Student Health Service is committed to safeguard the health of our students in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidelines below are designed to help you navigate these complex circumstances.
Mandate, Forms, Exemptions, and Testing
On December 22, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced new booster requirements and testing measures for all healthcare workers, including students and trainees. Under this order, healthcare workers, including students and trainees, are required to receive a booster by March 1, 2022, and be tested once or twice weekly in the interim, if they are not boosted. This order only pertains to students who meet the definition of a healthcare worker and are part of the original CDPH vaccination mandate.
Below is information about how LLUH/LLU will comply with the CDPH orders.
Submitting vaccine forms
- You may be exempt from the vaccination requirements based on religious beliefs or qualifying medical reasons.
- You will need to set up multi-factor authentication (MFA) to log in — view our MFA setup guide (PDF).
Submit a medical exemption
- Call Student Health Service at 909-558-8770 to schedule an appointment
- If approved, the medical exemption form will be signed by a Student Health Service physician, nurse practitioner, or other licensed medical professional practicing under the license of a physician stating you qualify for the exemption (the statement should not describe the underlying medical condition or disability) and indicating the probable duration of your inability to receive the vaccine (or if the duration is unknown or permanent, so indicate)
Submit a religious exception
- The religious exception form can be accessed using our online system — log in off campus or log in on campus.
Students who need to undergo COVID-19 testing will be notified by LLU email. Please watch your student email for next steps.
Frequently Asked Questions
I have an approved religious exception or medical exemption under the previous CDPH Public Health Order. Do I need to resubmit another exception/exemption?
No, you are not required to do anything additional at this time. Your approved religious exception or medical exemption is still valid.
I do not participate in patient care and/or I am exclusively remote (online). Do I need to submit my booster documentation?
Yes, please submit your COVID-19 booster documentation using our online system — log in off campus or log in on campus. If you have not received your booster, please select this option followed by, “I do not participate in patient care” or “I am exclusively remote (online)”.
The vaccine and booster mandates apply only to those who participate in patient care.
I recently tested positive for COVID-19. I have not received my booster. Am I required to test under this mandate?
At the end of 90-days, you are required to receive a booster or submit an exception/exemption and test once or twice weekly as stated in the Public Health Order.
I am not eligible for my booster. Do I have to start testing?
No, you are not required to test. You will be enrolled in the testing program if you have not received your booster within 15-days of eligibility.
For multi-dose vaccines (Pfizer/Moderna), you are eligible for a booster 5-months after your second dose. For single dose J&J, you are eligible for a booster 2-months after your initial dose. The CDPH mandate provides a 15-day grace period.
I received the primary series of the COVID-19 vaccine. I do not plan to receive the booster. What do I need to do?
All medical exemption requests must be processed through Student Health Service. Please call 909 558-8770 to schedule a visit with a provider.
I cannot login to the online system. I have set up the multi-factor authentication as instructed. Who do I contact?
Summer Quarter Updates
In-person classes: Classes will continue in-person as scheduled.
Masks: Effective March 1, 2022, individuals will no longer be required to wear a mask indoors in non-clinical care settings, including meetings, classrooms, and didactic settings. This is irrespective of vaccine status. This change in masking policy does not apply to hospital-based locations/departments and other patient care settings.
Booster shots: COVID-19 boosters are available by appointment. Schedule your appointment on My Turn.
Positive test or exposure: If you test positive for COVID-19 or have an exposure, please inform the student health team by email.
University prevention strategies: Loma Linda University will continue to utilize the following prevention strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
- Offering and promoting COVID-19 vaccination
- Contact tracing combined with isolation and quarantine
- Increased ventilation
- Increased cleaning
- Maintaining communication
- Promoting health equity
CDC and CDPH guidance changes often. Protection strategies are affected by the level of community transmission, COVID-19 vaccine coverage, local outbreaks, and increasing trends. In substantial to high transmission of COVID-19, LLU may implement physical distancing and mask use indoors for all students, regardless of vaccine status.
Get a Vaccine or Booster Dose
We expect all of our students to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. Students who were vaccinated in California may obtain a digital copy of their COVID-19 vaccine record through the CDPH.
Shuttle services are available to most vaccine sites. For more information, please view the Shuttle Service Map or contact Transportation Services at (909) 651-3020 or ext. 53020.
International students vaccinated outside of the United States should refer to Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines Currently Authorized in the United States for the need for vaccinations upon arrival in the United States.
Symptoms and Exposures
Student Health Service provides care for students who are located in the state of California. Students located outside California should consult their primary care provider in their home state.
Students should stay home if they have any of the following symptoms (not including a chronic medical condition such as migraines, asthma, IBS/colitis, or premenstrual syndrome):
- Fever (temperature ≥ 100.0˚F) or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Nasal congestion or runny nose/sneezing
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Nausea or vomiting
- Soft stools or diarrhea
- Not feeling well
If you have COVID-like symptoms, Student Health Service serves as your primary care location. Please call the office at 909-558-8770 for a video visit. Do not come in person for symptom assessment. Be sure to proactively limit your contact with others until you have contacted Student Health Service for determination of whether isolation is needed.
- If you have mild symptoms: call our office during regular weekday hours to be scheduled for a video visit.
- If you have severe symptoms: Call 911 or go to emergency services to be evaluated. If possible, notify them ahead of time of possible COVID-19 infection. Severe symptoms include, but are not limited to trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds.
Required Notification for a Suspected COVID-19 Infection
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued new guidance on reporting suspected COVID-19 infections for students enrolled in clinical rotations. We are required to report this information to CDPH on an ongoing basis.
- If you are isolating because of a suspected COVID-19 infection that has not yet been confirmed, please email Student Health Service at COVID19_Student_Health@llu.edu.
- Please include the location where you complete your clinical rotation/field work.
Exposure/close contact is defined as being near someone greater than 15 minutes and at a distance less than 6 feet. This includes interaction during the time period 48 hours prior to symptom development in the suspected/confirmed patient.
All students who suspect they have been exposed should email Student Health Service at COVID19_Student_Health@llu.edu and follow Student Exposure to COVID-19 Algorithm (04/21/2022). If the exposure is over the weekend, make sure you proactively limit your contact with others until you have contacted Student Health Service for determination of whether quarantine is needed.
Student Health Service is responsible for case investigation and contact tracing for all students. When Student Health Service is notified that someone has tested positive for or been diagnosed with COVID-19, Student Health Service notifies close contacts of the exposure, in accordance with applicable privacy and other laws. Notification is sent via LLU email.
Before You Come to Campus
Check for symptoms: Students should perform daily health screenings for infectious illnesses (including COVID-19) before they arrive to campus and/or clinical rotations. Students with signs or symptoms of infectious illness should stay home, isolate away from others, and call Student Health Service to schedule a video visit at 909-558-8770.
Keep track of exposures: Students who have had close contact with a known/suspected COVID-19 case should contact Student Health Service by calling 909-558-8770 or emailing COVID19_Student_Health@llu.edu and follow the Student Exposure to COVID-19 Algorithm (04/21/2022).
Consider your medical conditions: Students with certain medical conditions identified by the CDC may be more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19. Students with high-risk conditions are encouraged to make an appointment with Student Health Service at 909-558-8770.
International Students (meaning non-citizens on LLU-sponsored student visas) should inform the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) of their arrival date in the U.S. as soon as their travel itinerary has finalized. Please contact ISSS by emailing email@example.com or calling 909-558-4955. For more information related to travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic, please monitor CDC and CDPH guidance.
International travelers living on-campus in the residence halls should contact inform facility dean of their arrival date to the U.S (or provide a copy of their flight itinerary).
International students vaccinated outside of the United States should refer to Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines Currently Authorized in the United States for the need for vaccinations upon arrival in the U.S.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance for isolation and quarantine is divided into different categories for clearance, including consideration for whether you are in the general public OR working in a healthcare setting (this applies to students on clinical rotations).
- Non-clinical - Student Return Criteria (02/04/2022)
- Unvaccinated - Clinical - Student Return Criteria (02/04/2022)
- Vaccinated - Clinical - Student Return Criteria (02/04/2022)
We expect all of our students to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19.
Masking and proof of vaccination: Students in a clinical or patient care setting may be expected to show proof of vaccination at each site and will need to wear a face covering regardless of vaccination status. Surgical masks and/or other appropriate PPE (based on level of interaction) are required in patient care and clinical areas.
Preventive measures: All students are encouraged to practice the following preventive measures:
- Frequent and appropriate hand hygiene
- Utilize proper cough/sneeze etiquette
- Self-screen daily for symptoms and exposures
- Consistent and correct use of masks, for those who meet criteria
- Physical distancing, for those who meet criteria
- Assist with frequent disinfection of common and high traffic areas and surfaces
Travel and Quarantine
Quarantine is not required for high-risk or international travel. For specific questions/concerns regarding your travel, please contact Student Health Service at 909-558-8770 or via email at COVID19_Student_Health@llu.edu.
If you're traveling to or from California, follow the CDPH travel guidelines (PDF).
For comprehensive details on Loma Linda University's COVID-19 pandemic response, please view our full COVID-19 prevention plan (PDF).