Getting to a new normal

For the last year, we have diligently followed our COVID-19 virus mitigation protocols to protect each other and our FLC community. COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots are another critical pillar in our public health strategy that will help end this pandemic.

To ensure safe campus interactions, a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot is required for all FLC students enrolled for the Spring 2022 semester as well as all faculty and staff.

Having a broadly vaccinated and boosted campus community allows us to engage in the hands-on, inclusive, and personalized learning environment that we all know and love. FLC takes seriously our role in protecting the health of Durango and surrounding communities, some of which were the hardest-hit by COVID-19. For these reasons, it is vitally important that all our students, staff, and faculty are vaccinated and boosted.

The benefits of COVID-19 vaccination and booster include prevention of serious illness, hospitalization, and death from the virus. On campus, this vaccination and booster requirement will allow you to attend in-person events, play intramural sports, dine with friends, attend performances, cheer for our athletes, and have more in-person interactions within the FLC community.

View the Student Vaccine Policy

Student vaccination documentation

You are required to upload a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination card to FLC’s secure document upload portal or through the Fort Lewis App.

*Continuing students enrolled in online courses only (and who are not accessing on-campus services) will not need to provide proof of vaccination.

You will receive an email receipt by the end of the business week indicating that your vaccination documentation was received.

Faculty and staff vaccination documentation

Certify that you are fully vaccinated or complete an exemption for medical/non-medical reasons on WebOpus using this COVID-19 Certification or by logging onto your FLC app under the daily Pre-Screen and Self Reporting Forms.

If you are in the process of getting vaccinated, please wait until you are fully vaccinated before completing the certification.


The medical and non-medical immunization exemption process for the COVID-19 vaccination requirement will parallel the exemption process for the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccination requirement, which is outlined by the state of Colorado. If you already have a vaccine exemption on file, you are also exempt from the booster requirement. 

If you wish to request an exemption, you may do so using the Vaccination Requirement Exemption forms: 

Submit your exemption form online:

Students, staff, and faculty who have an exemption and are unvaccinated are required to test weekly for COVID-19, wear a mask indoors on campus, and practice physical distancing at all times. Additionally, unvaccinated individuals will go into a mandatory quarantine or isolation if exposed to COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccine Q&A

What is the COVID-19 vaccine?

A vaccine stimulates the immune system to produce immunity to and protection against a specific disease. The COVID-19 vaccines prevent or lessen the effects of COVID-19.

The COVID-19 vaccines produced by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson have all been authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). All three vaccines have been shown to be safe and effective.  

Learn more on the CDC website

What is the deadline for students to receive their vaccine?

The vaccination booster process must be started before the first day of Spring 2022 classes. For those who need it, FLC will provide a vaccination/booster clinic the week before classes begin

What if I have questions or concerns about getting the vaccine?

  • Read San Juan Basin Public Health’s FAQ section on their website.
  • Call the Colorado vaccine information line: 1-877-268-2926 (1-877-COVAXCO), available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and in multiple languages.
  • Contact your primary care physician or other provider to discuss your concerns.
  • Visit the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention vaccine website.

Are faculty and staff required to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. All eligible faculty and staff are required to get the COVID-19 booster by the start of the Spring 2022 semester.

Do I still need to wear a mask, keep my distance from others, track symptoms, and participate in mandatory testing?

Yes. The COVID-19 vaccine requirement, Health Pass policy, and our testing program for unvaccinated individuals have greatly reduced the risk of the virus spreading on campus this fall. To stay out in front of the dynamic nature of the pandemic, we will be adding masks back to our virus mitigation strategy. 

Read more about our mitigation strategy on the coronavirus updates page or on Gear Up!

Will FLC offer vaccinations?

Yes. In collaboration with our local health authorities, FLC plans to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to students, faculty, and staff prior to the start of the Spring 2022 term. 

FLC COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Dates:
January 18-21 and January 23-28 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Student Life Center

Appointment information will be shared via campus email.

Will my vaccination documentation remain confidential?

Yes. Your vaccination documentation is protected and will remain confidential. FLC employs security measures appropriate for private health information.

How will my vaccination documentation be used?

Your vaccination documentation will be used internally by FLC to determine if you are eligible to be on campus. Your vaccination status may be shared with federal, state, and local public health agencies to help monitor community immunization rates and facilitate contact tracing if new COVID cases arise. Your individual information will not be sold or released to unaffiliated third parties without your express permission.  

How long will my vaccination documentation be stored?

Your vaccination information will be stored by FLC as long as there is a legitimate need. Your information may be purged one year after you are no longer a registered student at FLC. If you are re-admitted you may need to provide your vaccination information again.