Missing documentation for COVID-19 vaccine requirement

Message sent August 10, 2021

Jeff Foster, AVP for College Life, sent a reminder notification to all students who have yet to submit their required vaccination record for the 2021–22 academic year. For those students who have not received a College-approved exemption, he outlines steps to submit the record and consequences for non-compliance.

Dear Student,

As announced in May, the College is requiring all students to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or apply for and receive an approved exemption from the College for medical or religious reasons.

All students were expected to upload verification of vaccination to Medicat, the College’s electronic medical records system, by August 1.

According to our most recent review of records, you have not uploaded verification of vaccination.

  • If you have recently uploaded your vaccination card, thank you for doing so.
  • If you have received your vaccination, have your vaccination card, and still need to upload it, please do so at this time so we can update our records.
  • If you believe you received this message in error or are having difficulty accessing Medicat or uploading your card, please contact Sue Plank in Health Services at splank@gettysburg.edu.
  • International students who do not have access to an approved vaccine should contact Brad Lancaster in International Student Services at blancast@gettysburg.edu regarding plans for returning to campus.

As communicated to all students and parents on July 23, any student who does not upload verification of vaccine or have an approved exemption prior to their move-in date will not be permitted to move in to campus housing, and will be removed from enrolled courses and assigned housing.

Please note that students who are approved for exemptions for medical or religious reasons will be required to present a negative PCR test on arrival, pursue a test on arrival, mask indoors, and participate in ongoing testing throughout the fall semester.

We are moving toward a fully in-person and residential fall semester, and we looking forward to seeing everyone back on campus in the coming weeks. Please be sure to verify your vaccination status quickly, so we can ensure a smooth start to the semester.


Jeff Foster
Associate Vice President of College Life