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Ohio University COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Ohio University requires that every student, faculty, and staff member be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption. Those with an approved exemption will be required to participate in weekly asymptomatic COVID-19 testing. 

The University verifies vaccination status and manages required asymptomatic testing for unvaccinated individuals via the COVID-19 Testing Pathway Program. All Ohio University students, faculty, and staff must upload proof of vaccination or proof of an approved exemption from the vaccine requirement. 

This requirement applies to all employees, including those working remotely and all students except OHIO Online and College Credit Plus students who do not access University facilities on any campus in person.  

Upload COVID-19 Vaccine Card or Approved Exemption

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots 

Ohio University strongly encourages all fully vaccinated students, faculty, and staff to get a COVID-19 booster shot as soon they are eligible. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages everyone 12 years and older to receive a booster shot if it has been at least five months since their first Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two months after their single Johnson & Johnson vaccine.  

Per new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ohio Department of Health, individuals who have received a booster can avoid a five-day quarantine if exposed to COVID-19. We encourage you to upload your booster record as soon as possible so that you can avoid quarantine if exposed to the virus.   

NOTE: You must complete this booster form independently of OHIO’s vaccine requirement form, even if your vaccine and booster are recorded on the same card you uploaded on the vaccine requirement form. Only those who are fully vaccinated and have recorded their vaccination series through the COVID-19 Testing Pathway Program can access this booster recording form.

Record Your Booster

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.

Spring 2022 New Admits and Re-enrolling Students

Students who are newly admitted or who are reenrolling for Spring 2022 after a gap in their studies, and who were not enrolled on any campus for Fall Semester 2021, should follow the requirements and deadlines on the COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Spring 2022 New Admits and Re-enrolling Students page.

Complying with OHIO’s Vaccination Requirement

All Ohio University students, faculty, and staff must upload proof of vaccination or proof of an approved exemption from the vaccine requirement via the COVID-19 Testing Pathway Program.

If you have started your vaccine series but are not yet finished

  • If you have not previously selected a pathway via the Testing Pathway program, do so now and indicate that you have started your vaccine: https://ohio.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8i9R119LHXErT2C. After you have completed your vaccine, update your pathway by uploading proof of vaccination. You must sign in with your OHIO email and password.
  • If you previously selected a pathway but have not already reported starting your vaccine, do so immediately by using the unique link that was provided to you in your original pathway confirmation email or by pasting this link into an incognito browser: https://ohio.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8i9R119LHXErT2C. After you have completed your vaccine, update your pathway by uploading proof of vaccination. You must sign in with your OHIO email and password.

If you intend to get vaccinated to satisfy the requirement

If you intend to request an exemption to satisfy the requirement 

  • Students, faculty, and staff can request an exemption from the University’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement on medical or religious grounds, or for reasons of conscience. Application review can take up to two weeks.
  • Details on requesting an exemption are available in the FAQ below.

How to Get Vaccinated & Boosted

Additional details about vaccine availability can be found on our vaccine distribution web page.

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) 

FAQ

What if I do not get vaccinated against COVID-19?

Individuals who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 must have an exemption and will be required to test weekly. Testing compliance will be managed through the COVID-19 Testing Pathway Program.

What if I have to miss class or work due to side effects of receiving the vaccine? 

COVID-related illness is a legitimate university absence. Your instructors or supervisors will work with you to manage your academic or work requirements if your vaccine appointment or side effects impact your ability to attend class or work.

Who will have access to my vaccination data? 

This survey instrument used to collect your COVID-19 vaccine booster information is facilitated by Qualtrics, which has entered into an agreement with Ohio University asserting that they will handle personally identifiable information (PII) in a manner that is in compliance with applicable laws. For more information about Qualtrics’s privacy and security statements, please visit qualtrics.com.  Any use of the data complies with applicable privacy laws under the supervision of Dr. Gillian Ice, Special Assistant to the President for Public Health Operations. 

I am an employee working remotely. Does this policy apply to me? 

Yes. The vaccine requirement applies to all employees, including those working remotely. The health of our University relies on the health of every individual employee.

I am taking all my classes virtually. Does this policy apply to me? 

This policy applies to any student with an on-campus presence or who is participating in in-person University activities, including students who are enrolled in a campus-based program but taking classes online. The policy does not apply to OHIO Online and College Credit Plus students who do not access University facilities on any campus in person.

Are volunteers, campus visitors, and guests required to be vaccinated? 

The vaccine requirement does not apply to volunteers, campus visitors, and guests, but the University strongly encourages that everyone be vaccinated against COVID-19. Everyone, regardless of their vaccination status, is required to wear masks when indoors on all OHIO campuses.

Exemptions

What exemptions are allowed under this policy? 

Students, faculty and staff can apply for an exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical reasons or for reasons of conscience, including ethical and moral belief or sincerely held religious beliefs.

Exemption from the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement does not exempt you from other COVID-19 public health requirements, including masking and testing, which require separate exemption requests. 

What is required if I am seeking a medical exemption?

Faculty, staff, postdoctoral/postgraduate trainees, and students seeking a medical exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement must access, apply and submit supporting documentation. The medical exemption request must include a signed letter from a medical provider on their practice’s letterhead confirming the basis for the request and supporting documentation (Please note that a medical provider note alone requesting an exemption will not be sufficient information for review). The University’s COVID-19 Vaccine Medical Exemption Review Committee will review the request.

The Medical Exemption Review Committee may require additional information to complete its review and the process may take more than two weeks. Medical exemptions may be granted on a temporary basis and are subject to reassessment.  

Reasons for a medical exemption include:  

  • Documented history of severe allergic reaction to a component of each currently available COVID-19 vaccine.  

  • Documented history of severe or immediate-type hypersensitivity allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine, and separate contraindication to other available formulations.  

  • Receiving immunosuppressive (weakens the immune system) treatment and advised by a medical provider to defer vaccination until a future date.  

  • Immunocompromised individuals including those who have recent (within the past three to six months) hematopoietic or solid organ transplant.  

  • Another medical condition where it is advised by a medical provider to forgo vaccination or to defer vaccination until a future date.  

Examples of conditions that are NOT considered for a medical exemption include:  

  • History of severe allergic reactions to foods, oral medications, latex, pets, insects, and environmental triggers.  

  • History of immunocompromising conditions where the vaccine may be less effective.  

  • Fear of needles.  

  • A history of vaccine side effects or general avoidance of vaccines.  

Other considerations:  

  • People who were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma or who were diagnosed with multisystem inflammatory syndrome should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine.  

  • A history of COVID-19 infection or positive antibody screen is not considered a substitute for vaccination.  

Exemption from the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement does not exempt you from other COVID-19 public health requirements, including masking and testing, which require separate exemption requests

What does “reasons of conscience" mean?

Reasons of conscience include sincerely held ethical, moral or religious basis for not getting vaccinated against COVID-19.  

What is required if I am seeking an exemption for reasons of conscience?

Your request for an exemption from the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement must include an original statement explaining why your belief is incompatible with vaccination. A committee from University Equity and Civil Rights Compliance, made up of representatives from University Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion, Student Affairs, and a faculty representative, will review and consider requests.

Exemption from the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement does not exempt you from other COVID-19 public health requirements, including masking and testing, which require separate exemption requests

If I receive an exemption from OHIO, does it apply to my internship, clinical or practicum?

No. If you are participating in an internship, practicum or other similar learning experience you must work directly with that organization to comply with its requirements. OHIO’s exemption will not extend to any external organizations.

Exemption from the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement does not exempt you from other COVID-19 public health requirements, including masking and testing, which require separate exemption requests

Will I have to follow more stringent health and safety protocols if I receive an exemption? 

Yes. Those who receive an exemption from the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement must participate in weekly asymptomatic COVID-19 testing.

Reporting

If I have already been vaccinated, how do I report my vaccine information? 

Vaccines will be recorded through the COVID-19 Testing Pathway Program. If you have already selected the Vaccination Pathway and uploaded proof of vaccination, no further action is needed.

I am on the Weekly Testing Pathway but now I’m vaccinated against COVID-19. How do I change my pathway?

You must resubmit your pathway selection along with your vaccination record via the COVID-19 Testing Pathway Program by using the unique link that was provided to you in your original pathway confirmation email or by pasting this link into an incognito browser: https://ohio.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8i9R119LHXErT2C. You must sign in with your OHIO email and password. 

I already reported my vaccine information to comply with the COVID-19 Testing Pathway Program. Do I have to do it again? 

If you already selected the Vaccination Pathway and uploaded proof of vaccination through the COVID-19 Testing Pathway Program, no further action is needed.

I lost my vaccine card. How can I get 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.