Under University policy, students must comply with the following:
- The COVID-19 vaccine (applicable to all students in the U.S.)
- 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.
The State of Illinois and the University require all students to provide proof of immunizations, generally at least 30 days before returning to campus for classes, to avoid class registration holds in subsequent quarters. For a general overview of the immunization requirement, please view this video (recorded June 2020, prior to the COVID-19 vaccine requirement announcement).
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.
- Review this step-by-step guide to uploading proof of your COVID-19 vaccine.
- Read the detailed Frequently Asked Questions.
Deadline for COVID-19 Vaccine
- August 1: Students participating in any University in-person or on-campus activity that begins in June, July or August will need to show proof of full vaccination or have an approved exemption by August 1. This includes early-arrival fall athletes and anyone in classes, labs, pre-matriculation, pre-orientation, orientation, University-sponsored trips, or other programs.
- September 1: All other students will need to show proof of full vaccination or have an approved exemption by September 1, 2021.
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. Course registration holds are placed for non-compliance with this requirement. These immunizations include:
- Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis
- 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. This section includes information about submitting medical and religious exemptions. Please read the instructions carefully. Documentation typically takes up to 14 business days to review; exemptions may take longer. 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exemptions that Apply Only to the COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Emergency Use Authorization
If students have questions associated with the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) status of the COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S., they may contact UChicago Student Wellness at email@example.com. See the University’s Vaccination FAQs for additional information about the EUA regulatory process as well as how to apply for a temporary exemption to the vaccine mandate.
Exemption Forms (PDFs)
- Medical Exemption (must be uploaded to my.WellnessPortal)
- Religious Exemption (must be uploaded to my.WellnessPortal)
- Exemption Due to Studying Remotely (must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Exemption for COVID-19 Vaccine Due to Recent Diagnosis of COVID-19 (must be emailed to email@example.com)
- Temporary Emergency Use Authorization Exemption Form (must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 email@example.com.
Vaccines Offered at UChicago Student Wellness
For questions about how to receive a COVID-19 vaccine on-campus or whether you can travel to campus unvaccinated, please read these detailed Frequently Asked Questions.
View the list of vaccines UChicago Student Wellness currently offers (most are offered free of charge; a few incur a small fee).