Resources for
COVID-19 Vaccinations

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Read more about the Vaccine Clinic on Chapman’s campus – April 16 – for students, faculty and staff. This clinic will administer the Pfizer vaccine.

Attend the COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall, presented virtually by The Orange County Register and Chapman University, April 20, noon. This town hall will feature editors from The Orange County Register, faculty from Chapman and representatives from the Orange County Health Care Agency. A lengthy audience Q&A is included.

Chapman staff, faculty and students who have been vaccinated are requested to update their vaccine registration.

Starting April 15, all California residents ages 16 and up are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. It is important to note that Orange County and the State may continue to prioritize appointments for some groups, such as those over 65 years and K-12 teachers, and underserved areas.

Currently, education is one of the active sectors now eligible to be vaccinated. This eligibility includes persons 16 years and older at risk of occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2 through their work in any role in the Education and Child Care settings, including “All staff in colleges, universities, junior colleges, community colleges, and other post-secondary education facilities” and “All staff in educational support services and administration.” This includes Chapman student employees.

The addition of education to the active vaccination sector is based on California Department of Public Health guidelines.

We encourage you to pursue local vaccination options in Orange County or where you live.

At this time, Chapman University is not requiring a COVID-19 vaccination to return to campus, however, we strongly encourage it.

Important Information on the Vaccination Process

According to Professor Jeff Goad, Chair of Pharmacy Practice in Chapman University’s School of Pharmacy and a member of California’s Drafting Guidelines Workgroup that helps to set the policies regarding state-wide eligibility for the vaccine, “There is a lot of mixed information out there” concerning the vaccine, who’s eligible and how to sign up for it. Also keep in mind, eligibility, while set by the state, may be adapted at the county level. Some vaccination sites are focusing on different populations. Eligibility changes frequently and may be different from site to site. For example, on Mar. 4, Governor Gavin Newsom issued guidelines to enhance the equitable distribution of the vaccine throughout the state.

One resource to consult is Orange County’s COVID-19 distribution site, which indicates (under “Registration & Scheduling”) that you should bring to the vaccination location proof of vaccine eligibility based on employment, such as a valid state or federally issued ID card as well as “An employer-issued ID card with picture, professional license, or written proof of employment on official company letterhead.” Orange County vaccination locations also accept an employment paystub with printed name or a standard business card with their name and address.

There is some inconsistency among vaccination sites in what is being requested at the time of an appointment. We suggest you bring multiple forms of identification and verification of your Chapman employment to expedite the process. We are told that a paystub seems to be the preferred verification method at most vaccination sites.

For expediency, as a Chapman University employee, we encourage you to use your Chapman ID and paystub as proof of employment once your county is actively vaccinating Phase 1B, Tier 1. However, if you prefer to request a written proof of employment, a.k.a. a verification of employment (VOE) letter, please do so by emailing and allowing up to three business days.  

County-based Eligibility

Some users have reported the ability to register to receive the vaccine in a county other than their county-of-residence; however, when they showed up for the appointment and shared their ID, they were turned away. We recommend that, when applying to a county-based vaccine site, users stay within their home county. If you live, work or go to school in Orange County, you may be eligible to receive vaccine within the county.

As vaccine availability and processes change frequently, we strongly encourage you to review your county’s vaccination plans and to prepare ahead of time. For more information on neighboring counties’ COVID-19 vaccination plans, current status and documentation requirements, please click on the relevant link below.

Additional Resources

Chapman University urges all members of the Chapman community to register to receive the vaccine as soon as they are able. This effort will support recovery from the pandemic, help slow the spread of the virus and help to facilitate our return to campus and in-person operations, teaching and learning. Other sources of information that may be helpful include the following:

We urge all community members, regardless of where you are, to follow the CU Staying Healthy guidelines concerning the wearing of masks, frequent hand washing and other precautionary measures to help curtail the spread of the coronavirus.

As we have more information concerning availability of the vaccine for the Chapman community, we will post it on this website.