Spring 2022 FAQ
APU’s COVID-19 requirements and protocols may change to reflect updates in applicable government orders and guidance or as circumstances change on our campuses and in our surrounding communities. Visit the Destination APU: Spring 2022 Return website for ongoing university updates, and to access the university’s comprehensive COVID Prevention Plan, which will be available soon.
Will COVID-19 vaccination be required?
Vaccination plays a very important role in reducing the spread of COVID-19, including its variants. L.A. County has not mandated vaccination, and APU does not intend to do so at this time.
APU strongly encourages all individuals able and eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to do so at their earliest opportunity in alignment with appropriate health and safety protocols and in consultation with their own medical professionals. Please visit the California Department of Health website at My Turn to schedule an appointment or find a walk-in vaccine location. For more information or to sign up with a local provider, visit the California State Government site. For those living out of state, visit the CDC vaccine finder. APU reserves the right at a future time to require employees, students, or visitors to be vaccinated should a change in circumstances make that necessary and reasonable to sustain normal business operations.
Does APU require individuals to wear face coverings while on campus?
As of Friday, March 4, in accordance with guidance from the L.A. County Department of Public Health, APU strongly encourages but no longer requires employees or visitors to wear masks indoors (except for the Student Health Center) or outdoors on the Azusa, Los Angeles, and Monrovia campuses.
If I am fully vaccinated, do I have to show proof?
No one is required to “prove” they have been vaccinated, because APU is not requiring COVID-19 vaccinations at this time.
What does it mean to be “fully vaccinated”?
To be “fully vaccinated” for purposes of APU policies, you must have received, at least 14 days prior, either the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines must be FDA approved; have an emergency use authorization from the FDA; or, for persons fully vaccinated outside the United States, be listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO). For information on COVID-19 booster eligibility, visit the CDC website. According to the CDC, anyone who has recovered from COVID-19 and is no longer in isolation may obtain the booster if they are eligible.
Am I “fully vaccinated” if I have developed natural immunity to COVID-19?
For purposes of current state and county public agency orders, no, you are not fully vaccinated, even if you have developed a natural immunity to COVID-19.
Are self-test kits available?
For students and employees with access to the Azusa campus, self-test kits will be placed in each living area, the Student Health Center, and several other locations. After testing yourself, drop it off at the Student Health Center by 4 p.m., Monday-Friday, on the day you test. For those attending or working at one of the regional locations, test kits will be available at those locations as well, along with a UPS envelope to mail the test.
After obtaining the test result, upload it to the MyCougar Health Portal.
What should I do if I develop COVID-19 symptoms?
If you develop COVID-19 symptoms as a student, stay at home and do not go to class. Log in to the MyCougar Health Portal and select the “Appts” tab. Then schedule an appointment for a “COVID-19 Phone Screen” and a provider will contact you. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms as an employee, stay at home and do not go to work. Notify your supervisor and the Student Health Center by filling out the Daily Health Assessment and selecting “yes” to one of the questions and a provider will contact you.
In the meantime, be sure to isolate yourself from others. If it is determined that COVID-19 testing is needed, the Student Health Center has the ability to perform a rapid PCR test that takes only one hour. The cost is subsidized by APU, and the resulting low fee is usually paid for by your health insurance.
How effective are the vaccines?
APU does not offer medical advice other than to individuals who come to the Student Health Center for specified medical care and treatment. There are, however, a number of resources readily available on the effectiveness and risks of vaccines. In these resources, you will find information about the following topics and more:
- Will the COVID-19 vaccines affect my genes?
- Is there an increased rate of severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) after obtaining a COVID-19 vaccine?
- What are the long-term effects of the vaccines?
- Why should I get the vaccine if I am not high-risk for COVID-19 complications?
- How serious are the cardiac adverse effects from the vaccines?
- What are the main COVID-19 variants, and how well do the vaccines work against them?
- Do I need to take the vaccine if I have had natural infection with SARS-CoV-2?
- Were aborted fetal cells used to produce the vaccines?
Such resources include:
- Tracking of the variants by the CDC
- Vaccine Development Process (PDF), Reagan-Udall Foundation for the Food and Drug Administration
- “BNT162b2 mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine in a Nationwide Mass Vaccination Setting,” The New England Journal of Medicine (February 24, 2021)
- “Safety and Efficacy of the BNT162b2 mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine,” The New England Journal of Medicine (December 10, 2020)
- COVID-19 Vaccines and People of Color, Johns Hopkins Medicine
- Charlotte Lozier Institute Ethical Analysis of the COVID-19 Vaccines
Are the attestations and health assessments that students and employees provide confidential?
The attestations and health assessments employees and students provide through Total Access and the MyCougar Health Portal will be treated by the university as confidential medical information. Employees, including supervisors, should refrain from asking other employees or students about their vaccination status or whether they have or have had COVID-19. Employees and students may voluntarily disclose to others their own personal medical information about COVID-19 or vaccination status. Employees and students are not obligated to share their vaccination status or other health status with others, beyond their required attestations in Total Access or the MyCougar Health Portal.
What will the classroom experience look like? Will social/physical distancing still be required
Physical distancing is not presently required in Los Angeles County, but it is possible that the county will again require it in some situations that apply to APU. In the meantime, because physical distancing can help reduce the spread of COVID-19, we encourage you to use physical distancing, especially where masks are not required or feasible or if you are unvaccinated or with others who may not be vaccinated.
Will large gatherings/meetings be permitted?
It is expected that gathering sizes will still be capped. Though APU no longer requires masks indoors or outdoors, we encourage employees and visitors to wear masks, especially if you are unvaccinated, in a crowded outdoor setting, and/or in sustained close contact with others whose vaccination status is not known.