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Required Immunizations

Under University policy, students must comply with the following:

  1. The COVID-19 vaccine, including booster, when eligible (the COVID-19 vaccine requirement is applicable to all students in the U.S.)
  2. Vaccines/proof of immunity for a number of other, non-COVID diseases (applicable to most students in programs/research that convene in person)

The list of vaccines that students must comply with are based on their program of study and will be included in their list of action items in the “Medical Clearances” section of the my.WellnessPortal. Detailed information is below.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

The University announced that all students participating in in-person classes, research, or activities in the U.S. are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 starting with the 2021 Autumn Quarter, with limited exemptions. The COVID-19 booster requirement was announced in December.

How to Access a COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots are available in the U.S. from pharmacies and other local providers, and it is often easiest to schedule a booster appointment there. You can find a nearby vaccine site by visiting vaccines.gov.

UChicago Student Wellness is offering COVID-19 vaccines/boosters on campus. Availability for appointments can be searched through the my.WellnessPortal. Due to high call volumes, we ask that you please do not call Student Wellness regarding booster availability. COVID vaccine/booster appointments are added to the portal regularly.

Individuals are eligible to receive a booster shot five months after completing the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine series, or two months after receiving Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.  If your vaccination included a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization but not the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, you should be eligible to receive a booster shot after five months as described on the booster information page of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Once you become eligible and receive a booster shot, upload the record information using the steps above.

Deadlines for COVID-19 Vaccine

  • December 17, 2021: New students participating in any University in-person or on-campus activity that begins in January 2022 will need to show proof of full vaccination or have an approved exemption by December 17, 2021. 
  • January 24, 2022: Students who are eligible for boosters must upload proof of booster, or apply for an exemption, by this date.  The deadline for submitting proof of boosters for all other students is one month after they become eligible for a booster. 
  • May 23, 2022: New students participating in any University in-person or on-campus activity that begins in June 2022 will need to show proof of full vaccination or have an approved exemption by May 23, 2022.

Requirement for Other (non-COVID) Vaccines

The State of Illinois and the University require students to show proof of immunization for a number of other, non-COVID diseases. See below list. 

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Meningococcal (for students entering the University under the age of 22)

Medical students have additional requirements that can be found on the medical student immunization form.

Immunization Record Instructions

Step 1: Collect Records

Gather acceptable forms of documentation. This includes healthcare provider records, school immunization records, clinic/hospital records, International Certificate of Vaccinations or other official documentation of your vaccination history. For the COVID-19 vaccine, we will accept a photo of your vaccine card or copy of your medical record clearly indicating the vaccine manufacturer and the dates the dose(s) were administered. Please make sure that the record is in English; translations of non-English documents must be certified. The University does not provide translation services, but advice on finding a service can be found on the Office of International Affairs website.

For non-COVID vaccines, you can ask your healthcare provider to complete the appropriate form:

If you are unable to receive some immunizations prior to arriving on campus, please call UChicago Student Wellness at 773-834-WELL to schedule an appointment. 

Step 2: Submit Records

Log in to the my.WellnessPortal using your CNetID and password, and then click on “Medical Clearances” from the left-hand menu. Here you will provide the dates you received your immunizations AND upload your completed documentation, including proof of COVID-19 vaccine. You must enter dates for each vaccination; uploading documentation alone is not sufficient.  This section also includes information about submitting medical and religious exemptions. Please read the instructions carefully and allow up to 10 business days for verification. Once you are compliant, you will see a green check mark and "Compliant" next to the vaccine. 

Questions? Please email the Immunizations Team at UChicago Student Wellness at StudentWellness@uchospitals.edu.

Exemptions

There are a limited number of exemptions, as described below and in the University’s Vaccination FAQs. Students who are not vaccinated or do not have an approved exemption will not be authorized to access campus facilities or participate in in-person classes, research, or other activities after their vaccination deadline. This could also result in restrictions on course registration. Students who are not vaccinated, but who have an approved exemption, will be permitted to participate in in-person classes, research, and activities, but will be required to get tested weekly for COVID-19 through the University’s surveillance testing program and may be required to follow additional mitigation measures.

Exemptions that Apply to All Immunization Requirements (COVID and Non-COVID)

Medical and Religious

Please refer to the Medical Clearances section of the my.WellnessPortal for further instructions. Through the portal, you can download the necessary exemption form (which are also linked below) and upload your completed form.

Studying Remotely During 2021-22

Starting with the 2021 Autumn Quarter, students who are not returning to campus or participating in any University-sponsored in-person class, research, or activity may request an exemption on a quarter-by-quarter basis. The Studying Remotely Exemption Form must be emailed to studentwellness-notification@uchicago.edu.

Exemptions that Apply Only to the COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

Recently COVID-Positive

Students who recently tested positive for COVID-19 can receive a 90-day exemption from the vaccine requirement by emailing a copy of their test results to studentwellness-notification@uchicago.edu. After this 90-day period, students will be required to comply with the COVID-19 vaccine requirement, and participate in the University’s surveillance testing program until fully vaccinated and may be required to follow additional mitigation measures. In limited circumstances, students who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 may request a modification of the 90-day exemption. Students who wish to apply for such a modification must complete the Prior COVID-19 Exemption Form and email it to studentwellness-notification@uchicago.edu. Requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Exemption Forms (PDFs)

Immunization Records

To request a copy of your prior immunization records from the University of Chicago, please complete a release of medical records form and email to UChicago Student Wellness at studentwellness@uchospitals.edu.

Vaccines Offered at UChicago Student Wellness

View the list of vaccines UChicago Student Wellness currently offers (most are offered free of charge; a few incur a small fee).

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