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 Risk Reduction manual.

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

Yes, all eligible participants will be required to provide proof of a full course of COVID-19 vaccination prior to arrival at Concordia Language Villages.

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.

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: January 16, 2023