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ObieSafe Weekly: September 15, 2021

September 15, 2021 3:45 PM

Office of Communications

ObieSafe: Caring for our Community (with squirrel mascot)

Updated ObieSafe protocols will include testing for all students, faculty, and staff during move-in period

This academic year, Oberlin will be a largely vaccinated campus. But public health officials tell us that with “breakthrough” infections occurring in the region at a rate of 1–2%, it would not be surprising for us to experience COVID once all of our students return. It is very possible that we could have more COVID cases on campus in the first few weeks of the term than we had all last year. While this is an outcome that would match what public health officials deem reasonable, we want to again do all that we can to defy the odds, as we did last year. To that end, we will take a more aggressive posture during our first weeks with a full campus.

From September 19, when RAs and PALs report to campus, through at least the first two weeks of classes, we will phase in the following protocols. Read the full bulletin.

Bring proof of vaccination to campus

Many off-campus opportunities throughout the academic year may require proof of vaccination status. Students will need to provide their own proof of vaccination when requested by off-campus entities. Oberlin is unable to provide a copy of a student's proof of vaccination, even after uploading to Student Health. Bring your vaccine card or image of your card with you to campus.

How to request a COVID-19 vaccination exemption

Students who wish to request a medical or religious exemption to the required COVID-19 vaccination must fill out the Student COVID-19 Immunization Exemption Request form. The exemption request process is interactive, and students may receive requests for additional information or additional clarification on their request. If you have any questions, please contact

Instructions to upload your vaccination card

View the vaccine updates page for the process to submit your vaccine documentation.

Don’t forget to get your flu shot, too

​​Students are required to get an influenza vaccine prior to arriving on campus.

  • Students who are currently on campus can contact Student Health to schedule a vaccine when it becomes available (440) 775-8180 or
  • Students arriving from countries that do not offer the influenza vaccine will be able to receive a vaccine through Student Health when it becomes available (440) 775-8180 or
  • Students who would like to request an influenza vaccination exemption should submit documentation to Student Health.

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