Vaccine Requirement & Reporting

Report your vaccination status

Our COVID-19 response planning depends on knowing how many students, faculty, and staff are fully vaccinated. All students, faculty, and staff are required to report their vaccine status to the University and to update their vaccine status within five days of any change in status.

  • Undergraduate and law students should report their vaccine status and upload their vaccination card through their Student Health Center portal.
  • MBA and SPCS students should report their vaccine status by completing this form.
  • Faculty and staff should report their vaccine status by completing this form.

We will treat information about vaccine status confidentially, consistent with applicable laws and regulations.

Updated Aug. 24, 2021

COVID-19 vaccines are an effective and critical tool to combat COVID-19 and help us have another successful year of in-person, residential education. According to the CDC, the vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be safe and effective. Current data also suggests that vaccinated individuals are less likely to become infected — even by the Delta variant — and the vaccines are highly effective against the most severe consequences of COVID-19.

The University of Richmond announced in June that to promote the health of our community and continue to move forward as a community, the University would require all students, faculty, and staff to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as one of the vaccines received full approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). On Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, the FDA granted full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people aged 16 years and older. As a result, the University’s vaccine requirement is now in effect. Unless granted an exemption, all students, faculty, and staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Requirement

Members of our community who are not vaccinated and who have not received an exemption are required to get their first dose of vaccine by Sept. 8, 2021, and, for two-dose vaccines, to obtain their second dose within the specified time period for that vaccine. To meet the University’s vaccine requirement, students, faculty, and staff may choose the now FDA-approved Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine or the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which presently remain subject to FDA Emergency Use Authorization. International students who have received a vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization have met the University’s vaccine requirement.

Reporting

Our COVID-19 response planning depends on knowing how many students, faculty, and staff are fully vaccinated. All students, faculty, and staff are required to report their vaccine status to the University and to update their vaccine status within five days of any change in status. 

  • Undergraduate and law students should report their vaccine status and upload their vaccination card through their Student Health Center portal.
  • MBA and SPCS students should report their vaccine status by completing this form.
  • Faculty and staff should report their vaccine status by completing this form.

We will treat information about vaccine status confidentially, consistent with applicable laws and regulations. 

Exemption Process

As is our current practice for other required vaccines, students, faculty, and staff may seek an exemption from the vaccine requirement if they have a medical condition that prevents them from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine or a sincerely held religious belief against receiving the vaccine. For the COVID-19 vaccine requirement only, students, faculty, and staff may also seek an exemption from the requirement to have a COVID-19 vaccine based on personal convictions strongly and sincerely held by the person seeking the exemption.

To apply for an exemption from the vaccine requirement:

Members of our campus community who are not fully vaccinated, including those who are granted an exemption from the vaccine requirement, will be required to follow the University’s health and safety protocols for unvaccinated individuals in order to mitigate the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to those on our campus who are not vaccinated.

Currently, these protocols include participating in University-sponsored prevalence testing and wearing a mask indoors and in outdoor locations where physical distancing is not possible, as described in the University’s mask policy, which is in line with CDC guidelines.

Deadlines

Members of our community who are not vaccinated and who have not received an exemption are now required to get their first dose of vaccine by Sept. 8 and, for two-dose vaccines, to obtain their second dose within the specified time period for that vaccine. For information on where to obtain a vaccine, please visit vaccinate.virginia.gov

All students, faculty, and staff are required to notify the University of any change in their vaccine status within five days of such change.

Getting a Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines are readily available through many health care providers and pharmacies. For information on where to obtain a vaccine, please visit vaccinate.virginia.gov if you are in Virginia or vaccines.gov if you are outside of Virginia. 

The University will be conducting a vaccine clinic on campus on Thursday, Aug. 26, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Richmond School of Law parking lot (R43). The clinic will allow participants to choose either the Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, or Moderna vaccine. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses. A follow-up clinic will be held the week of Sept. 27 to deliver the second dose. There is no charge for any vaccine. More details on registering for the clinic are available here.

Vaccine Boosters

Public health officials have issued new guidance regarding a third dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for people who have moderately or severely compromised immune systems. Members of our community who are immunocompromised should discuss with their physician whether they should consider a third dose.

Third dose booster shots will not be available at the Aug. 26 clinic. We expect that additional guidance regarding booster shots for others will be forthcoming, and we will share that information once it becomes available.

Vaccine FAQs

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  • Why didn’t the University require the vaccine before it received full approval by the FDA?

    The University has been strongly encouraging every student, staff member, and faculty member to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 vaccine since vaccines became widely available. According to the CDC, the COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S. under an emergency use authorization are safe and effective. However, the University believed it was appropriate to wait for full FDA approval of at least one of the vaccines before requiring students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated.

    Students, faculty, and staff can protect themselves from COVID-19 by getting the vaccine. The vaccines are highly effective and, according to the CDC, the risk of a “breakthrough infection” among fully vaccinated individuals is very low and the symptoms are less severe among those fully vaccinated individuals who do contract COVID-19.

  • Who is required to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

    All members of the campus community — students, faculty, and staff — are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless they receive an exemption for medical or religious reasons or strongly held personal convictions.

  • If one vaccine is fully approved by the FDA will that be the only one acceptable?

    No. All vaccines that have full approval or emergency authorization from the FDA are and will continue to be acceptable. These currently include the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

    International students who have received a vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization have met the University’s vaccine requirement.

  • Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe?

    There is a significant amount of information available on the safety and efficacy of the vaccines. Here are links to some of this information:

  • I have been vaccinated outside the United States. Will the University accept my vaccine or do I need to be re-vaccinated upon arrival in the U.S.?

    Consistent with CDC guidance, students, faculty, and staff who have received all required doses of a vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization will be considered to be fully vaccinated. The University will work with students who have received a vaccine that is not authorized by the FDA or World Health Organization to determine whether revaccination is appropriate.  

  • Do I need to be vaccinated if I have already had COVID-19?

    Yes. It is possible to get COVID-19 more than once. The CDC recommends that people get vaccinated even if they have had COVID-19. However, if you required treatment for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, the CDC recommends waiting 90 days before getting vaccinated. Please consult your healthcare provider regarding timing of vaccination after infection if you have concerns.

  • I participated in a vaccine trial and I do not know whether I received a placebo or a vaccine. What do I do?

    If you participated in a trial for vaccines, you should consult with your contact for the research trial to determine if/when other doses might be appropriate for your case.

  • How do I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

    For information on where to obtain a vaccine, please visit https://vaccinate.virginia.gov if you are in Virginia or https://vaccines.gov if you are outside of Virginia.

  • How do I report my vaccine status?

    The University needs information regarding the percentage of students, faculty, and staff who are fully vaccinated in order to determine which health and safety protocols can be relaxed and which must continue in place for the fall semester. Given the importance of this information, we ask all students, faculty, and staff to report their vaccine status as follows:

    • Undergraduate and law students should report their vaccine status and upload their vaccination card through their Student Health Center portal.
    • MBA and SPCS students should report their vaccine status by completing this form.
    • Faculty and staff should report their vaccine status by completing this form.

    We will treat information about vaccine status confidentially, consistent with applicable laws and regulations.

  • How do I apply for an exemption?

    The University encourages anyone who is able to get the vaccine to do so. As is our current practice for other required vaccines, students, faculty, and staff may seek medical or religious exemptions from the vaccine requirement. Faculty, staff, and students may also seek an exemption from the requirement to have a COVID-19 vaccine based on strong personal convictions. Information about applying for exemptions will be available in the next few weeks.

  • What does "fully vaccinated" mean?

    A person is fully vaccinated when two weeks have passed since their first dose of a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, or since their second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, such as Moderna or Pfizer.

  • Am I permitted to ask others if they have been vaccinated?

    No. You should not ask students, employees, or visitors if they have been vaccinated.

    Managers may encourage their direct reports to report their vaccine status to the University and remind all direct reports that those who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear a mask, consistent with UR’s updated mask policy.

    Please remember that people wearing masks on campus may be choosing to do so irrespective of their personal vaccination status.

  • Can I require masking in my place of work?

    Faculty may require masking in classrooms or labs this fall due to the extended time spent in relatively close spaces. Individuals who have a qualified disability and seek to require masks as an accommodation should file a disability accommodation request and/or talk with their supervisor. All members of our community should follow the University’s mask policy.

  • When I am vaccinated, what will the health and safety protocols on campus be for me?

    Faculty, staff, and students who are fully vaccinated should continue to follow all applicable University health and safety protocols. More information about those guidelines for the fall 2021 semester are available here