COVID-19 testing. These tests must be completed within seven (7) days of each other. If the number of days between tests is greater than seven (7), the CNM Daily Health Assessment application will display a reminder to complete a new test in order to return to green status allowing the student to return to on-campus activities.
  • Complete the Daily Self-Health Assessment on those days when they are on campus
  • Wear a mask in all shared indoor settings at all times.

Students who are completing a 100% remote online program during the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 semesters are exempt from the vaccination requirement.

Students shall be responsible for all testing costs.

Faculty and Staff

Unvaccinated staff or faculty who work on campus are required to:

  • Complete weekly COVID-19 testing. These tests must be completed within seven (7) days of each other. If the number of days between tests is greater than seven (7), the CNM Daily Health Assessment application will display a reminder to complete a new test in order to return to green status allowing the faculty or staff employee to return to on campus activities.
  • Complete the Daily Self-Health Assessment on those days when they are on campus.
  • Wear a mask in all shared indoor settings at all times.

These obligations constitute requirements for employment eligibility for unvaccinated staff and faculty. Costs for testing shall be the responsibility of the individual faculty or staff employee.


Modifications

Government and public health guidelines and restrictions and business and industry best practices regarding COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines are changing rapidly as new information becomes available, further research is conducted, and additional vaccines are approved and distributed. The College reserves the right to modify this policy at any time in its sole discretion to adapt to changing circumstances and business needs, consistent with its commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

Non-Retaliation

The College prohibits any form of discipline, intimidation, or retaliation for reporting, in good-faith, a violation of this policy or any other health and safety concern.


COVID-19 Vaccination Policy FAQs

Students

How do I show proof of vaccination?
I'm vaccinated, do I need to be tested on a regular basis? What about wearing masks?

Currently, vaccinated students need to wear masks at all times when indoors. This requirement is subject to change based on updated guidance from the New Mexico Department of Health and the CDC. Vaccinated students do not need to participate in asymptomatic testing.

What is the deadline to report my vaccination status?

October 1, 2021

What happens if I don’t comply with the vaccine requirement?

Students who do not comply with the vaccine requirement may be dropped from their classes and have a hold placed on their account which will prevent students from registering for future classes. Unvaccinated students may also have the option of enrolling in a course that is 100% online. 

I'm enrolled in an online-only program, am I required to be vaccinated?

Students enrolled in online-only programs and not accessing campus for any reason will be exempted from the vaccination requirement. Each academic school will communicate to their online-only students that they are exempt from this requirement.

Do I need to be vaccinated if I have already been diagnosed with COVID-19?

Yes, all students are required to be vaccinated, even if they have already had COVID-19.

Does the vaccine requirement apply to international students?

Yes. Students, including international students, must receive a vaccine authorized by the FDA or the WHO.

Does the vaccine requirement apply to College & Career High School (CCHS) and Native American Community Academy (NACA) high school students?

Secondary school students will adhere to their school district policies regarding vaccination and re-entry. However, CNM’s vaccine policy will be enforced for CNM courses, if applicable for any person.

Will we know who is vaccinated and who is not vaccinated at CNM?

CNM will not make public the vaccination status of students or employees.

Faculty and Staff

Whom does this vaccine requirement policy apply to?

The COVID-19 vaccination requirement applies to all full-time, part-time and temporary faculty and staff who work on campus. Schools and work units are expected to remind temp workers of this policy. 

What is the deadline for faculty and staff to report their vaccination status?

Subject to limited exceptions, all faculty and staff who work on campus are expected to be fully vaccinated by October 1, 2021.

How do I show proof of vaccination?
If I am a faculty or staff member and plan to not be vaccinated, do I need to submit an exemption request?

Yes. Because the Pfizer vaccine has been granted full FDA approval, the only permitted exemptions from the vaccine requirement after October 1, 2021 will be for health conditions or sincerely-held religious beliefs. Any student, faculty, staff or tenant remaining unvaccinated at that time will be required to complete a formal exemption request, which will be considered on an individualized basis.

Do I need to be vaccinated if I have already been diagnosed with COVID-19?

Yes, all faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated, even if they have already had COVID-19.

What happens when an individual faculty or staff member contracts COVID-19 too closely to the deadline to get vaccinated prior to arriving on campus?

Faculty and staff are encouraged get vaccinated as soon as possible to avoid this situation. Faculty and staff who are not able to meet the vaccination deadline due to a recent COVID-19 diagnosis will be required to get vaccinated as soon as they have met the appropriate window of time following their COVID-19 diagnosis.

Will we know who is vaccinated and who is not vaccinated at CNM?

CNM will not make public the vaccination status of students or employees.

I’m a faculty member who teaches only online or a staff member who works only online at this time and I do not plan to be vaccinated. If I occasionally visit campus for meetings or other needs, will I need to adhere to the unvaccinated protocols, including weekly testing?

Yes. You will also need to file a statement of exemption.

Does the vaccine requirement apply to College & Career High School (CCHS) and Native American Community Academy (NACA) staff?

Secondary school staff will adhere to their school district policies regarding vaccination and re-entry. However, CNM’s vaccine policy will be enforced for CNM employees and courses, if applicable for any person.