COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Updated December 22, 2021 

Every student who will be residing at TWC's residential facilities, or living independently in Washington, D.C. and participating in-person in any of our programs, is required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their arrival to Washington, D.C.

Additionally, per the CDC’s recommendation, TWC is requiring all students to receive a booster shot. Students who completed their initial vaccine series on July 19, 2021 or earlier will be required to receive their booster shot prior to TWC’s spring check-in, which begins on January 19, 2022. Students who will not be eligible by January 19th must receive their booster no more than 14 days after they become eligible; TWC will provide support to students who become eligible while they are enrolled. All TWC staff members who interact in-person with students or partners are also required to receive booster shots, per this policy. 

Students participating in any of our funded Federal Diversity programs are considered employees of TWC; thus, they are also required to be fully vaccinated and receive a booster shot, regardless of whether they are working on-site or from home.

TWC requires that each student submit a copy of their COVID-19 vaccination card as verification of their status before they arrive in Washington, D.C. and they should submit their vaccination cards once their entire vaccination series (including a booster, if eligible) is complete. Failure to provide proof of vaccination may impact their ability to participate. 

In some cases, medical or disability-related exemptions may be approved based on appropriate documentation submitted in writing. Please note: approved exemptions may have an impact on a student’s housing options, as well as their internship placement options. 

TWC believes vaccinations are necessary to ensure our community remains safe and healthy, and so that each student continues to be well and thrive throughout their Washington, D.C. experience.

COVID Vaccine FAQs

How do I provide proof of vaccination?

You must submit proof of vaccination by uploading a photo of your COVID-19 vaccination card. Detailed instructions and deadlines for uploading proof of vaccination will be shared during the pre-arrival process.

What if I provided proof of vaccination before I received my booster?

Please upload an updated copy of your COVID-19 vaccination card that includes your booster shot information. If you have any questions, you can reach out to housing@twc.edu.  

What happens if I do not upload my immunization card prior to my arrival?

You will not be allowed to enter The Washington Center-provided housing or participate in any in-person programming until we have received your proof of vaccination.

Will TWC be providing opportunities for students to receive the vaccination?

Each student must independently obtain the COVID-19 vaccine and be fully vaccinated (and boosted, if eligible) prior to checking in for their TWC program. Students who become eligible for a booster while enrolled in a TWC program will receive support obtaining their booster shot.

I am an international student — how does TWC’s vaccine policy differ based on vaccine availability in my home country?

TWC will follow the guidelines as issued by the United States government for international J-1 Visa holders in respect to requirements for quarantine, vaccinations and testing upon entry into the United States. As eligibility for vaccine boosters varies by country, TWC will also work one-on-one with each international student regarding their ability to receive a booster shot and their compliance with our policy.

Will TWC test students now that students are required to be vaccinated?

Students may be subject to periodic COVID-19 testing during their stay in TWC’s housing. Any student who receives a positive test result will receive support from TWC while they self-isolate, in accordance with CDC guidelines and TWC staff instruction.

Do vaccinated students still have to wear masks in common areas, practice social distancing, and follow other D.C. mandates regarding COVID-19?

It depends! Mask requirements, social distancing expectations and other community safety standards will evolve based on public health conditions and the prevailing requirements put in place by local public health authorities. TWC will share updated guidance as your check-in date approaches.

What if I have a medical condition that prevents me from being able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine safely?

You must submit documentation to housing@twc.edu from a licensed medical provider that details the medical condition that you have, as well as the specific reason(s) that the vaccine could be harmful to you.

What if I just do not want to receive the vaccine?

The Washington Center requires that all students receive the COVID-19 vaccine (unless they receive a medical exemption) for the safety and health of our community.

Do my guests need to provide proof of vaccination?

Yes, any visitor to TWC housing facilities must be able to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination in order to enter.

Are TWC staff members required to be vaccinated?

All TWC staff members who interact in-person with students or partners are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they receive an exemption.