Coronavirus COVID-19 Student Vaccination and Testing FAQs

Please find answers to frequently asked questions related to student COVID-19 testing.

Are COVID-19 vaccinations required for those coming to campus?

Effective Sept. 8, 2021, all employees, including student workers, are required to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or be tested at least weekly, per MMB Policy #1446 COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination and Testing.

Minnesota State has not mandated proof of vaccination or required testing for most students, and Anoka Tech does not have any extracurricular activities requiring proof of vaccination or testing. However, students participating in clinical or internship experiences may be subject to vaccination and/or testing requirements in place at those sites. All students are strongly encouraged to complete a COVID-19 vaccination series as soon as possible to protect the health of individuals and the campus community.

I already had COVID. Why do I need the vaccine?

Continued circulation of the virus and changing variants pose a risk of reinfection event to those who have previously had COVID-19. Unvaccinated people are at risk for serious illness, hospitalization, and death.

Can I trust vaccines that were developed so quickly?

The tech behind the vaccines is not new and researchers have been working with it for decades. Millions of people have safely received a COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are now fully approved by the FDA.

I’m healthy and not at risk for COVID. Why should I get vaccinated?

Anyone, regardless of their underlying health, can contract COVID-19 and become ill. Even without other risk factors, unvaccinated individuals are significantly more likely to experience severe COVID-19 or hospitalization. Additionally, vaccinated individuals are less likely to become infected with COVID-19, protecting high-risk people around them, including those who are immunocompromised our under the age of 5 and not eligible for vaccination.

Are students required to take a COVID test?

No.  However, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) remains concerned that unvaccinated people are still at high risk for contracting and transmitting COVID-19, many of them with no symptoms and no way of knowing they are positive. MDH’s recommendation is that anyone who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should get tested, whether or not they are vaccinated. There are many convenient and free testing sites available. 

Where can I get a test?

The state has put together a list of COVID-19 testing sites

Are tests free?

Yes. Testing will be free and available to anyone who wants to be tested whether they have symptoms or not, and it will not require insurance.

Will the results of tests remain private?

Access to patient information from this program will follow privacy protections under HIPAA and the Minnesota Health Records Act. MDH will act on positive test results according to protocols that apply to any other positive test result (such as contacting patients directly to discuss isolation and contact tracing). 

How are tests administered?

Depending on where you get your test, it might be a saliva test, or a nasal swab test. Details may be found under the “Which test is right for me?” heading at: