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Required Immunizations

For detailed instructions regarding the immunization requirement please view the immunization webinar.

Under University policy, students must comply with the following:

  1. The COVID-19 vaccine: All students studying or doing research in the U.S. will be required to provide proof that they have received at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized or approved by the FDA or WHO. Students who do not upload proof of having received two vaccine doses will be required to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing if they are coming to a Chicago-area facility for any reason and at any frequency. Further information on how to comply with the testing requirement will be sent at a later date.  
  2. Vaccines or proof of immunity for a number of other, non-COVID diseases: 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 (applicable to most students in programs/research that convene in person). Detailed information is below.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Vaccinated Individuals

Effective September 16, 2022, the University has announced revised COVID-19 vaccination requirements for 2022-23. All students participating in in-person classes, research, or activities in the U.S. are required to provide proof that they have received at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized or approved by the FDA or WHO.

Additional COVID-19 vaccine doses (e.g., booster shots) beyond the initial two vaccine doses will not be a University requirement; however, the University strongly recommends that individuals continue to receive vaccine boosters as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Individuals who have already uploaded proof of two vaccine doses to the my.WellnessPortal do not need to take further action. Vaccinated individuals who have not uploaded proof of vaccination to the my.WellnessPortal are encouraged to do so as soon as possible and should do so no later than by the deadlines below.

Unvaccinated Individuals

Anyone who does not upload proof of receiving two vaccine doses will be required to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing if they are coming to a Chicago-area facility for any reason and at any frequency. Further information will be sent to unvaccinated individuals. 

In general, unvaccinated individuals no longer need to request an exemption from the vaccine mandate, though they are required to take part in weekly testing. People who are working remotely or taking classes remotely still must request an exemption based on their remote status. (For more information, see Exemptions below.)

Deadlines for COVID-19 Vaccine

  • August 1, 2022: New students participating in any University in-person or on-campus activity that begins in August 2022 will need to show proof of full vaccination by August 1, 2022.
  • September 16, 2022: New students participating in any University in-person or on-campus activity that begins Autumn Quarter (September 2022) will need to show proof of full vaccination by September 16, 2022.

Submit COVID-19 Vaccination Record

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 all records are 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.

Requirement for Other (non-COVID) Immunizations

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.

Deadlines for Other (Non-COVID-19) Immunizations

  • July 8, 2022: New students participating in any University in-person or on-campus activity that begins Summer Quarter 2022 will need to show proof of immunity or have an approved exemption by July 8, 2022.
  • October 21, 2022: New students participating in any University in-person or on-campus activity that begins Autumn Quarter 2022 will need to show proof of immunity or have an approved exemption by October 21, 2022.

Immunization Record Instructions

Step 1: Collect Records

Gather acceptable forms of documentation. Proof of immunity must include at least one of the following: 

  • A copy of your current school certificate of immunizations, this can be your high school or college record.
  • A copy of your immunizations from your physician’s office
  • Completed UChicago immunization form (must be signed by a licensed health care provider)

Please make sure that all records are 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

If you are unable to receive some immunizations in your current location prior to arriving on campus, please call UChicago Student Wellness at 773-834-WELL to schedule an appointment to receive the necessary vaccine(s). 

Step 2: Submit Records

Incoming students may begin submitting documentation on the following dates:

  • Medical Students: June 15
  • All other students who begin in Summer Quarter 2022: June 1
  • All other students who begin in Autumn Quarter 2022: August 1

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; it is not sufficient to upload documentation without entering dates for each vaccine. This section also includes information about submitting medical and religious exemptions. Please read the instructions carefully and allow up to 21 business days for verification. Once you are compliant, you will see a green check mark and "Compliant" next to the listed immunization. 

Questions? Please send a secure message to the Immunization Team in the my.WellnessPortal.

Exemptions

There are a limited number of exemptions, as described below.

1. COVID-19 Vaccination Exemptions

COVID-Positive 90-Day Exemption

Students who have recently tested positive for COVID-19 may be granted, upon request, an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for 90 days after the date of the positive test result.  Students requesting the 90-day exemption should email their positive test result to studentwellness-notification@uchicago.edu.  Students approved for the COVID-Positive 90-day exemption are not required to participate in weekly testing during the period of exemption.

Remote Study Exemption

Students who will be remote for a quarter and will not come to campus at all may request a remote study exemption. This must be submitted and approved on a quarterly basis. 

Students must complete and submit this form to studentwellness-notification@uchicago.edu.  The form will be reviewed and verified with the student’s area Dean of Students office.  If approved, the exemption will be entered into the student’s my.WellnessPortal, with an exemption granted for that quarter.

Remote-only means that you will not have access to University facilities in the Chicago area.

2. Other Immunization Exemptions (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.

Note: under the revised COVID-19 vaccination policy, medical or religious exemptions are not necessary for individuals unvaccinated for COVID-19 and should only be requested for non-COVID immunizations. 

Remote Study Exemption

Students who will be remote for a quarter and will not come to campus at all may request a remote study exemption. This must be submitted and approved on a quarterly basis. 

Students must complete and submit this form to studentwellness-notification@uchicago.edu.  The form will be reviewed and verified with the student’s area Dean of Students office.  If approved, the exemption will be entered into the student’s my.WellnessPortal, with an exemption granted for that quarter.

Remote-only means that you will not have access to University facilities in the Chicago area.

Exemption Forms (PDFs)

Non-Compliance

COVID-19 Requirement: Students who are not in compliance with the COVID-19 vaccination requirement (either through vaccination or through weekly testing) are not 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. 

Non-COVID Requirement: Students who are not in compliance with the University’s non-COVID immunization policy are subject to restrictions on course registration as outlined in the Student Manual

Immunization Records

To request a copy of your prior immunization records from the University of Chicago, please email 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).

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. Additional appointment availability is added regularly.

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