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COVID-19 Health & Safety

Medical & Religious Exemptions

Requesting an Exemption

You may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement based on verified medical reasons or religious beliefsRead the Board Policy on vaccinations.

For guidance on whether you meet the criteria for a Medical Exemption, please review the CDC and State of California guidelines

There is a separate form and process for each type of request. See details below for your exemption type.


Medical Exemption Request

  1. Download the COVID-19 Request Medical Exemption PDF Form 

  2. Complete the PDF form on your computer and have it signed by your medical provider.

  3. Log in to MyPortal.

  4. Navigate to Apps.

  5. Click on the Foothill College Student Health Portal tile under the Student section.

  6. Click on the "Document Upload" link in the navigation bar.

  7. Select Document Type "COVID-19 Medical Exemption Request." 

  8. Upload your completed PDF medical exemption form.

  9. You will receive an email with a decision from the Student Health Center within 2-3 business days.

  10. Approved students must follow the Protocols for Exempted Students to maintain their approved exempted status.

Religious Exemption Request

  1. Download the Religious Exemption Request PDF form

  2. Complete the Religious Exemption Online Submission form and attach your completed PDF to the "File Upload" option.

  3. You will receive an email with a decision from the Dean of Students within 2-3 business days.

  4. Approved students must follow the Protocols for Exempted Students to maintain their approved exempted status.

Healthcare providers or health departments in the United States can request a consultation from CISA COVIDvax for a complex COVID-19 vaccine safety question that is (1) about an individual patient residing in the United States or vaccine safety issue and (2) not readily addressed by CDC or Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) guidelines. If you feel you have a medical reason that requires a medical exemption that is not listed as a contraindication, please have your doctor consult with CISA COVIDvax


Protocols for Exempted Students

The following policies and protocols are for students with a college-approved medical or religious exemption. 

The "72-Hour Rule" 

Students who are not vaccinated and take in-person or hybrid courses must provide COVID-19 laboratory results within 72 hours of arrival to class. For more detail, refer to our testing calendar

Valid Tests

Foothill College Student Health Services accepts the following test types: Antigen, NAAT, and PCR type testing. Antibody testing is not accepted.

Failure to Comply

Test or lose your exemption. Upload COVID-19 test results to the student health portal as soon as you receive them. You will not be able to attend a class if you do not provide a negative COVID-19 test. Failure to comply may result in you being dropped from your courses.

Uploading Your Test Results

Uploading your test results is simple and only takes a few minutes. You need to log in to the Student Health Portal, click "Document Upload" from the top of the screen, and select "COVID-19 Test Results" from the drop-down menu to upload your test results. For detailed instructions, refer to the Student Health Portal Guide.

Course Changes

If you cannot attend class in person due to illness, vacation, your professor canceling class, or if you drop your course, you must notify our COVID response team using the Course Change form.

Foothill Mobile App

Did you know? You can use the Foothill App to report a positive COVID test to the COVID team.

Use the Foothill College mobile app. Download from MyPortal.Go to MyPortal > Apps > All Users > Mobile App > Download Foothill College App
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