4CD Vaccine Requirement

Student FAQs

  1. I heard that for safety reasons, 4CD now requires COVID-19 vaccinations. Does this apply to me?

    The vaccination requirement applies to you if you are a 4CD student and one of the following is true:

    • You plan to enroll in an in-person class

    • You want to come to campus to use in-person student support services
  2. Will I need to provide proof of being fully vaccinated*?

    Yes. You will need to provide proof of being fully vaccinated or receive an approved exception if you are part of one of the groups described in question #1. See question #5 to learn how to upload your vaccination documentation.

    * A person is considered “fully” vaccinated when two weeks have passed since they completed a COVID-19 vaccine series (e.g., one dose of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, or both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine).
  3. I am taking online classes. I only come to campus for my tutoring appointments and to use the library. Do I need to get vaccinated?
    Yes, all students who plan to come to campus for classes or any in-person services must submit proof of vaccination or receive an exception and undergo weekly testing.
  4. Which vaccines satisfy the 4CD vaccination requirement?

    4CD accepts the vaccines that have been approved for use in the United States and those that have received Emergency Use Authorization by the World Health Organization.

    Three vaccinations have been approved for use in the United States:

    • Pfizer

    • Moderna

    • Johnson & Johnson

    If you were vaccinated outside the United States, you may provide proof of having received a vaccination that has received Emergency Use Authorization by the World Health Organization.
  5. How do I upload my proof of vaccination?

    Students who are fully vaccinated can upload their vaccine documentation using our InSite app via the link below.

    1. Download the InSite app

    2. Open the app and select the Vaccine Upload tile.

    3. Click the Manage button to upload your proof of vaccination document.

    Accepted forms of vaccine documentation:

    1. A photo or screenshot of an Official California Digital COVID-19 Vaccination Record

    2. A photo of an original vaccination card showing the date(s) and types of vaccination(s) received

    3. A PDF document or photo (jpg or png) of a form from a healthcare provider that documents the date(s) and types of vaccination(s) received
  6. I tried to submit my proof of vaccination and got an error. What happened and how do I fix it?
    InSite accepts PDF documents or JPG and PNG image files. If your documentation is in a different format, simply take a picture or screenshot of it with your phone and upload the image.
  7. When do I need to provide my proof of vaccination?
    The due date on your required document will reflect the start of the term. But you cannot register for in-person classes until your proof of vaccination has been approved. Students must provide proof of vaccination at least three (3) days prior to registering for in-person classes to allow time for the approval process.
  8. There are reasons I can't be vaccinated. What can I do about this?

    Students may request a medical or religious vaccine exception if one of the following situations apply:

    • Medical excuse from receiving COVID-19 vaccine due to medical conditions or precaution (requires medical documentation)

    • Disability or pregnancy (requires medical documentation)

    • Religious objection based on a person’s sincerely held beliefs, practice or observance

    Students who receive an approved exception are encouraged to utilize free testing services.

    Students can access exception request forms using the following links:

    See questions below for more about the exception process.
  9. What happens if students do not get vaccinated?

    We encourage everyone to get vaccinated to safeguard themselves and those around them.

    Students who do not provide proof of vaccination or an approved exception will be restricted from registering for in-person classes.

    To keep the college community safe, students who are not vaccinated and do not have an approved exception should enroll exclusively in online classes and utilize online support services.
  10. Will I have to pay to be vaccinated?
    No, vaccinations are free in the United States, regardless of immigration or health insurance status.
  11. How will vaccination data be used?
    Vaccination data is used for safety on campus and to comply with federal and local public health guidelines. Data is secured in accordance with applicable laws and public health regulations.
  12. I already had COVID-19. Do I still need to show proof of vaccination for in-person attendance?
    Yes, you will need to show proof of vaccination for in-person attendance.
  13. If I have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days, can I still get vaccinated?

    Yes, you can get vaccinated if you are not isolating anymore, are not currently experiencing symptoms, and have been medically cleared by a doctor after having COVID-19.

    You do not need to wait until 90 days after your diagnosis to be vaccinated.
  14. Why do I need to get vaccinated?

    The college wants to provide a safe and healthy environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

    4CD follows public health guidance and legal requirements for COVID-19.

    • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health, and Contra Costa County Health Services, COVID-19 continues to pose a risk, especially to individuals who are not fully vaccinated, and certain safety measures are needed to protect against COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.

    • Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent transmission and limit COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths.

    • It’s important for the college to have information about vaccination rates among its community to make informed public health decisions. Increasing the vaccination rate in our community will help to ensure a safe learning environment for everyone.

    4CD allows exceptions or deferrals for medical contraindications, disability and religious reasons. See questions #8, #15, and #16 for details.
  15. What happens after exception requests are submitted?

    While a request is pending, students will need to participate in safety practices to help prevent or slow the spread of COVID-19 and other contagious illnesses.


    • Staying home, especially when a person is sick or when a member of the person’s family or household is sick.

    • Quarantining when an unvaccinated person has been exposed to someone else with the illness.

    • Avoiding large gatherings.

    • Physical/social distancing.

    • Wearing personal protective equipment, including face coverings.

    • Frequent handwashing and cleaning.

    • Conducting daily health assessments and weekly testing.

    When a decision is made:

    • If an exception is granted, you will be notified about the approval and the expiration date via your InSite email. You must continue to observe safety practices to prevent or slow the spread of COVID-19 and other contagious illnesses.

    • If an exception is denied, you will be notified about the decision via your InSite email.

    Medical and disability exceptions:

    • May be granted if a licensed health care provider certifies in writing that getting a vaccine may be detrimental to the student’s health or is otherwise medically contraindicated.

    • Must indicate the length of time for which it may be detrimental.

    • Should be based on the most recent guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

    Religious exceptions:

    • May be granted if a student certifies in writing that they hold genuine and sincere religious beliefs which are contrary to the practice of immunization.

    • Must describe with specificity the religious principles that guide the objection to immunization.

    • May require additional supporting documentation.

    All medical and religious exception requests should be submitted on the exception request forms provided by 4CD and accompanied by a waiver signed by the student. Exception requests will not be reviewed if incomplete documentation is submitted. Complete submissions will be reviewed and evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine if they are valid.

    Please allow 10 business days to receive a response to your exception request.

    All exception decisions are final and are not subject to appeal. Students who have been granted exceptions are encouraged to utilize free testing services