This page contains professional, and educational information for internal use. It is designed to be used by faculty, administrators, and optometry students of the Michigan College of Optometry.
ALL VA's nationwide are requiring the COVID-19 Vaccination. This mandate has been
established by the national VHA Office of Academic Affiliations in conjunction with
the CDC, as it has been added to the CDC guidelines web site: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/rec-vac/hcw.html
Much like the Influenza vaccine, all Health Professions Trainees (HPT) training in a VA facility must be fully vaccinated or have an exemption filed (medical or religious) with the Office of the Designated Education Officer at the VA using the following VA Form 10-263.
If an HPT is not vaccinated or filed an exemption before their rotation, they cannot come to the VA.
VA's require that youreach out at least 90 days prior to the start of your rotation to receive instructions on required documents and processes that must be completed at least 30 days before your start date. This is an example checklist, contact your VA for more information.
Planning on attending an AOA, MOA, SVOSH trip or other type of professional conference during your rotation? Contact your site Supervisor EARLY to make sure the time is available at the clinic. It is up to the site Supervisor to allow time off.
NOTE: We are asking all students to please reach out to your next semester externship site early to determine any additional protocols and procedures that may be required due to COVID. As many sites are out of state and the situation remains fluid we urge you to plan ahead and early.
This site is updated frequently. If you notice an error or have a comment or suggestion, please contact Michelle Balliet at 231-591-3706 Email: [email protected]