COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements and Exemptions
Beginning with Summer Semester 2022, Ohio University will no longer require COVID-19 vaccination for Ohio University employees and non-residential students. However, OHIO community members are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and stay up-to-date on their vaccinations.
Because of known risks associated with congregate living, OHIO will continue to require students living in Ohio University residence housing to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Students must verify in their University housing agreement whether they have received the COVID-19 vaccination or sign a waiver acknowledging the risks of not being vaccinated against the virus, as they are required to do for other residential housing vaccine requirements. More information can be found at ohio.edu/housing/vaccination.
Experiential Learning Opportunities
Some experiential learning program partners, including clinical placement sites and study-abroad programs and destinations, have COVID-19 vaccination requirements that students, faculty, and staff must meet to participate. Requirements may include documenting proof of vaccination or going through an exemption process. Not complying with program partners’ COVID-19 vaccination requirements could prevent individuals from fulfilling academic and professional objectives and may impact a student’s ability to fulfill degree requirements and/or eligibility for licensure. Students can document their vaccination status via the link below.
Third-Party Vaccine Documentation Requirements and Exemptions
Many partner programs and education-abroad programs and destinations will require that students and employees submit proof of vaccination status directly to the program or foreign country officials. While not all these entities will recognize or grant exemptions, those that do may require that students and employees engage in that entity’s exemption process.
Other Experiential Learning Opportunities
Some partner programs, however, have required that Ohio University process exemption requests from students and employees on behalf of the partner program. In such cases, students may apply for an exemption via the link below. Because the majority of partner programs requiring the university to process exemptions are medical and/or health related clinical training sites subject to the vaccine requirements set forth by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), this vaccine exemption request form is based on the requirements of the CMS COVID-19 vaccination requirement.
The exemptions to the CMS COVID-19 vaccination requirement are:
- Reasonable accommodation for a disability (for example, certain allergies or recognized medical conditions) or a sincerely held religious belief, observance, or practice; or
- Medical exemption due to a physician-verified clinical contraindication.
- For more information about the CMS COVID-19 vaccination requirement and available exemptions, see Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Note: Submittal of an exemption request and required documentation is not a guarantee that the request will be approved, nor that a partner program will recognize an approval granted by Ohio University.
How to get a replacement vaccine card
If you have lost or damaged your card or need a replacement, contact your original vaccine provider to request a replacement card. If they are not able to provide one, contact the health department for the county in which you received your vaccine.
Accepted COVID-19 Vaccines
Ohio University recognizes the following vaccines under this policy:
- Pfizer (two dose)
- Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (one dose)
- Moderna (two dose)
- Vaccines currently approved under a WHO Emergency Use Listing (EUL)
Campus partners including Heritage College Community Health Programs, the College of Health Sciences and Professions, the School of Nursing, the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, OHIO COVID Operations, OhioHealth Campus Care, and the Athens City-County Health Department have collaborated to provide the following calendar of opportunities to get a vaccine on campus.
|Friday, Nov. 18, 2022||10 a.m.-12 p.m.||Heritage Community Clinic, Grosvenor West|
|Friday, Dec. 2, 2022||1 p.m.-3 p.m.||Heritage Community Clinic, Grosvenor West|
OhioHealth Campus Care
- Ohio University students can call Campus Care at 740.592.7100 to schedule a vaccine.
- Appointments preferred but walk-ins welcome.
- Appointments available Monday -Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Schedule a Vaccine or Booster Anywhere in Ohio
- Schedule a vaccine online anywhere in Ohio, including at many of the walk-in clinics listed above
- Contact local health departments in any county hosting an OHIO campus to schedule a vaccine or find out about local vaccine clinics.
- To schedule a vaccine by phone anywhere in Ohio, call the Ohio Department of Health at 1.833.427.5634.