Health and Wellness: COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ | Concordia Language Villages

Health and Wellness: COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ

Vaccination: General FAQ

What changes have been made to mitigate COVID-19 at the Language Villages?

We have a robust mitigation plan that layers multiple non-pharmaceutical approaches. You can read about how we’ve used different strategies in our summer programs in our Playbook and Backstory.

Will participants be required to have received a COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes, all eligible participants will be required to have a COVID-19 vaccination with limited exceptions for medical or non-medical reasons.

Will staff be required to have received a COVID-19 vaccine?

Staff will be required to have a COVID-19 vaccination or agree to weekly testing — limited exceptions for medical or non-medical reasons.

Where can I learn more about COVID-19 vaccines?

The CDC website provides detailed information about COVID-19 vaccines.

The State of Minnesota COVID-19 Response webpage contains links to vaccine data for the state.

Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

The federal government has created as a one-stop site for locating pharmacies with COVID-19 vaccine supply. Enter your zip code, search radius and desired vaccine, and the system shows locations and links to open appointments.

What if I’m not ‘fully vaccinated’ by the September 1, 2021 deadline?

For participants who are partially or not yet fully vaccinated by the September 1 deadline, we will work with you on a case-by-case basis. This may include following guidelines similar to the expectations for unvaccinated individuals (face-coverings, distancing and possible surveillance testing).

I’ve received a vaccine not authorized in the U.S. and want to be revaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine. Can this happen?

According to the CDC, as of June 21, 2021, no data are available on the safety or efficacy of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine currently authorized in the United States after receiving a non-FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine. However, in some circumstances, people who received a COVID-19 vaccine not currently authorized in the United States may be offered revaccination with an FDA-authorized vaccine. Participants should consult with their health care providers.

I received a COVID-19 vaccine that isn’t authorized by the FDA but is on the list of vaccines authorized for emergency use by the WHO. What should I do?

If you completed a COVID-19 vaccination series with a vaccine that has been authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO), you do not need to receive an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine. You should upload documentation on your health and nutritional forms.

The COVID-19 vaccine I received is not on the FDA or WHO-authorized list. How should I proceed?

In line with current medical direction from the CDC, if you received all or some of the recommended doses of a vaccine that isn’t on the FDA or WHO authorized list, you should contact the Health and Wellness Department ( to discuss options.

Can a vaccinated person test positive for COVID-19?

It is possible, but the risk of infection, severe illness or death is significantly lower after vaccination. Such “breakthrough cases” would be expected as no vaccine is 100% effective in preventing infections. If you exhibit any of the signs associated with COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider for guidance.

For participants in residence at the Language Villages, on-site COVID-19 testing is available for symptomatic individuals. On a limited basis, screening testing may also be conducted.

For all community members, your own health care provider, the COVID-19 Community Testing Sites and the test-at-home mail-order Vault kits are ongoing options for access to COVID-19 testing.

For all MN-based participants: Information about accessing COVID-19 testing is available on the Minnesota Department of Health website.

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Reviewed: August 19, 2021