Vaccine FAQs

Aug 27, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Update for Students 

Thank you for your patience as we work through the details of the new vaccine mandate

For a full set of FAQs, please see the State Center Community College District FAQs. 


Below are answers to some frequently asked student questions:

NEW 9/17/21: What is the process for submitting a medical exception request? 

Options to obtain a medical exemption request form:

  1. Download the form HS-322 Form Medical Exemption For Vaccination
  2. Pick up a hard copy in Health Services
  3. Email to request a copy via email

Options to submit a form:

  1. Upload the completed form in your Student Health Portal at Choose “document upload” in the navigation bar at the top of the page and then choose your college.
  2. Drop off a hard copy at Health Services.
  3. Email a copy of the completed form to

Health Services is located in portable R6 B. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 8 am-4:30 pm.

Completed forms must be submitted no later than October 11, 2021.

Please allow a minimum of 3-4 days for review. You will be notified of your approval status via your student email account. If you are taking classes from multiple State Center Community College District colleges, you only need to submit your request to one college. Colleges include Fresno City College, Reedley College, Clovis Community College, and Madera Community College (including the Oakhurst campus).

What is the deadline for receiving my COVID-19 vaccine?

The following dates will help you meet the State Center Community College District’s new vaccine mandate taking effect October 15, 2021. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose.  

To be fully vaccinated by October 15, 2021, be sure to note these upcoming vaccine deadlines. There is limited supply of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine at this time. 

September 3: Last day to get 1st dose (2nd dose on October 1)  

Pfizer (FDA Approved): 
September 10: Last day to get 1st dose (2nd dose on October 1) 

How can I get vaccinated? 

Make an appointment at or call (833) 422-4255 and schedule your appointment for a clinic in the community. There are appointment and walk-in options. 

Is the vaccine safe and effective?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have made clear that the vaccines are safe and effective. The Pfizer vaccine is now fully FDA approved and others have met the FDA’s rigorous, scientific standards for emergency use authorization. 

Learn more about the Delta variant and why it is important to get vaccinated. 

What is the process to receive a religious exemption?

The soon-to-be-published Religious Exemption Request form must be completed according to instructions that will be provided on the form which is expected to be released any day. Please check back regularly.

Do fully online students need to meet the vaccine mandate?

No. However, to maximize protection from COVID-19 and reduce the possibility of spreading it to others, all individuals are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated. If you choose to come to campus, you will need to be vaccinated. 

Should I drop my in-person classes if I have not decided whether to be vaccinated? 

No. You have options past the Aug. 27 drop deadline. We do not recommend dropping classes without speaking to an academic counselor and the financial aid office. A counselor can help you navigate your options. If you drop a class, your financial aid may be impacted, and you may need to pay back a portion of your aid. 

How do I show proof of vaccination?

We are working on the process to show proof of vaccination. The system we use will be able to verify with the California Department of Public Health. 

Will I get a refund on fees and books if I drop classes?

We will be as flexible as possible with students. More information will be forthcoming. 

Can I transfer to an online class if I am taking classes in person?

If you are not able to continue in-person classes after October 15 because you are not planning to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and do not have a qualifying medical or religious exemption, please speak to your instructor. Your instructor may be able to support an online or hybrid option or help you transfer to an online course. We are working on the process for students to submit medical and religious exemptions. The college will explore accommodations for both in-person and remote learning options for students who have approved medical or religious exemptions.

We are pleased to announce new online courses starting in September and October. Please view the Madera Open Class List and the Oakhurst Open Class List.

For support in choosing classes, make an appointment to speak to an academic counselor. If you plan to drop a class, please speak to an academic advisor and financial aid office to make sure you know your options.

How do I receive my $150 Amazon gift card after receiving my vaccine? 

Note: Only take advantage of one gift card incentive in the State Center Community College District.

You can show proof of vaccination by September 15 at the following locations:

Tuesdays and Wednesdays
7:30 am – 3:30 pm
Office of the President - Administration Building 110

Evenings and Saturday:
Tuesday and Wednesday, 6-9 pm
Saturday, 8 am-noon
See Pat Bradley


Please continue to check your student email for updates.

Thank you for your patience as we roll out this important new requirement. The values of Madera Community College include providing a safe learning environment, and we are working hard to roll out this new requirement as effectively as possible. 

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